Tagata Pasifika

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since 1987

Moana Pasifika’s first game against the mighty New Zealand Māoris

Soana 'Aholelei caught up with New Zealand's Pacific Islands rugby team, Moana Pasifika, ahead of their debut match in Hamilton against the Māori All Blacks.The Māori All Blacks vs Moana Pasifika Saturday December 05, 2020 Kickoff: 7.05 pm FMG Stadium, Waikato Hamilton New Zealand

FIFA executive Sarai Bareman named in global list of influential women in soccer

Chief Women’s Football Officer for FIFA Sarai Bareman, of Samoan and Dutch descent, has been named in a global list of 11 influential women in soccer. The inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup Best XI is comprised of the athletes, executives, journalists, coaches, and other individuals who are doing the most to advance women’s soccer. “The […]

New Zealand Paralympian #50 Shelley Kalivati celebrated

Last week Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) marked the nineth community event as part of The Celebration Project, where the achievements of New Zealand’s 209 Paralympians since Tel Aviv 1968 were officially recognised and celebrated. 18 New Zealand Paralympians were celebrated at Government House including Shelley Kalivati, who received her official ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as Paralympian […]

Damien Ekenasio using basketball to empower Wellington youth

Former basketballer Damien Ekenasio played 17 seasons with the Wellington Saints, which included six national league titles. After hanging up his laces two years ago, he’s now giving back to the sport by leading Capital Basketball, a group using the sport to empower youth across the Wellington region.

Historic first squad for Moana Pasifika unveiled

The colours of Pacific nations Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will come together under the first ever Moana Pasifika squad named by Head Coach Fa’alogo Tana Umaga to play an historic match against the Māori All Blacks next month. Moana Pasifika squad 2020 (Mitre 10 Cup team in brackets) FORWARDS Alamanda Motuga * (Counties Manukau) Daniel […]

Bike stunt competition sheds a positive light on Ōtara’s Bike Culture

Ōtara is home to a growing bike culture that has often been condemned by onlookers. However a recent bike competition aimed to dispel stereotypes and bring the riders and their community closer together.

Cook Islands pro-wrestler Aaron Henare taking on the world

Cook Islander Aaron Henare has been making a name for himself in New Japan Pro Wrestling, the world's second biggest promotion after WWE. Now he's wanting more Pacific and Māori to join him on the big stage.

Moana Pasifika to play Māori All Blacks in Hamilton for the first time

Moana Pasifika will play the Māori All Blacks at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton on Saturday, 5 December, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced today. It will be the first time a team has played under the Moana Pasifika banner. The match also brings together the Māori All Blacks for the only time in 2020 and […]

Tonga XIII too strong for Niue XIII at Mt Smart

Mt Smart hosted its first game of the calendar year as Niue Rugby League and Hakula Tonga went head to head as part of NZRL’s Clash of the Pacific Women’s Double Header. It didn’t take long for Tonga to break the deadlock as number 23 Alice Vailea took advantage of a great first set to […]