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ENVIRONMENT
 Cook Islands creates large Pacific Ocean reserve: Marae Moana

SPORT
New Pacific rugby partnership kicks off


  HEALTH
 Pacific Homecare customer always determined


      COMMUNITY      
    Stories of our Pacific fathers: Tokelauan Migration Story

July 27th 2017
COMMUNITY
Stories of our Pacific fathers: Tongan Migration Story

The final story in the Pasefika Proud Migration and Legacy series of our Pacific fathers features Nimi Finau who migrated from Tonga in 1960.
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July 26th 2017
EDUCATION
Victor Rodger to convene Maori and Pasifika Creative Writing Course

Acclaimed Samoan-Scottish dramatist Victor Rodger will convene the new writing course at Victoria University of Wellington.
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July 25th 2017
BUSINESS
Pacific flavours to tickle palates at Auckland Food Show

Nine Pacific Island food and beverage companies from five countries will showcase and sell their goods of packaged foods and drinks at the Auckland Food Show this week.
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July 24th 2017
COMMUNITY
David Tua: Love and Leadership

David Tua may have retired from the boxing ring four years ago, but the former world heavyweight title contender can still wow an audience, as he revealed how the love of his life helped turn his life around and give him new purpose with their Love Leadership Programme.
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July 21st 2017
HEALTH
Pacific Homecare customer always determined

Pacific Homecare customer Tolopo Falanaipupu Faapito was a champion cricketer in her day, with the help of her husband, family and Pacific Homecare she is determined not to let her health get her down.
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July 20th 2017
COMMUNITY
Stories of our Pacific fathers: Tokelauan Migration Story

This Pasefika Proud Migration and Legacy video from the Stories of our Pacific fathers series features Niusila Taupe from Tokelau. Niusila says that when he first came to New Zealand he had no problems because of fellow Pacific people and the church.
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July 20th 2017
HEALTH
Communities win and lose against the alcohol industry

With the help of Auckland-based Pacific Health Orginisation The Fono, mental health patient Nicholas Ah-Kee has been able to kick his smoking habit in the butt read about his journey
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July 18th 2017
Environment
Cook Islands creates large Pacific Ocean reserve: Marae Moana
The Cook Islands has passed legislation to create one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world, Marae Moana.
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July 17th 2017
Sports
New Pacific rugby partnership kicks off
A new sporting partnership will promote healthy lifestyles and encourage teenagers in the Pacific to take part in sport.
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July 14th 2017
Sports
Pasifika Challenged Photo Essay Preview
Let's take a look at how the Pacific community lit up Eden Park at the pre-Lions warm up test on June 16 when the Manu Samoa played the mighty All Blacks and the Ikale Tahi (Tonga) took on Wales.
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July 14th 2017
HEALTH
Fono mental health patient kicks smoking in the butt

With the help of Auckland-based Pacific Health Orginisation The Fono, mental health patient Nicholas Ah-Kee has been able to kick his smoking habit in the butt read about his journey
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July 13th 2017
News
Kiribati Independence Day Celebrations in NZ 2017
With a growing population of I-Kiribati in New Zealand let us take a look at a brief history of the islands, of I-Kiribati in NZ and what events are being held this week in NZ to celebrate Kiribati Independence Day July 12 2017.
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July 13th 2017
Community
Stories of our Pacific fathers: Cook Islands Migration Story

The second in the Migration and Legacy: Stories of our Pacific fathers series comes from Samuel Samuel who came to New Zealand from the Cook Islands in 1964 on scholarship. 
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July 13th 2017
Environment
Taputapuatea Marae New World Heritage site
A Maori, Pacific and indigenous studies professor says newest world heritage site in the Pacific connects all of Polynesia.
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July 12th 2017
Sports
Humpday highlights: Pacific Nations Cup Rounds 1 and 2
Check out the highlights from Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2017 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup below as Fiji qualifies for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Samoa and Tonga still in competition for second Oceania qualifying spot.
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July 11th 2017
Community
Gathering of the 3000 engages Pacific men on key issues

Pacific men assembled to take part in more than 20 workshops at the Gathering Of The 3000, the first event of its kind aimed at tackling issues facing the community, in particular Pacific men.
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July 11th 2017
Community
Stories of our Pacific fathers: Samoan Migration Story

Pasefika Proud's new series of Migration and Legacy stories of our Pacific fathers launched at the Gathering of the 3000. Watch and listen to Etipasi Daniells-Silva who migrated from Samoa in 1958 with dreams of becoming a film star.
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July 11th 2017
Education
Best Pacific: Learning to Win

As Head of School for the BEST Pacific Youth Academy, as well as former All Whites player and successful coach and administrator, Colin Tuaa helps students to gain the qualifications for the workforce of today.
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July 10th 2017
Entertainment
Miss Samoa NZ 2017 crowned at Fale Samoa in Mangere
Miss Samoa NZ 2017 winner Natalie Leitulagi Toevai hopes to take advantage of her position to further empower young Pacific women. LAUMATA LAUANO reports
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July 10th 2017
HEALTH
Fono GP on making lives better at an affordable cost

General Practitioner Doctor Raina Elley enjoys a varied clientele at the affordable Fono Central clinic in Auckland city, where she has taken on a more permanent role after two years working as a locum Doctor.
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July 7th 2017
Education
Pacific books round up

