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SPORTS
Mens NZ Sevens trialists for Olympics named


Art

Artist updates work for large-scale survey exhibition


HEALTH
Improving wellness while living with long-term conditions


ENVIRONMENT
World Bank warns the Pacific about deep sea mining

May 2nd 2016
Art
Artist updates work for large-scale survey exhibition
Works made over the last twelve years by renowned Avondale artist, Janet Lilo, are being updated and made anew for the artist’s first solo survey exhibition Status Update, opening 28 May at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi.
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May 2nd 2016
Business
Murphy Su’a appointed Acting CEO of Pacific Business Trust
The Board of Trustees of the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) have announced the appointment of Murphy Su’a as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, for the next three months while it commences recruitment for a permanent replacement.
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April 29th 2016
Environment
World Bank warns the Pacific about deep sea mining
In a new World Bank report released in April, Pacific Island countries in support of or considering deep sea mining activities are being told to proceed with caution, to avoid “irreversible damage to the ecosystem.”
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April 29th 2016
Entertainment
Maori TV’s Pacific Voyagers film wins award in United States
Te Mana o te Moana The Pacific Voyagers has won a prestigious award at the New York Film and Television Awards this week.
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April 28th 2016
Entertainment
Monterey documentary to premiere this May
A new documentary premiering as part of the Doc Edge Film Festival features a couple trying to keep their Auckland café in business and their family of Samoan workers intact.
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April 28th 2015
Community
Wellness for our Metua Pakari
A new pilot programme for the elderly in the Glen Innes, Panmure, Point England and Mt Wellington areas has been launched to provide time away from home for our elders. Called Metua Pakari, the programme is a partnership facilitated by the Auckland Eastern Bays Kuki Airani Trust and Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare.
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April 27th 2016
Entertainment
South Auckland Hood Musical to screen during NZ Music Month
The ‘hood musical’ Groove City set, and made, in south Auckland almost six years ago, is finally getting released this NZ Music Month.
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April 27th 2016
Entertainment
SBW and The Rock Banter about Rugby
Sonny Bill Williams (SBW) and Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson banter over Twitter about the Rock joining the All Blacks’ Sevens Team to cover for injured players.
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April 22nd 2016
Health

