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SPORTS
Manu Samoa Sevens take up Running Man Challenge...in Paris


ENTERTAINMENT
Korero Mai, Korero Atu: Artists Areta Wilkinson and Te Rongo Kirkwood at Auckland Museum


HEALTH
Pacific leaders will meet to tackle NCDs


EDUCATION
How to rebuild post-Cyclone Winston Fiji

May 24th 2016
Health
Pacific leaders will meet to tackle NCDs
Pacific Island leaders, ministers and officials from regional and global development agencies will gather in the Kingdom of Tonga from 20-22 June 2016 to discuss better ways to tackle the region’s non-communicable diseases (NCDs) crisis.
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May 24th 2016
Education
How to rebuild post-Cyclone Winston Fiji
Staff and students from Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland will travel to Fiji next month to research how communities can rebuild post-disaster.
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May 23th 2016
Entertainment
Korero Mai, Korero Atu: Artists Areta Wilkinson and Te Rongo Kirkwood at Auckland Museum
Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira announces an exciting new exhibition of contemporary art this June: Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu: Artists Areta Wilkinson and Te Rongo Kirkwood at Auckland Museum.
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May 20th 2016
Education
Mentor initiative drive Pacific midwives numbers up
Pacific midwife numbers are on the rise in South Auckland, thanks to a mentoring initiative led by Pasifika Midwives Aotearoa, supported by AUT midwifery department.
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May 20th 2016
Education
First law student cohort at AUT South Campus signals milestone for Manukau
AUT this year has welcomed the first cohort of law students to its South Campus in Manukau.
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May 20th 2016
Entertainment
Kinetic Wayfinding brings Move home to Mangere.
South Auckland theatre company Kinetic Wayfinder’s latest project is a dance theatre play focused on the complex emotions young people experience.
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May 19th 2016
News
Calls to ban Islam in Samoa
The Secretary General of the Samoa Council of Churches, Reverend Ma'auga Motu, says Islam poses a future threat to the country, however a New Zealand academic says these calls are fuelled by ignorance.
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May 19th 2016
HEALTH
Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme commonly asked questions
Rheumatic fever is a deadly disease with 92% of all cases affecting Pacific and Maori children. It starts with a sore throat and can lead to heart surgery, and is more prevalent in the colder winter months. Rheumatic fever is a painful illness that is preventable, so take note of the key prevention message: Get your child’s sore throat checked now.
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May 18th 2016
News
Govt looks into laws around murder and manslaughter following Moko’s death
A report into whether law changes are needed has been ordered by Justice Minister Amy Adams, following the downgrade of murder charges to manslaughter for the killers of Moko Rangitoheriri.
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May 18th 2016
Health
Mangere Town Centre Celebrating Nine Years Smokefree
Mangere residents have reason to celebrate this month with their town Centre set to commemorate nine years since it became Smokefree in 2007. ASH New Zealand invites Mangere’s local residents and wider community to come together on Saturday the 28th of May, at the Mangere town square, to celebrate where it all began.
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May 18th 2016
Education
Turning trash into treasure
Research by a Victoria University of Wellington Master’s graduand is revealing innovative new ways to recycle waste in the Pacific using 3D printing.
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May 17th 2016
News
Auckland Libraries Celebrate Samoan Language Week
Fa’atauaina le Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa e Faletusi a Aukilani!
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May 16th 2016
News
More NZ TV content now available for Pacific TV audiences
Public broadcasters in the Pacific are starting to relay New Zealand television sports, drama and news as part of a New Zealand Government initiative announced in September last year.
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May 16th 2016
Health
Pasifika Medical Association Conference celebrates 20th Year in August
The conference “The pathway to leadership is service” will be held on 24, 25 and 26 August 2016 at the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland.
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May 13th 2016
Health
National Health Notice: Measles case confirmed in traveller
Were you or someone you know on this flight? The Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued a health advisory notice confirming a case of measles in a traveller who flew from Rarotonga on April 24 arriving in Auckland at 06:10 on April 25 on Jet Star flight JQ130.
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May 13th 2016
Sports
Manu Samoa Sevens take up Running Man Challenge…in Paris
In the video uploaded to their official facebook page, various members of the Manu Samoa Sevens squad are seen doing the running man (the new move, not the original) around Paris, from around their hotel to on the field. 
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May 12th 2016
Community
Stress less with effective budgeting