From Michael Fitzgerald’s debut novel about the last days of Robert Louis Stevenson, The Pacific Room, to a collection of plays from some talented Pacific playwrights, there should be something you or a loved one might be interested in reading.
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July 7th 2017
HEALTH
Teina always going the extra mile

Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare’s Employee of the Month for June was Support Worker Teinakore-O-George Tutai (Teina). Teina's dedication to looking after her complex clients and going the extra mile is what makes her such an asset to the team
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July 7th 2017
Community
A Porirua-Proud Youth Leader

Youth-leader Brienela Tauira, whose family found it a struggle upon arriving from the Cook Islands, is proud to be from Porirua and keen to contribute what she can to make her home-town violence-free.
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July 7th 2017
Entertainment
From Fields to Film Fests
Co-director of the Pasifika Film Festival, and Education and Welfare Manager for New Zealand Rugby League Nigel Vagana, spoke with LAUMATA LAUANO about the importance of Pasifika Film Fests for our people
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July 6th 2017
News
Kapasa the tool for incorporating Pacific perspectives into policy design
Kapasa is a new Pacific Policy Analysis tool which offers a valuable policy perspective for Pacific peoples launched in late June.
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July 6th 2017
Business
PBT helping make money matter to kids

To help combat the lack of financial literacy skills among the Pacific community Brittany Teei and her mother Teri (Tereapii) launched Kids Coin, an online tool that empowers students from years 3-10 to teach themselves about money.
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July 6th 2017
Community
Niue Family Violence Training Programme in Manukau

A Niue Family Violence Training Programme - Koe Fakatupuolamoui he tau Magafaoa Niue - will be held in Manukau, Auckland over five full days of training between 13-21 July.
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June 30th 2017
Community
Tokelau Family Violence Training Programme in Porirua

A Tokelau Family Violence Training Programme - Kāinga Māopoopo will be held in Porirua over five full days of training between 6-14 July. The programme aims to help practitioners, community leaders, and community members who may engage with Tokelauan families to prevent family violence.
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June 28 2017
Entertainment
Māori success to be celebrated at 2017 Matariki Awards
Julian Dennison, Taika Waititi, Mike King and Graham Hoete are among finalists announced for the 2017 Matariki Awards to be hosted by Stacey Morrison and Pio Terei at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Friday 21 July.
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June 27th 2017
HEALTH
Help people quit smoking with The Fono

New Zealand's largest Pacific health and social services organisation and Pacific Employer of the Year (2016) The Fono are looking for a Pacific Health Promoter - Quit Coach to join their Ready Steady Quit Team.
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June 27th 2017
Community
David Tua hopes to inspire hundreds of Pacific Men to change lives

Hundreds of Pacific men will gather in Wellington to address issues such as family violence, health and financial capability at a time when police investigations into family violence hit a record high.
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June 26th 2017
HEALTH
Time to ditch sugary drinks in schools

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) and Maori health care provider Hāpai Te Hauora have called on Education Minister Nikki Kaye to back ‘water only’ schools as two primary schools become the first in Auckland to ditch sugary drinks completely.
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June 20th 2017
Education
Wellington ICT on attracting Pasifika and Maori students

Launched in May 2016, the graduate school aims to create a diverse supply of industry-ready talent for New Zealand’s growing ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) sector.
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June 15th 2017
News
MPP Chief Executive Pauline A. Winter gives thanks
In her last contribution to Spasifik Magazine in her capacity as Chief Executive of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, PAULINE A. WINTER (QSO) wishes to express thanks to all those who have supported her last five years.
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June 13th 2017
Community
Understanding and Action through Faith

Pastors Maria and Apolo Simeona of Kings Lake Living Waters and Rev Masunu Utumapu, Samoan Methodist Church Auckland South Synod are both passionate about finding solutions to the issues of family violence within their congregations and communities.
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June 13th 2017
Community
Proud to be Pasefika

As CEO of South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services (SWPICS) in Tokoroa for more than a decade, Akarere Henry is proud of the family violence work undertaken since she joined the organisation.
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June 8th 2017
Education
St Cuthberts Sister Act Scholarship Duo

An engineer, a lawyer, a teacher, a doctor; Tiana and Alayna Willis-Baker change their minds daily about what they want to do when they leave St Cuthbert’s College. The scholarship duo are sisters who were both awarded Endeavour Scholarships to study at St Cuthbert’s College.
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June 8th 2017
Art
Fāgogo o Pati Solomona Tyrell at ST PAUL St Gallery
Emerging Auckland-based Samoan visual artist, Hamilton-born and raised Pati Solomona Tyrell, explores urban Pacific queer identity in his debut solo exhibition Fāgogo at ST PAUL St Gallery, on display until July 21.
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June 8th 2017
Community
TRC helping local families get into home ownership

More than 100 Tāmaki families have completed a financial capability and mortgage readiness programme with two thirds of those who took part now working towards home ownership.
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June 7th 2017
Education
Unitec students Waiting for 2017 International Film Festival

Student film Waiting- one of two short films by Unitec students screened at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival over the Queen’s Birthday weekend- has been selected to screen as part of this year's NZ International Film Festival.
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June 7th 2017
Business
Pasifika businesses forging new digital frontiers

