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Kreative Kokanuts: New Cook Islands arts show launches online

Kreative Kokanuts is a new Cook Islands-made online arts show which delves into the lives of Cook Islands creatives and their view on the challenges of 2020. The show, produced by Xiik Studios, is the first of its kind to come from the Cook Islands. One of the creative minds and producers of the series, […]

Pacific Island Food Revolution Season 2 starts this week

The second season of reality cooking show Pacific Island Food Revolution starts this week in New Zealand. Hosted by Kiwi chef Robert Oliver, the series shines a spotlight on the different cuisines of the Pacific and the people who make them. Teams of two from Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa compete in various competitions that […]

Fourth generation Tongan carver shaping history

By Michelle Curran Wood carving is not just a craft for Mani Lavaka, it is an opportunity to share the histories and cultures of Polynesia. Mani is the fourth generation of Tongan carvers and is carrying on the traditional craft his father Tevita passed onto him as a young boy growing up in Niutoua, Tongatapu. […]

Inside Tahiti’s battle with Covid-19

There’s been almost 10 Covid-19 deaths in Tahiti since the country opened their borders in July. Case numbers are rising rapidly on a daily basis as the island nation struggles to contain the virus.

Niue entrepreneur launches virtual market to connect local makers with the world

A new online platform selling Niue products has launched. Niuemarket.com is founded by musician Glen Jackson, who saw how locals, including himself, were impacted by border closures and lack of tourism to Niue due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “During the first lockdown of Covid-19, no visitors were able to come here. That meant a lot of […]

Covid-19 case total in French Polynesia passes 650

RNZ Pacific French Polynesia has registered another 26 Covid-19 cases, raising the tally in the latest outbreak to 658. The first outbreak between March and June affected 62 people and was brought under control with a lockdown and border closures. For the past week, the territory has recorded a double-digit number of new cases every […]

Samoa’s Teuila Festival goes digital

Samoa’s 30th annual Teuila Festival, one of the largest cultural festivals in the South Pacific, is being celebrated in Samoa this week, and for the first time the festival has gone digital. In the wake of the global pandemic, people from across the world are getting the opportunity to experience a taste of Samoa’s unique […]

Samoa announces more repatriation plans

Samoa’s next repatriation flight from New Zealand has been scheduled for 11 September. Next Friday’s flight follows the cancellation of a previous flight on 28 August due to the resurgence of Covid-19 in Auckland. Close to 300 stranded seasonal workers who were booked on that flight will now return home next Friday. Prime Minister Tuila’epa […]