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A Māori Samoan family’s journey of learning the gagana in Samoa

In 2017 Māori journalist Renee Kahukura Iosefa and her Samoan husband, Walker Iosefa, made the decision to move to Samoa to provide an opportunity for their three children to learn their Samoan language and cultural heritage. Now, three years on, they've made the decision to return to Aotearoa. The Iosefa family share their journey of discovery by celebrating the importance of living the language.

Covid-19: How are service workers and schools handling NZ Alert Level 3?

For many of our people in the service and manufacturing industries, some of the key concerns for union organisers have been around their personal safety.For parents who need to work, schools are open, but many schools only have a handful of students.

TP+ Airport scholarship teaches life skills to Pasifika school leavers

Over summer amid fears of coronavirus, Pasifika school leavers were at the coalface doing their bit to protect NZ borders, thanks to a summer education scholarship awarded by Auckland Airport. The scholarship gave them valuable experience working in full-time employment during one of the busiest periods of the year.

Covid-19 Alert Level 3: ‘It came as a shock, but we were ready’ – Auckland Principal Karl Vasau

Now that Auckland is in Alert Level 3, schools are closed and most students are back to learning from home. Alistar Kata talked to Karl Vasau, Principal of Rowandale School in Manurewa and member of the Pasifika Principals Association, to see how the Pacific teaching community is responding.

The free little library making a big impact in Mt Roskill

Tuigamala Lei Toetu has started a new chapter in his life. He's set up the 'Book Stop', a free little library to inspire a love of reading and forge community connections.The Book Stop is open 24/7, providing access to free books in areas where resources are scarce. At the same time, Tuigamala transforms old fridges destined for landfill by repurposing them for the little library.

Tuipoloa Opetaia Aati’s speech | SunPix Awards 2019

ProCare Top Year 5 Pacific Medical Student at the University of Auckland, Tuipoloa Opetaia Aati's inspiring speech."I want to embolden you to not be limited by anyone's opinions of you, of what you can or cannot do. You can do anything you set your mind to. Dream big, and you have what it takes to achieve great things."#SunPixAwards2019

Service Excellence Award Winner Talanoa Ako | SunPix Awards 2020

Meet the team behind Talanoa Ako (Ministry of Education), recipient of the PHARMAC Pacific Service Excellence Award at the 2020 SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards. Talanoa Ako is a parent education programme that embraces Pacific values and empowers parents to champion their children’s education.#SunPixAwards2020

TP+ Pacific conference encourages more young people to take up law

A lack of Pacific representation in the NZ legal profession is the catalyst for the inaugural Pacific Lawyers Association Conference this week, bringing together lawyers from across the country in an effort to entice more young people into the legal profession.

Meet Whanganui Community Leader Hellen Puhipuhi | SunPix Awards 2019

Meet Ministry for Pacific Peoples Community Leadership Award Winner Hellen Puhipuhi. Hellen is an Aunty to the Whanganui community. Her vision to nurture and grow a new generation of Pacific educators and leaders has resulted in a successful Born & Raised Pasifika Early Childhood centre with bilingual units in Samoan, Fijian and Cook Islands children - which will celebrate 10 years next year.#SunPixAwards2019