Pacific Trust Canterbury (PTC), the largest provider of Pacific health and social services in the South Island knows all too well how making ends meet can be challenging, stressful and a huge burden on your well-being. Struggling to re-pay debt, pay everyday bills like rent, power and groceries, meet the costs of school fees and uniforms, vehicles and cultural obligations can all mount up and add to your stress. Whatever your financial situation, budgeting can benefit you whether you’re in debt or saving.
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May 12th 2016
Community
Fiji calls for child psychologists to help sexual abuse victims
With an increase in child sexual abuse victims in Fiji, there is a call for child psychologists to help these victims, many of whom are left traumatised. 
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May 11th 2016
Entertainment
Tusiata Avia releases third poetry book
Poet Tusiata Avia is launching her third and latest book Fale Aitu / Spirit House in Auckland.
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May 11th 2016
Entertainment
Pacific Dance Festival 2016
A new festival brings Pacific contemporary dance to the floor at Mangere Arts Centre (June 13 – June 18) bringing to fruition an idea years in development by Pacific Dance New Zealand.
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May 10th 2016
Sports
Samoan players received no match payments for their game against Tonga
Samoa Rugby League coach Matt Parish has criticised those in charge of international rugby league at the NRL, calling them "weak".
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May 10th 2016
Environment
Study shows we’ve lost five islands to climate change
Climate change has resulted in rising sea levels and erosion which have caused five reef islets in the Solomon Islands to be completely lost, increasing the devastating impact of climate change on low lying Pacific countries.
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May 9th 2016
Education
Strategic perspective, not small decisions
Sonya Hapi’s journey on the board started when her first daughter started at Irongate School and Sonya approached the principal about being on the PTA. The principal suggested she put herself forward for the school board instead, and gave her a nomination form. Sonya went for it and nine years on she is still on the board. While her children are still attending Irongate School, Sonya intends to be there as well, so she is standing again in the 2016 triennial elections.
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May 9th 2016
Education
On the board for all students at school
Rosalie Feleti-Ivala’s eldest child was home schooled, but when she put her name forward for election to the board of Dunedin’s Brockville School three years ago, Rosalie had two children at the school. She knew she could have relationships with teachers, but wanted a deeper relationship and involvement with the school.
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May 6th 2016
Community
Mangere youth speaks out against stereotyping
15-year-old Mangere College student, Paul Lesoa, has spoken out against those who look down on people who come from Mangere.
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May 5th 2016
Environment
Using Social Media as a climate-change fighting tool
In moving with the times, and choosing to fight rather than sink in silence, a group of Pacific Islanders calling themselves Pacific Climate Warriors are using social media to bring awareness to their climate change plight.
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May 5th 2016
News
Mass arrests at West Papua demonstrations
Indonesian police detained hundreds of West Papuan pro-independence demonstrators across Papua on the anniversary of Dutch New Guinea's 1963 integration into Indonesia.
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May 4th 2016
Education
Karakia in schools under threat from court action, says academic
Dr Paul Moon, Professor of History at Te Ara Poutama – AUT’s Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development – says that a recent failed court action to ban Bible lessons from schools will not be the last attempt to remove religious instruction from the country’s state schools and it puts karakia under threat as well.
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May 4th 2016
Sport
Kangaroos may introduce war dance in 2017
The Australian rugby league team are looking to introduce a war dance for when Australia and New Zealand host the next rugby league World Cup in 2017.
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May 4th 2016
Education
Pacific high schoolers encouraged to be tomorrow’s leaders
More than a hundred Pacific Year 13 high school students from 30 high schools across Auckland recently attended a special programme with a vision to inspire them to achieve their very best, and assist them to explore and make informative decisions for their educational and career pathways.
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May 3rd 2016
Community
Tonga looking at parliamentary quotas for women
The Tongan government is exploring ways it can increase the number of women participating in politics. At the moment there are no female MPs and there have only been a handful of women in both local body and national politics.
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May 3rd 2016
Health
Raising awareness of rheumatic fever
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the start of the 2016 rheumatic fever awareness campaign.
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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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