Moana Makapelu Lee sits down with two members of our reporting team, proud Tongans Soana Aholelei and Alice Lolohea, to hear their reaction to the Miss Heilala fallout. Miss Heilala Background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUZw4A8ft0w
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Tonga's former Miss Heilala Kalo Funganitao has been expunged from Miss Heilala records for not fulfilling her role to crown the incoming Miss Heilala. The Kingdom of Tonga made headlines this week when Funganitao delivered a damning outgoing speech accusing organisers for bullying and mistreatment. Here's what happened.
Seinafolava Sanele Chadwick and Moana Makapelu talk about Miss Heilala news, the Pacific Games tally, Blackcaps domination and... Marama's new baby!
Labour's Mana MP Kris Faafoi is the new Associate Minister for Housing in charge of Public Housing, following the Prime Minister's Cabinet re-shuffle last week. He has 18 months to make an impact before the next general elections. So with many Pacific and Māori families making up a large number of state and social housing residents, or those still on a waiting list, what are Faafoi's plans and vision for NZ's state houses? Moana Makapelu Lee took a trip to his electorate in Porirua to find out.
Indira Stewart and Seinafolava Sanele Chadwick talk Indira's RNZ show First Up, Miss Heilala controversy and the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.
Experts in te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani launched the Cook Islanders Teachers & Educators Collective New Zealand (Au Taunga Korero Kūki ‘Āirani o Aotearoa) last night. The group aims to provide pathways for New Zealand-born Cook Islanders to learn and speak the language, including having it taught across all levels of education.
Tagata Pasifika congratulates His Highness Dr Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi on receiving his Doctor of Letters from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Here, the former Samoan Head of State remarks on the beautiful Samoan pese that the University performed at his ceremony.
Around 80,000 people in the Pacific are blind. One place making a difference is the Vanuatu National Eye Centre, restoring sight in the Pacific with the support of the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ.
You would have seen him reading the news on TVNZ's Breakfast, but that's all about to change. Samoan Daniel Faitaua is the new TVNZ Europe correspondent, and he's heading to London next month. Soana 'Aholelei caught up with him this week to talk about his new role and what it means for his family.
This week saw Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern flex her muscle in her first cabinet reshuffle which saw two Pasifika MPs promoted. Kris Faafoi heads inside cabinet, while outside cabinet is incoming minister Poto Williams. Marama sat down with the Christchurch East MP.
Marama and John talk Pacific news of the week, including the rise of Pasifika MPs, the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa and the first Polynesian Sports Illustrated model.
The government has today announced it’s updated national strategy to prevent and minimize gambling harm. Currently, about 5% of New Zealand’s population experiences some level of individual gambling harm. The key focus of the new strategy is improving equities for Maori, Pacific and Asian communities which are disproportionately impacted by gambling harm. The Associate Minister […]