A three-day pre-accelerator workshop held at Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki in May saw five selected teams experience design, technology, mobile, security, data collection management, social media authentication, language protection and technology.
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May 31st 2017
Art
Dunedin based Samoan artist Ana Teofilo
Emerging artist Ana Teofilo’s exhibition “Return to Paradise and Peace” can be viewed from Tuesday 13th of June until Saturday 1st of July at the Warwick Henderson Gallery, in Newmarket Auckland.
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May 29th 2017
Community
Bridging the Gap

Working for Non-Government Organisations based in Christchurch and Samoa provides Jeremy Faumuina a useful insight into the struggles of New Zealand-born Samoans compared to those born and raised in the islands.
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May 26th 2017
Education
Samoan Language Week 2017

Samoa language week / Vaiaso o le gagana Samoa will run from Sunday 28 Mē (May) to 3 Iuni (June) 2017 with various events scheduled throughout the week, around the country, to celebrate.
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May 26th 2017
Community
Heartbreakers and Heroes

Beulah Koale knew how to act the part of a young bakery worker in the critically-acclaimed film One Thousand Ropes. It was part of the life he lived growing up in South Auckland.
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May 22nd 2017
Region
Strengthening Pacific Ties

Lonely Planet, the New Economics Foundation and Friends of the Earth all voted the Pacific nation of Vanuatu as the happiest place on earth in their happiness indexes. On an official visit in late 2016, Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai spoke to INNES LOGAN about his country’s growing relationship with New Zealand
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May 22 2017
Community
Standing up to make a difference

As the first and only Cook Islands Presbyterian minister to hold a doctorate, Rev Dr Tokerau Joseph appreciates the value of knowing one’s history and culture.

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May 18th 2017
Education
Cultural values creating strong leaders

Tongan women are using their cultural values and upbringing as a framework to build strong leadership in their workplaces, according to a new study from Massey University.
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May 18th 2017
Education
Petone: to shoot or study

When Petone Groom finished school he was faced with a tough choice: pursue professional sport like his brother and sister or leap into university. He chose to challenge himself by enrolling into university and is currently in his third year of a degree in Industrial Design at Victoria University of Wellington.
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May 15 2017
Community
United in protecting the women of the world

Presenting at the United Nations in New York Conference on The Prevention of Violence Against Women in 2013 was an honour in itself for Porirua’s Fa’aolataga Leasi. What made it more rewarding was coming away from it knowing it wasn’t ‘just another talkfest’.

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May 9th 2017
Business
A Language of Discovery

A desire to learn her native Cook Islands language is driving Koni Rairoa and her friend Lillian Arp to partner to create a language preservation app. With the support of the Pacific Business Trust, they feature in the Pasifika and Tech – Building Creative Futures event part of tech-week running May 8-12
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May 9th 2017
Business
Ticking all the right boxes

From numerous jobs involving packaging, Samoan Josephine Hale has designed and made a cardboard box that is re-useable, simple to use and perfect for supermarket owners who want to avoid staff injuries when cutting boxes in the rush to get products on the shelves.
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May 8 2017
Community
Doing it the Pasefika Way

Samoan Congregational Minister of EFKS Hornby, Reverend Fitifiti Luatua, draws on his experience from more than 30 years living in New Zealand and serving God as an ordained minister.

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May 2nd  2017
News
Pacific Homecare commends pay rise for homecare sector

At the end of April, Government announced a historic pay equity deal for care workers, a decisions which directly affects Auckland-based provider Pacific Homecare staff working with the elderly and disabled community.
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April May 1st 2017
Entertainment
60 South Auckland students called to Rise in inter-school production
A first-of-its-kind production, involving 60 students from eight different schools in South Auckland, aims to highlight the lives of young Pacific leaders growing up in the South of Auckland.
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May 1 2017
Community
Agents of Change

When Malagaoma Allan Va’a began mentoring South Auckland Pacific youth in the mid-1980s the young men that he worked with saw him as a big brother. He laughs at how he’s seen by them now.

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April 28th 2017
Entertainment
Pacific Dance Festival 2017
The Pacific Dance Festival will launch a brand new programme, running 15–24 June at Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland, following a successful run in 2016.
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April 28th 2017
HEALTH
New diabetes clinic promotes lifestyle changes to save lives

The new Pacific Responsiveness Strategy launched by PHARMAC aims to provide an opportunity to improve the health of Pacific people in New Zealand.
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April 27th 2017
Community
Pacific youth champion an aspiring social worker

Ailine Kei is an aspiring social worker who was inspired by the passion in Pacific peoples’ search for solutions to reduce family violence.

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April 21st 2017
Education
BEST celebrates 30 years of graduation

BEST Pacific Institute of Education celebrated 30 years of empowering the Pasifika community into a career-focused education path at its recent graduation at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.
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April 20th 2017
Community
A potential to be realised

As a first generation New Zealand-born Cook Islander, Minister for Pacific Peoples and former pastor at the Tamaki Community Church, Hon. Alfred Ngaro recalls growing up in the Auckland inner-city suburb of Ponsonby in the 1970s.

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April 18th 2017
Community
Breaking the Cycle

Mother of Divine Mercy Women’s Refuge helps victims of family violence get away from harm and to begin the process of healing through a ‘whole family’ approach. Susana Fiu Fetalai shares her story and how it motivated her work in family violence.

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April 13th 2017
HEALTH
PHARMAC strategy for improving Pacific health

The new Pacific Responsiveness Strategy launched by PHARMAC aims to provide an opportunity to improve the health of Pacific people in New Zealand.
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April 11th 2017
Community
Register for Cook Islands Family Violence Training in Porirua

FREE Tūranga Māori Cook Islands Family Violence Training will be held in Porirua, Wellington from 19 April 2017 scheduled across 5 full days of training through to 27 April 2017.

