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A Māori Samoan family’s journey of learning the gagana in Samoa

In 2017 Māori journalist Renee Kahukura Iosefa and her Samoan husband, Walker Iosefa, made the decision to move to Samoa to provide an opportunity for their three children to learn their Samoan language and cultural heritage. Now, three years on, they've made the decision to return to Aotearoa. The Iosefa family share their journey of discovery by celebrating the importance of living the language.

Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa: Interview with Samoa’s first female prime minister

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa reflects on the turbulent months leading up to her installment as Prime Minister of Samoa.

Remembering fearless Hawaiian activist Haunani-Kay Trask

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm a patriot of the Hawaiian nation. The Hawaiian nation burns in our hearts."

Proposed law changes in Samoa has legal community worried

The Government of Samoa has been heavily criticised by legal experts in Samoa, New Zealand and Australia over proposed law changes to three bills currently before a Parliament select committee. There are concerns that the changes will impact the legal rights of all Samoans to their customary lands and chiefly titles. Renee Kahukura Iosefa has this story.

SAMOA ELECTIONS: 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.

TALANOA: Latest update on Samoa’s new Government

Samoa's FAST Party is the new Government. It comes after yesterday's Appeal Court ruling which legitimised the impromptu swearing-in ceremony held in a marquee in May. Marama T-Pole spoke with Lagi Keresoma, Senior Reporter for Talamua Media, this morning from Apia to give an update on the situation there.

SAMOA ELECTIONS: Preliminary results show closest race in decades

Samoa went to the polls yesterday and preliminary results show a hung election. The new FAST party has come in with 25 seats as has the HRPP at 25, with 1 Independent. Political commentator Mata'afa Keni Lesa joins us from Apia to give his take on what this means for Samoa.

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.

Covid-19: Cook Islanders stuck in New Zealand finally return home

After more than a month in lockdown in New Zealand, the Cook Islands Golden Oldies netballers and supporters made their way home to the Cook Islands this morning. The netball team is part of a larger contingent of Cook Islands residents who were under a 14-day quarantine at the Holiday Inn in Māngere, Auckland. They will undergo a further two weeks of quarantine once they touch down in Rarotonga.