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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.

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.

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 Island Food Revolution makes its NZ television debut this weekend

Hoping to bring authentic Pasifika cuisine to the small screen and away from white rice and noodles, Kiwi Chef Robert Oliver has created Pacific Island Food Revolution, a brand new reality cooking show filmed in the Pacific. The show launches on TVNZ1, Saturday December 21st, straight after Tagata Pasifika.

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.

Samoa Measles Epidemic: The Long Road to Recovery

Two months on, Samoa is picking up the pieces after last year's measles epidemic that recorded over 5700 cases and claimed 83 lives. But as Anauli Karima Fai'ai reports, it's a long road to recovery.

Samoa’s nationwide shutdown

The Samoan Government shut down for two days this week to carry out their immunisation campaign. For many people in New Zealand, travel plans to the region have been cancelled, as they weigh up the risks of travelling to Samoa.

Tuvalu family in lockdown in Morocco

With Morocco still under lockdown since 20th March, Tuvalu-born Bill and his wife Aimee and twin boys Ronaldo and Zindane have been staying safe in their apartment in Casablanca.They've spent the last three years volunteering and 'worldschooling' in over 30 countries. But due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the family are now overstaying in Casablanca. Soana Aholelei caught up with the family to see how they are doing during lockdown and how their “eat, pray, love” journey is thus far...

Tokelau hopes to compete in next Commonwealth Games

Tokelau are one step closer to competing in the next Commonwealth Games. Leading the push is Tokelau’s first Olympic wrestler, Ilai Elekana Manu.