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April 10th 2017
HEALTH
Niva always in demand

Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare’s Employee of the Month for March was Niva Tuteru-Maroroa who always puts in 100%. Her Coordinator says she is ‘in demand’ by clients and that’s why she is our March Employee of the Month! Learn a bit about her through this Q&A
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April 7th 2017
News
Transforming Hopes from One Thousand Ropes

The Auckland and Wellington premieres in March for the film One Thousand Ropes, supported by Pasefika Proud, left audiences in no doubt about the lasting devastation violence can cause to Pacific families. Men who attended the premieres were moved by its impact
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April 6th 2017
Community
Is sending troubled youths back to the islands really the answer?

A new study of Samoan youth gangs in South Auckland has found that sending troubled youth back to their homeland can be detrimental to their wellbeing, and that of the village they are sent to.

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April 5th 2017
Entertainment
Tongan royal blessing makes music history
Auckland-based dance group Pukepuke o’ Tonga will make music history on Saturday 8 April, when they perform New Zealand’s premiere of ‘Lomipeau Aotearoa’, an album of unique recordings based on the mythical poetry of the late Queen Salote Tupou III, at Auckland Council’s Mangere Arts Centre.
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March 30th 2017
Education
PEC and MIT team up to deliver programmes in Pacific languages and cultures

The Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Pasifika Education Centre (PEC) have teamed up to deliver programmes in Pacific languages and cultures.
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March 29th 2017
Business
Path to Market delegations a hit at Pasifika

Pacific Islands Trade & Invest’s (PT&I’s) delegation of 25 small Pacific Island businesses was a hit at Auckland’s Pasifika Festival in March. It was the largest delegation yet to attend, and showcase their products at, the two-day festival under the PT&I Pacific Path to Market programme.
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March 29th 2017
Health
Pacific Providers Search for Solutions

Auckland’s health providers came together at the Novotel Auckland Ellerslie Hotel in March to develop a provider-led Pacific strategy towards self-determination in the region’s heath.

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March 29th 2017
Education
Hawaiian Graffiti Artist Estria Collaborates with Unitec students at Pasifika

Legendary graffiti artist Estria Miyashiro came to Auckland to help create art at the Hawaiian village at this year’s Pasifika Festival by way of a mural, with the help of Unitec and Kelston Girls College students.
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March 22nd 2017
News
Pacific academic, poet and author mourned

Mourners have taken to social media to pay tribute to widely known and respected Pacific academic, poet and author Dr Teresia Teaiwa following the news of her passing on the 21st of March.
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March 21st 2017
Entertainment
Against the Ropes: One Thousand Ropes Review
One Thousand Ropes, from critically acclaimed writer and director Tusi Tamasese, is a gritty Wellington-set domestic drama starring Frankie Adams and Uelese Petaia. LAUMATA LAUANO gives her take. Slight spoilers ahead.
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March 16th 2017
Community
Pasifika Fono: Shape your South Auckland Community

National health support service provider Vaka Tautua are hosting a free event calling Pasifika people of all ages and islands to come along to express their opinion and talanoa with local board members.

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March 15th 2017
Entertainment
No Time to Josh Around: Gary of the Pacific
Josh Thomson is a big man from small beginnings. Big in the fact he’s built like many Tongan men, small in that he’s from the town of Timaru in the South Island. The new movie Gary of the Pacific is his first big break as a lead role. And he couldn’t think of a better place to film it than a small Pacific island, writes INNES LOGAN
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March 14th 2017
Community
It is all going down UPsouth

The Southern Initiative (TSI) is in the process of launching a crowd empowerment platform called UPsouth.

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March 13th 2017
Environment
De-sex our cats: calling all Maori and Pacific cat owners
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. More than a third of Pacific families (35%) have a cat compared to half of Maori families and despite an increase in de-sexing cats since 2011 some families still need to de-sex their feline family members.
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March 8th 2017
Education
PISAN Fono sets up a more connected future

On March 10 - 12, for the first time ever, Pacific and Timor Leste students on New Zealand Scholarships from around the North Island will gather for the Pacific Island Scholar Alumni Network (PISAN) Fono
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March 8th 2017
Business
Pasifika Path to Market showcasing authentic Pacific products

Twenty-eight companies from across the Pacific will showcase everything from kava to ukuleles and taro cookies to the exotic Bilum of Papua New Guinea at Pasifika Festival 2017.
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March 8th 2017
HEALTH
Building Michael's Confidence

When Michael Siaopo was almost three years old, his parents Anele and Nigel, noticed he was slow in the way he spoke compared to other children his age. They initially thought he might have a hearing impairment. He didn't.
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March 7th 2017
Community
Pasifika Festival Celebrates 25 Years

Pasifika Festival, being held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March at Western Springs Park, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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March 7th 2017
Education
42nd Polyfest - Nurturing Leadership Through Culture

Cultural groups from secondary schools across Auckland are gearing up for the 42nd staging of the ASB Polyfest, which kicks off on Wednesday, March 15 to Saturday, March 18 at the Sports Bowl in Manukau.
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March 1st 2017
Education
Fitting in to Uni life