GPS hits the mark
Le Va’s third national conference, Growing Pasifika Solutions (GPS) for our Young People started in style at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, South Auckland.
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April 22nd 2016
Health
Do you know the signs of meningitis?
Meningitis kills or disables around 1.2 million people worldwide each year. Even with prompt diagnosis and treatment, approximately 10% of patients die and up to 20% or more sustain permanent damage and disability. Pacific Trust Canterbury, the largest provider of Pacific health and social services in the South Island is encouraging communities to be aware and know the symptoms of Meningitis.
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April 22nd 2016
Politics
More women in Tonga should participate in politics, says New Zealand MP
NZ MP Jenny Salesa, who hopes to inspire more Tongan women to participate in politics ahead of Tonga’s local body elections in June, says one of the main obstacles is women themselves.
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April 20th 2016
News
Pacific youth award winner meets Helen Clark in New York
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark met with Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards Leadership and Inspiration winner in New York.
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April 19th 2016
Entertainment
Kiwi-Samoan Frankie Adams nabs Hollywood Role
Congrats to Kiwi-Samoan Frankie Adams on being cast in Season 2 of US Syfy space drama series The Expanse, based on a book series of the same name.
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April 19th 2016
News
Pacific Business Trust CEO dies suddenly
Rob Neru, a leading Wellington businessman and the CEO of the Pacific Business Trust, died suddenly at work on Friday April 15.
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April 15th 2016
Education
Former Oceania Media intern nabs National Business Review Award
Anuja Nadkarni, a former Oceania Media intern, was presented with the National Business Review (NBR) Award at the annual AUT Awards ceremony on April 12th.
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April 13th 2016
Education
Fijian-Samoan journalist awarded for diversity reporting
TJ Aumua was presented with the SPASIFIK Magazine Prize and Storyboard Award for Diversity Reporting at AUT’s School of Communications Studies’ annual awards ceremony on April 12th.
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April 13th 2016
Health
New family violence intervention service in West Auckland
Sadly, family violence is a serious and prevalent issue for many Pacific families in West Auckland, with around 35 incidents being reported to the Police every week. In response to this serious issue, Auckland based innovative health organisation The Fono is now able to offer specialised social work support to affected families.
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April 13th 2016
Environment
Pacific nations look to NZ for fisheries advice
40 Pacific fisheries ministers and officials are in Wellington for a study tour of New Zealand's approach to catch-based management systems.
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April 12th 2015
Education
Eye on health and well-being of Pacific youth
The latest round of findings from the 14 year measurement wave of the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study will be examined at a research symposium being held at the AUT South Campus in Manukau this week.
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April 11th 2016
Sport
Parker’s final battle on home ground – at least for a while
Joseph Parker's IBF heavyweight title elimination bout against Carlos Takam will be held less than 10 kilometres from where he grew up in Mangere, at Manukau's Vodafone Events Centre.
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April 6th 2016
News
Investigation into Apia tank explosion underway
An investigation to determine the cause of an explosion, which claimed the life of a maintenance worker, at Apia in Samoa has begun.
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April 1st 2016
Opinion
A Girl’s Place
What are we saying to the girls in our community when we tell them they can’t do this, or that, because they’re girls? What messages are we sending to them when we allow boys their freedom and restrict girls with the threat of shame? MATA LAUANO discusses how the encouragement of these kinds of gender roles in our Pacific communities isn’t just problematic but potentially dangerous
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April 1st 2016
Entertainment
Hunt for the Wilderpeople well-received by New Zealand critics
Taika Waititi's long-awaited new film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, premiered at Auckland's Hoyts Cinema in Sylvia Park on Wednesday 30 March 2016, to glowing reviews from local critics.
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March 30th 2016
News
New NZ think-tank launched to advance Pacific research
Research into the challenges and opportunities facing the Pacific Islands and their communities will flourish thanks to the uniting of the resources and expertise of three New Zealand universities.
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March 23rd 2016
News
Joe Naufahu talks about his Game of Thrones break
Otara-boy Joe Naufahu, who we’ve featured in Spasifik before, has opened up about landing his role in the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones via his Instagram.
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March 21st 2016
Entertainment
Open yourself to The Wholehearted
2016 marks 25 years of Massive Company! In keeping with the authentic style that Massive Company is renowned for, The Wholehearted weaves together stories of devotion from the very young to the very old. An honest portrayal of the extreme power of love.
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March 17th 2016
Community
Have your say on Suicide Prevention
The Ministry of Health is coordinating a series of workshops to revisit The Suicide Prevention Strategy that they say has been a valuable guide for suicide prevention actions for the past 10 years. The aim of workshops is to decide what is important to concentrate on over the next 10 years. Workshops commenced on 1 March and run through to 23 March, with two upcoming events that will have a Pasifika focus and another with a Maori / Youth focus.
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March 15th 2016
News
Tautai celebrates 30 Years in Style
Tautai celebrated 30 years of supporting contemporary art in Auckland with a celebration at its Ponsonby home in central Auckland.
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March 14th 2016
News
Game of Bros’ cease and desist woe
Māori TV’s new Pan-Pacific warrior challenge show, where comedians "Pani and Pani" go in search of the "Mr Lavalava" of their dreams, has been hit with a cease and desist order from Warner Brothers.
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March 14th 2016
News
New Pacific IUU report puts confirmed figure on illegal tuna fishing
The findings of a major study which will put accurate and up to date numbers to the nature and extent of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing will be made public in March.
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March 10th 2016
SPASIFIK issue 64
Georgie from the Marae

