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TP+ Tongan pageant queen: “I was left with no other choice but to speak out”

Outspoken Tongan pageant queen Kalo Funganitao says she had no choice but to speak out over the weekend after an unsuccessful year trying to address issues offline. Now she's calling for a complete revamp of Tonga's iconic Miss Heilala beauty pageant.

Pacific on show at South Pacific Tourism Exchange

The South Pacific Tourism Exchange partnered with Māori Tourism for the first time this week, showcasing close to 100 Pacific and Māori tourism businesses to international buyers and sellers.

Diary of WWI Cook Islands soldier Tuaivi Mose

When Cook Islander Tuaivi Mose went off to war in 1915 leaving behind his family in New Zealand for the battlegrounds of Gallipoli, he would keep a record of his experience in a diary. Over a century later his writings are being turned into a special book by his living descendants. Moana Makapelu Lee has this story.

New Zealand-Niue relationship strengthens with new high commission

New Zealand’s relationship with Niue got a further boost this week with the opening of the new New Zealand High Commission near Alofi.

Soldiers Without Guns

A new documentary , Soldiers Without Guns, has been released that retells the brutal history of the Bougainville Civil war which arose when Australia mining company Rio Tinto bulldozed there way on traditional lands to create the world’s largest copper mine. The mine would be the genesis of a bloody war that would last for ten years until NZ Soldiers armed not with guns but guitars intervened.

Vai: The Pacific feature film made by nine female filmmakers

A stunning new feature film has been made with not one but nine Pacific female filmmakers, filmed in seven Pacific countries. The film, called "Vai", follows a character through different stages of her life. Soana Aholelei caught up with two of the directors.

Rare book contains earliest known Pacific tapa

A rare book contains some of the earliest known Pacific tapa collected by Captain Cook during his voyages through the Pacific.

King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u visit New Zealand

King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u of the Kingdom of Tonga were in Wellington this week following a royal invitation from the New Zealand Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy.

TP+ Tessa Temata new NZ High Commissioner to the Cook Islands

Her Excellency, Tessa Temata is New Zealand’s High Commissioner to the Cook Islands. The career diplomat is the first woman of Cook Islands descent to take up the role of Head of Mission in the Cook Islands. Before she left for the Cooks this week, she was interviewed on radio PMN 531 and met with […]

TP+ Pacific Leaders Summit for Peace

The HWPL Pacific leaders summit for peace wrapped up in Sydney earlier this week. Run alongside the Youth Peace Summit, it brought 14 representatives from the Pacific together to support HPWL's call for world peace....

TP+ Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Leaders Summit 2019

The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) wrapped up it's leaders summit in Auckland earlier this week. The regional news organisations brought CEOs, producers and managers from around the Pacific to discuss the challenges facing the industry in the islands.

TP+ Ep 5: What makes us Pacific Islanders?

What makes us 'Pacific Islanders'? Alistar Kata and John Pulu discuss Pasifika identity with Fijian influencer Malcolm Andrews, Samoan poet Grace Taylor and Auckland Councillor Fa’anana Efeso Collins.