New students at the University of Auckland began their first semester of their first year fresh-eyed and bushy-tailed. There is a group of new students, however, who were already used to the hustle and bustle of university life, thanks to Unibound.
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February 27th 2017
Education
Familiar Surroundings for New Minister

Minister of Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro revealed his strong South Auckland connection visiting the Manukau Institute of Technology as special guest speaker at its latest networking event hosted by the MIT Pasifika Development team.
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February 24th 2017
HEALTH
The Unstoppable Uriaau

Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare’s Employee of the Month for January was Uriaau Epi, who found her calling while caring for both her ill sister and father.A superstar at Pacific Homecare, Cook Islander Uriaau received some great feedback from the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination service (NASC) physio.Pacific Homecare shares a bit about her through this Q&A
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February 24th 2017
HEALTH
Seeing Smiling Patients

Samoan-born and raised Patrick Soon, of Chinese and Samoan descent, is a senior dental assistant from the Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono. Based at The Fono’s Wyndham Street Dental Clinic, Patrick loves seeing patients smile once they’ve been treated.
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February 20th 2017
Education
New Partnership Combines Maori Heritage with Cooking Skills

Nestlé Cook for Life - Ka Tuna Ka Ora joins Mangere Mountain Education Centre (MMEC) to deliver a unique, interactive, daylong workshop to over 750 secondary school students across Auckland this year.
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February 20th 2017
News
Queen Mother of Tonga mourned

The queen mother of Tonga, who passed away in Auckland on Sunday 20 February 2017 aged 90, is being mourned by Tongans across the globe.
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February 17th 2017
Sports
Tongan Skier eyeing the 2018 Winter Olympics fails to finish
Less than a year away from the Winter Olympics in South Korea Tongan-English Kasete Naufahu Skeen, who transformed his life completely in a bid to represent Tonga in Alpine Skiing, was unable to achieve a result on his debut at the Alpine World Ski Champs in St Moritz.
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February 17th 2017
Business
Cruising for a Living

Mark Donaldson, winner of the Exporter category at the 2016 National Pacific Business Trust Awards, was destined for a life at sea. As co-founder and Director of Marinelogix he’s living the dream.
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February 10th 2017
Entertainment
Pacific vids round up: Ben Mikha and the Island Lifestyle
We round up some of our favourite videos of the week by, for, and/or about, the Pacific whether it be great music, funny videos or just plain cool.
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February 8th 2017
HEALTH
Growing the Pasifika Health Workforce: Athena Tapu spotlight

Multi-year recipient of a Pacific Mental Health and Addictions Scholarship Athena Tapu was inspired by her family and community to pursue Psychotherapy. Read about her journey below along with how to apply for the 2017 Pacific Mental Health and Addiction Scholarship for those interested.
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February 7th 2017
Entertainment
Tautai exhibition Sauniga

Tautai exhibition Sauniga which runs from 3 March – 25 March features works by Andrew Matautia, Pati Solomona Tyrell and Uelese Vavae, curated by Jodi Meadows.
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February 7th 2017
News
Maori health organisation condemns online slot game using Maori cultural symbols

Maori public health organisation Hapai Te Hauora has condemned an online slot game that uses Maori cultural icons including waka, stylised bone carvings, pounamu, and the haka Ka Mate.
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February 1st 2017
Business
Vaka provides young Pacific a new pathway

Four young Pacific and Maori entrepreneurs are teaming up to grow a globally competitive high-tech business made in New Zealand that is also proudly Pacific.
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February 1st 2017
Education
First-year Pasifika students to get lessons in University life

Victoria University of Wellington is for the first time, running a free academic camp to help prepare newly-enrolled first-year Pasifika students for university life.
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December 27th 2017
Entertainment
Pasifika Film fest heading to NZ
For the first time ever the Pasifika Film Fest will be coming to New Zealand in February 2017, bringing a wonderful selection of unique films from across Oceania.
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January 24th 2017
Sports
Tongan football champs set to bounce back
Tongan football club champions Veitongo FC are looking forward to a much better showing at this year's Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League Preliminary in Nuku'alofa.
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January 20th 2017
Entertainment
Pacific on the net: video round up
There are two very different Pacific films coming out this year, check out the trailers here, and we have some entertaining viral videos you may or may not have seen this week.
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January 17th 2017
HEALTH
Mili's Mission

Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare’s Employee of the Month for December was Miliaoga Fa’afaga, whose loyalty comes second-to-none. Having worked at Pacific Homecare for more than 20 years and has never called in sick Mili is always willing to go the extra mile with a positive attitude towards everything she does. Pacific Homecare shares a bit about her through this Q&A9.
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January 16th 2017
News
Pacific people in New Year Honours List
Valerie Adams, the Tongan-Kiwi Olympic gold medallist shotputter who is now a Dame, is but one Pacific name in the New Year Honours list which recognised Pacific individuals for services to their communities.
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December 21st 2016
Business
PBT supports exciting tech initiative

The Pacific Business Trust is making a commitment to support Pacific and Maori entrepreneurs in the creative, cultural and tech sectors, following the Mahuki showcase hosted at Te Papa in Wellington on Monday December 5, 2016.
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December 15th 2016
Sports
First woman on NZ Rugby Board
Dr Farah Palmer, a former Black Fern, is the first woman to be appointed to the New Zealand Rugby (NZR) board in its 124-year history following the recent retirement of Maori representative Wayne Peters.
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December 15th 2016
Health
Study to improve care of older Pacific people