The long-held dream for a music and arts centre in the East Auckland suburb of Glen Innes became a reality in 2014 with the opening of Te Oro, with the name being gifted to the centre by Ngati Paoa. Behind the stunning new centre is Ruapotaka Marae, run by Georgie Thompson, or ‘Georgie from the marae’ as she’s commonly referred to. While proud Maori have such a prominent place in the busy East Auckland suburb, Georgie ensures that it’s for the benefit of all people
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March 10th 2016
News
Pasifika - Paradise in the Park
Pack your sunhat and sunscreen, and plan your journey to Western Springs Park – Pasifika returns this weekend.
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March 9th 2016
News
Cyclone stricken Vava’u likely to run out of food in the near future
New estimates of the damaging effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Tonga reveals that the 2nd largest Island in Tonga, Vava’u, is likely to run out of food in as little as two months.
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March 8th 2016
News
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa likely to be Samoa's first female deputy PM
In the spirit of International Women’s Day let’s congratulate the first woman to be appointed Deputy Prime Minister in Samoa, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.
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March 7th 2016
News
BYU’s Living Legends brings Seasons to NZ
Brigham Young University’s highly acclaimed cultural performance company Living Legends are bringing Seasons, a celebration of Latin American, Native American and Polynesian song and dance, to New Zealand.
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March 7th 2016
News
Auckland Museum opens new Treaty of Waitangi Exhibit

Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum presents Treaty of Waitangi, a new exhibit on the Treaty of Waitangi and how it affects New Zealanders today. The small scale exhibit, situated in the Māori Court, aims to provide an insight into the history of the Treaty from multiple perspectives. It touches on the ongoing Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Process including the work of the Waitangi Tribunal which turns 40 years old in 2016.
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March 4th 2016
Entertainment
The Double Sunrise from Lanu
Kiwi- born and raised producer Lance Ferguson, who’s now based in Melbourne, is better known as the founder and guitarist for the Bamboos funk/soul band.
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March 4th 2016
News
Samoa’s general elections are well underway
So far there are reports of high voter turnout, since the polling started this morning.
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March 3rd 2016
SPASIFIK issue 66
Why women of colour matter in superdiverse New Zealand
Mai Chen, author of the Superdiversity Stocktake: Implications for Business, Government and New Zealand publication launched in November, calls for a formal multicultural policy to be implemented to reflect the growing diversity in New Zealand
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March 3rd 2016
Entertainment
Mahana out now in cinemas
Internationally acclaimed director Lee Tamahori’s first New Zealand film in 20 years, Mahana, based on the 1998 award-winning novel Bulibasha by Witi Ihimaera, is now showing nationwide.
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March 2nd 2015
News
Opeloge Ah Sam conducting the Auckland Wind Orchestra
The Auckland Wind Orchestra is proud to present "Musical Landscapes" conducted by Opeloge Ah Sam, the first person of Samoan & Pasifika person to ever have conducted the NZ Symphony Orchestra.
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March 1st 2016
News
Tim Cahill first Samoan to showcase at New York Fashion Week
One of Australia’s top professional football (or soccer) players, born to a Samoan mum and Australian dad of Irish descent, Tim Cahill, calls himself a ‘fashion geek’.
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March 1st 2016
News
Three Wise Cousins changing the game
In a Radio New Zealand (RNZ) interview with Simon Morris, one of NZ's Leading Film Critics, Three Wise Cousins director Stallone Ioasa discusses the continued success of the film following their Samoan premiere.
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February 29th 2016
News
First Niuean-English Bilingual book published
SPASIFIK contributor Zora Feilo has written Tales of Niue Nukututaha, believed to be the first ever bilingual book in both the Niuean and English languages.
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February 26th 2016
News
ECHO “Hear our Stories” at Mangere Arts Centre tonight at 7pm
The Living Wage Movement Aotearoa and Tongan Youth Trust warmly invite you to attend ECHO - “Hear our stories” - young people performing their stories through dance, music, media and spoken word.
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February 26th 2016
News
Pasifika - Paradise in the Park
Pasifika Festival invites Aucklanders to explore a slice of island paradise at Western Springs Park on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March. As the world’s biggest celebration of Pacific Island culture and heritage in the world, the festival celebrates its 24th birthday this year.
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February 25th 2016
News
Nick roars as the new lead in a West End production
Nick Afoa can’t wait to be King….again. New Zealand born Samoan Nick is set to star on London’s West End as Simba in Disney’s landmark musical The Lion King.
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February 25th 2016
SPASIFIK issue 66
Positive transport initiative revives tragic history
The three-lane road bridge over the Tamaki River is a bustling and busy thoroughfare that connects Auckland’s eastern suburbs of Panmure and Pakuranga. Very few who regularly use it are aware that a hill in Panmure, which the bridge passes through, was the site of Mokoia Pa, a thriving settlement, where the people of Ngati Paoa have lived for centuries.
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February 25th 2016
Health
How rare are genetic muscle conditions in Maori & Pacific people?
A national study of genetic muscle disorders has returned few responses from Māori and Pacific people, prompting questions from researchers leading the world-first investigation.
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February 24th 2016
News
Cyclone Winston shatters Fiji
Fiji has been hit by its worst ever cyclone recorded when category 5 Cyclone Winston tore into it over the weekend. A national curfew is being lifted today and all public transport services are resuming as the massive clean-up begins.
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February 23rd 2016
News
Auckland Museum to host 2016 Pacific Arts Association Xii International Symposium
Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira is proud to be hosting this year’s Pacific Arts Association XII International Symposium 14-17 March, 2016 in partnership with Ngāti Whātua, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board and Māngere Arts Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.
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February 22nd 2015
News
Kiwis encouraged to celebrate Pacific languages
Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is urging all Kiwis to learn a few words of another Pacific language this year to keep the use of these languages alive in New Zealand.
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February 19th 2016
SPASIFIK issue 66
Rising voice of grace
Grace Teuila Evelyn Taylor, of Samoan and European descent, is a published Poet and author, a co-founder of the South Auckland Poets Collective (SAPC), a co-founder of Niu Navigations, co-founder of the Rising Voices Youth Poetry Movement, a teaching artist who runs poetry workshops, a mother, and now a writer of theatre following the success of her show My Own Darling, which was recorded live by Radio New Zealand Drama and played frequently in 2015. She chats with LAUMATA LAUANO about downtime with her son, being an artist and what it means to be a daughter of Oceania, challenging the ideas of the contemporary Pacific woman
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February 18th 2016
SPASIFIK issue 66
Oprah’s inspiration gratefully received
This year I celebrate my 25 years in the real estate industry. There have been many changes in real estate, especially in relation to technology. It gives those of us in the industry, and in the market to buy or sell, greater options, widening the world we live in.
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February 17th 2016
Education
Cecelia masters teaching and engaging young Pacific people
Teaching in some of Auckland’s schools, Cecelia Faumuina, noticed how few of the Pacific students were engaged with the work.
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February 16th 2016
Education
Conference ignites pan-Pacific action on climate change
Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) of Victoria University of Wellington Winnie Laban says Pacific nations need to weave together and act now to avoid tragedy as the effects of climate change take their toll on the region.
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February 15th 2016
News
Pioneering Cook Islands Artist and Educator Ian George Dies
Cook Islands artist and educator Ian David George died peacefully in Rotorua, having been ill for the past two years.
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February 9th 2016
SPASIFIK issue 66
Pacific Talent shines at Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards
The achievements of five of the country’s most talented young Pacific people were recognised at the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards (PMPYA) at Parliament in December.
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February 4th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 66
The Minstry for Pacific Peoples - a new name and look to reflect NZ’s Pacific communities
Two talented Pacific graphic design students are the stars behind the Ministry for Pacific Peoples' new visual identity.
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February 4th 2016
News
Labour MP blasts suggestion to move South Auckland families further south
Proposals to address the crisis over Auckland State House waiting lists by shifting South Auckland Pacific families as far as the South Island are ill-conceived, says Jenny Salesa, MP for Manukau East.
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February 4th 2016
News
Pacific people in New Year 2016 Honours
Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has congratulated the Pacific recipients of appointments and awards in the New Year 2016 Honours.
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February 2nd 2016
News
Auckland Museum partners with MIT for Taku Tāmaki Auckland Stories South, a new on campus exhibition
Opening on Tuesday 1st of March 2016 Taku Tāmaki: Auckland Stories South at MIT Manukau represents an exciting new partnership between Manukau Institute of Technology and Auckland War Memorial Museum.
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Febuary 2nd 2016
SPASIFIK issue 66
Polynesian Pioneers
The Polynesian Panthers were the first New Zealand-born Pacific generation who actively sought social justice against racism and discrimination. Labelled a gang by the media and authorities during the 1970s, the group of 17-19-year old Panthers protested against the dawn raids and were pioneers in providing legal representation against established authorities which has led to today’s legal aid system that all New Zealanders can access.
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