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Tongan corrections officer known as ‘Grandma’ celebrates 30 years on the job

67-year-old Senior Corrections Officer Fabiola Matapule has worked for the New Zealand Department of Corrections for 30 years. Before that, she was part of the first women police recruits who assumed duties in the '60s in Tonga. Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility (ARWCF) decided to throw her a surprise party in recognition of her service.

YES or NO to cannabis?

Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill? The coalition Government says the proposed bill seeks to control and regulate cannabis and reduce the harm to communities caused by drugs – but not everyone agrees. Our reporter Johnson Raela takes a look at the arguments from both sides of the fence.

Political talanoa with National Party leader Judith Collins

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, an economic recession and an election postponement, two women are vying for the leadership of New Zealand. Alistar Kata sat down with National Party leader Judith Collins for this week’s talanoa.

TP+ Election 2020: Politicians discuss the big issues for Pasifika

With three weeks to go before the election, we asked three of our Pacific MPs how their parties plan to get the nation back on its feet through Covid-19. National's Fonoti Agnes Loheni, Labour's Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki and the Green's Teanau Tuiono join host Alistar Kata.

Labour announces $28.5m Pacific Education Innovation Fund in response to COVID-19

Part of the Labour Government’s Pacific Education Action Plan 2020-2030 was rolled out this week. The $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund will be spread out over four years.  The new funding will go towards educators, early learning services, schools, tertiary education providers and community groups. “The purpose of the fund is to support comprehensive, […]

Chef Monique Fiso gives staff a paid week off

Samoan Māori chef Monique Fiso has given her 13 staff at her award-winning Wellington restaurant Hiakai a paid week off  “in a nod to a tough year, among a drive to create a better work culture, and because it is Mental Health Awareness Week”, Stuff reports. “We need a break – we are human like […]

Elections: Talanoa with Winston Peters

In this week's political talanoa, Moana Makapelu Lee sits down with Deputy Prime Minister and leader of New Zealand First Winston Peters to discuss Covid, election policies and the Pacific reset.

Seasonal work visa available to more people

The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries. The Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) visa will be automatically given to about 11,000 working holiday visa holders in New Zealand with visas expiring between 1 November 2020 and 31 March 2021. These visas will allow […]

Cannabis referendum discussion for young Pacific voters

The Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Trust (PYLAT) recently hosted a discussion on the upcoming Cannabis referendum in Ōtautahi Christchurch for Pacific young people. In the first of PYLAT's iSpeak events, Green's Co-Leader Marama Davidson and National’s Christchurch Central Candidate Dale Stephens discuss their thoughts on whether cannabis should be legalised in New Zealand. Film copyright Selwyn Gamble and PYLAT 2020 iSpeak TV Crew Selwyn Gamble - Videographer, editor and producer Maria Pula - MC Josiah Tualamali'i - Discussion Facilitator