A study to improve end-of-life care for older Pacific people will begin early next year at the University of Auckland as part of the Ageing Well, National Science Challenge.
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December 13th 2016
News
Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will not run in the elections next year

Dual language resources for Pasifika new entrant learners were released on December 5th, launched at Holy Cross School in Papatoetoe, Auckland.
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December 9th 2016
Education
MOE launches Pasifika dual language resources

Dual language resources for Pasifika new entrant learners were released on December 5th, launched at Holy Cross School in Papatoetoe, Auckland.
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December 9th 2016
Health
Pacific shines at the 2016 Attitude Awards

There were two award recipients of Pacific descent at the 2016 Attitude Awards, 15 year old Paralympic swimmer Tupou Seini Neiufi won the Emerging Athlete Award, and music teacher Ese Aumalesulu received the Spirit of Attitude Award.
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December 8th 2016
Health
Safekids moving Whare: raising Maori and Pacific awareness on home safety with interactive exhibition

SafeKids’ Whare, a travelling exhibition that will visit 10 regions throughout Aotearoa in 2017, will raise awareness about the leading injuries in tamariki; those that happen in the home- an issue particularly prevalent in Maori and Pacific communities.
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December 2nd 2016
Entertainment
Sons of Zion release new MV for latest single
Sons of Zion, who featured in Issue 66 of SPASIFIK Magazine, have released a new music video for their latest single ‘Now’ ahead of a summer 2016 tour with Katchafire, Aaradhna and sometimes KORA.
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December 2nd 2016
Health
Pacific Health research to help older generations create change for themselves

The Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study at AUT South Campus has been awarded almost $1 million for innovative research as part of the ‘Ageing Well’ National Science Challenge.
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December 1st 2016
Community
Tōia Talks Second Instalment featuring Anonymouz

The second instalment of Tōia Talks will take place on December 8 and will feature Anonymouz (Matthew Faiumu Salapu).

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December 1st 2016
Community
A bit of South Auckland in the CBD with popUP South

From December 1st through til the 21st, Aucklanders and tourists will be able to visit popUP South, which showcases a rich diversity of Polynesian handicrafts, food and entertainment from South Auckland at the Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s waterfront every day from midday til 8pm.

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November 30th 2016
News
Tributes continue to flood in for Kaipara boating tragedy victims
Tributes continue to flood in on social media for the seven men who died during the Kaipara boating tragedy, as well as for Taulagi (Lagi) Afamasaga, 56, who is still missing.
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November 28th 2016
Community
Canterbury Lecturer asks: Is Nathan Pukeroa our Trayvon Martin?

University of Canterbury lecturer Garrick Cooper of Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies discusses the lack of public outcry over the death of Nathan Pukeroa who was stabbed and killed by Dustin La Mont in December 2015, La Mont has been found not guilty of Pukeroa’s murder.

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November 15th 2016
Community
Sexual harassment in the Pacific a problem seldom researched

Police officers attending the Fourth Police Regional Training Program in
Nadi, Fiji from 7-18 of November discussed sexual harassment and rape as part of the two-week workshop.
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November 10th 2016
Business
NZCU Employees newest staff member Ana aims to help members

Ana Vaiangina is quickly learning the ropes in her role at NZCU Employees. The New Zealand-born Tongan says she’s ready to help as many Pacific people looking to make wise decisions when it comes to their money as possible.
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November 9th 2016
Sports
New Study Focuses on the Mental Health of Pacific Sports Stars
New research will examine the factors affecting the mental health and wellbeing of young Pacific male elite athletes.
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November 3rd 2016
Entertainment
Pollywood showcasing Pacific filmmaking talent
Pollywood screened eight films by Pacific filmmakers, of both amateur and professional calibre, at the Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery on November 2nd, leaving a wowed audience stunned by the talent on offer.
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November 2nd 2016
Health
Meet Sesa a Quit Smoking Specialist from the Fono

New Zealand-born Samoan Sesalina (Sesa) Setu who’s based at the Fono’s new location on the North Shore is part of the Fono’s new team of Quit Smoking Specialists who not only want to help you stop smoking but also improve your health and wellbeing.
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November 1st 2016
Business
Pacific Business Trust 10th National Awards Winners

The 10th National Pacific Business Trust Awards were celebrated at The Langham Hotel in Auckland on Friday 28th October 2016 with more than 450 guests in attendance.
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October 31st 2016
Community
Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards 2016 are open

Nominations for The Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, which recognise and reward high-achieving young Pacific New Zealanders who have potential to make a big contribution to New Zealand, are open until November 7th.
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October 31st 2016
Education
New leader for Māori and Pasifika at Massey Unviersity

New Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and Pasifika at Massey University, Dr Charlotte Severne (Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāi Tūhoe) is a geologist, former chief scientist for oceans and Māori development at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and, most recently, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori and Communities at Lincoln University.
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October 28th 2016
Business
Workshop helping Tongan businesses interested in NZ market

Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) is helping Tongan exporters learn more about entering the New Zealand market through a Path to Market workshop in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
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October 27th 2016
Health
First No Sugary Drinks logo in New Zealand

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks” logo was unveiled at an event in Wellington, at the FIZZ symposium (Toward a sugary drink-free Aotearoa) to empower communities around NZ to lift their health and wellbeing.
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October 25th 2016
Health
High rates of obesity among Samoans partly attributed to genetics

