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Samoa election: Independent MP sides with new FAST party

By RNZ Pacific Samoan Independent MP, Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio, has confirmed he will join the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party following more than a week of post-election deliberations. The Samoa Observer reports the decision comes hours after the paper revealed that as part of his negotiations with both parties, Tuala had asked […]

Strong support for new national Fale Malae site

Engineering difficulties with the original Bunny Street site has made the Fale Malae Trust choose Frank Kitts Park in Wellington as the new proposed site. All it needs is Wellington City Council approval.

POLYFEST 2021 LIVE: Tongan master artist shares her knowledge

Punake (master artist) Milika Pusiaki has been working with schools to help preserve the Tongan culture through singing and dancing. She shares some of her knowledge and gives a sample of the Tongan Tau'olunga.Milika Pusiaki is from the Fe’unu Koula, Academy of Tongan Arts, Dance and Culture.

POLYFEST 2021 LIVE: First Saturday back after two years

John Pulu chats to the ASB Polyfest Director Seiuli Terri Leo-Mauu about the excitement of putting on Polyfest after two years of cancellations.

Samoa election: Why the results are so close, and what happens next

Samoa's general election has been nail-biting with the two main parties FAST and HRPP tied at 25 seats. Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa from Auckland University gives us insight into what happens next for Samoa.

$6.6 million boost for mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples

Mental health and addiction amongst the Pacific community is the focus for an extra $6.6 million of Government funding to increase access to mental health support services. Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Health (Pacific), Hon. Aupito William Sio, announced the extra services at an event held last week at the Fonua Ola […]

Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua to join new Super Rugby competition in 2022

In a significant step forward for Pacific Island rugby, Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua have been granted conditional licences to join a planned new professional competition next year, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced today. The NZR Board’s decision to approve licences is a major step toward the two Pasifika teams joining NZR’s existing five Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa […]

Final count starts in Samoa election

By RNZ  The final and official count for the Samoa general election 2021 started this morning. By 11pm last night, all special votes had finally been sorted to the electoral constituencies – all done in the presence of official scrutineers. Provisional results over the weekend had the two main political parties, the HRPP, and the […]

History made in NZ with first Pasifika judge outside Auckland

The New Zealand city of Lower Hutt has become the first outside Auckland with a Pasifika resident District Court judge. By Dominic Godfrey for RNZ Pacific The selection of Michael Alaifatu Mika, a Samoan New Zealander, is being hailed as the vanguard of diversity and representation, the embodiment of Te Ao Mārama – a reflection of […]