A study reports that a genetic variant that affects energy metabolism and fat storage partly explains why Samoans have among the world’s highest levels of obesity.
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October 20th 2016
News
AUT Pacific professor appointed to National Advisory Council
Professor Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, of Samoan descent, was the only academic appointed to the Council headed by the Minister for Women, Louise Upston.
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October 17th 2016
Community
Take a trip for Niue Language Week

It’s Niue Language Week, Ko Au Ko E Niue, from Sunday 16th to Saturday 22nd October, which is Niue Constitution day.
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October 14th 2016
Business
2016 National Pacific Business Trust Awards finalists named

Finalists for the 2016 National Pacific Business Trust Awards have been named, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 28 October 2016 at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.
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October 13th 2016
Education
Involved in Aganu'u Fa'asamoa 101 to honour mum

The ‘Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101’ course is an innovative development initiative funded by Pasifika Futures under the Whanau Ora programme, designed to deliver cultural and language-standard skills for a wide range of Pacific families, including individuals from vocational careers which require the use of a Pacific language.
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October 13th 2016
Environment
Pasifika students from Unitec and MIT building cyclone-resistant homes in Fiji
Eleven Unitec, and three MIT, trades students return from spending two weeks working alongside a Fijian community in Western Fiji near Nadi to build four cyclone-resistant houses.
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October 12th 2016
Entertainment
Pollywood Pasifika Film Fest 2016
The latest showcase of Pollywood Pasifika Short Film, from NZ and abroad, premieres this November.
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October 10th 2016
ISSUE 68 EXCLUSIVE
Education
First law student cohort at AUT South Campus

This year Auckland University of Technology welcomed the first cohort of Law students to its South Campus. The new Bachelor of Laws (LLB) pathway signalled greater accessibility to legal education in South Auckland. Now the offering is being expanded to include second-year Law in 2017.
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October 7th 2016
ISSUE 68 EXCLUSIVE
Education
It's your game. Light it up

When Christchurch’s temporary sports stadium lit up in 2012, it was hailed a spectacular success. “Truly heartening!” said Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee.“Spectacular!” said Christchurch Stadium Trust’s Jim Anderton. 
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October 7th 2016
ISSUE 68 EXCLUSIVE
Education
The Aunties initiative - creating more Pacific midwives

Nga Marsters is a clinical educator and Pacific student liaison for the midwifery programme at AUT South Campus.
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October 6th 2016
ISSUE 68 EXCLUSIVE
Education
Whitireia Journalism developing a new generation of Pasifika
story-tellers

Whitireia has led and illuminated its communities through quality tertiary education for more than 30 years, and it is now the tertiary institution of choice for over 8000 students.
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October 6th 2016
ISSUE 68 EXCLUSIVE
Education
From UniBound student to mentor and beyond

The University of Auckland’s UniBound (Certificate in Academic Preparation) programme prepares Pacific and Māori school leavers for study and gives them a head start at University. We caught up with Kesaia Tapueluelu, UniBound’s first student to graduate from the University of Auckland. 
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October 5th 2016
ISSUE 68 EXCLUSIVE
Education
Tackling the Pacific's plastic problem

When visiting Samoa in 2010, Lionel Taito-Matamua saw first-hand a widespread lack of awareness around recycling.
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October 3rd 2016
Community
New Pacific Provider opens in Christchurch

Etu Pasifika Ltd, which means Pacific Star, is a new Pacific provider established in Christchurch.
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October 3rd 2016
Community
Pacific families on the North Shore to benefit from new services
Pacific families living on the North Shore will now benefit from community-based services delivered by The Fono, which opened a new location on Saturday 1 October at Raeburn House in the Northcote Shopping Centre.
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October 3rd 2016
Education
Unique academic career opportunity for Maori and Pacific
There are six lecturer positions available for Maori and/or Pacific staff available at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), as it seeks to be a university of opportunity for Maori and Pacific people.
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September 27th 2016
Pacific Business Trust appoints new CEO

The Pacific Business Trust (PBT) have announced the appointment of Kim Tuaine, of Cook Islands descent, as its Chief Executive Officer.
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September 26th 2016
News
Celebrate Tuvalu Language Week 2016

Tuvalu Language Week has kicked off, launched by the Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, and will run through to the end of the week on October 1st to coincide with 38th Tuvalu Independence Day celebrations.
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September 23rd 2016
Business
Tickets on sale for 10th National Pacific Business Trust Awards

The National Pacific Business Trust Awards will be staged on Friday, 28 October 2016 at the Langham Hotel in Auckland and tickets are on sale. The evening will include live entertainment, sumptuous food and beverages and a black tie awards ceremony.
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September 23rd 2016
Health
Pacific youth in need of more support
The latest report on Pacific youth in New Zealand has exposed persistent health, social and educational disparities which, according to researchers, require urgent attention.
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September 19th 2016
Entertainment
Mangere and Otahuhu locals combine to produce music
Over 100 participants from Mangere and Otahuhu, from emerging grassroots to established artists, primary and secondary schools, community groups and leaders, have contributed to the making of a combined Community music project.
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September 15th 2015
News
How the Capital celebrated Tongan Language Week
Tongan Language Week which ran from September 4 - 10 was marked with celebrations and cultural activities across New Zealand along with a special celebration hosted by the Wellington Tongan Leaders’ Council in Wellington.
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September 15th 2016
Tongan artists rock Wellington art scene
An avant garde Tongan artists’ group currently based at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington took its unique brand of modern Tongan art to Wellington.
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September 14th 2016
Community
Toia Talks: Our people. Our stories.
Otahuhu Pataka Korero Otahuhu Library will be holding an exciting free lecture series in September titled Toia Talks with the slogan this month being ‘Our people. Our stories’.
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September 12th 2016
News
Pacific Islands Trade & Invest kicks off at Fine Food Australia
Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) Sydney is bringing 11 Pacific island exporters with a diverse range of premium niche products to Fine Foods Australia in Melbourne.
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September 9th 2016
Business
How to reduce your debt and start saving
Life can be expensive, and when the bills are piling up, and debt is growing, it’s sometimes hard to see a way out of your debt. NZCU Employees is a Credit Union based in Penrose, and most of their members are Pacific families. The credit union is helping families to break the cycle of debt and improve their finances for healthier and happier futures. Find out how
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September 8th 2016
News
Book about Tongan Heroes to be launched
The third book in the Pasifika Heroes series, Tongan Heroes, will be launched at Tupu Library on Friday 9th of September during Tongan Language Week.
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September 7th 2016
Entertainment
Forgotten Dawn Children remembered in Pasifika Film to screen in Sydney
AUT students and filmmakers Joshua Iosefo and Corey Larry Sio’s film Forgotten Dawn Children has been selected to screen in Sydney at the Pasifika Film Festival this year.
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September 2nd 2016
News
Tongan Language Week 2016 - Fakakoloa ‘a Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Loto’i Tonga
Tongan Language Week 2016 kicks off on Sunday 4th September, and runs until the Saturday the 10th, with a number of events marking the start of the week.
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September 1st 2016
Entertainment
Tusiata Avia’s critically acclaimed Wild Dogs Under My Skirt coming to Mangere Arts Centre
Following the critically acclaimed productions of CLUB PARADISO by Victor Rodger, and PUZZY by Kiana Rivera featuring Victor Rodger, FCC are proud to present Wild Dogs Under My Skirt by Tusiata Avia.
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August 30th 2016
Entertainment
Pacific Fusion Fashion Show to feature Rio Olympics 2016 Tongan Flag Bearer
The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show this Saturday, September 3rd from 6 p.m. at Andrew Simms-Botany will feature the man who “broke the internet” during the Rio Olympics, Tongan flag bearer Pita Taufatofua
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August 26th 2016
News
Maori and Pasifika Triumph at Inaugural Future Business Leader Awards for Apprentices
The inaugural Future Business Leaders Awards event was held in Auckland on 25 August to celebrate the achievements of New Zealand’s ‘bright young things’ in the trades and services.
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August 26th 2016
Entertainment
Annual Tautai project OFFSTAGE7 provides artists platform to present new experimental work
OFFSTAGE 7 which goes from 3 to 15 September 2016 is an annual Tautai project which provides artists with an opportunity to present new and experimental moving image and performance work. This year’s OFFSTAGE is the third time that Artspace has collaborated on the event.
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August 25th 2016
News
Oxfam NZ supports ‘no decision’ calls on PACER PLUS
In a statement released August 23 Oxfam NZ support calls for ‘no decision’ on the PACER Plus regional free trade agreement between Pacific Island countries, Australia and New Zealand, as Pacific people are most likely to lose out in the deal.
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August 25th 2016
Business
Recognising and celebrating Pacific Businesses Successes
The Pacific Business Trust (PBT) brings back the National Pacific Business Trust Awards on Friday 28 October. Nominations are currently open and close 31 August. The awards are for Pacific-owned businesses, Pacific business individuals, Pacific executives working in mainstream organisations and employers of Pacific staff.
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August 25th 2016
Education
Rotorua celebrates relaunch of history of Arawa people
Rotorua will celebrate the relaunch of one of the most important books to emerge from the city - the late Don Stafford’s Te Arawa: A History of the Arawa People on Wednesday 24 August.
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August 24th 2016
Business
NZCU Employees’ Business Development and Lending Manager: caring for members
With more than two decades of experience working in the financial sector in both New Zealand and Samoa, Lele Faifai is motivated to help Pacific people learn to use their hard-earned money wisely.
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August 23th 2016
Education
INFLUX of diverse artworks to understand the Pacific from different perspectives
INFLUX brings together diverse artworks that collectively push and pull our understanding of the Pacific from a perspective that is much larger than Aotearoa New Zealand.
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August 23th 2016
Education
Oceania Media Intern Moana Ageli: Win or learn
Moana Ageli is studying Communications at Unitec and hopes to one day use her degree to encourage, inspire and inform young Pacific leaders of tomorrow. While interning at Oceania Media, publishers of SPASIFIK, Moana shares her goals and plans for the future.
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August 19th 2016
Health
Pacific the priority for Catalysts 4 Change
Women and children were the priority for the Catalysts 4 Change – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Women, Children and their Families Conference in Auckland in early August.
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August 19th 2016
Sports
Kiribati Olympic Weightlifter Dances off Stage to Raise Awareness of Climate Change
105kg weightlifter David Katoatau from Kiribati surprised the Rio crowd when he danced off stage following his Olympic Games effort.
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August 19th 2016
Education
Inaugural Pacific Police Internal Support Network Fono
Pacific police from around Auckland gathered in Papatoetoe for the inaugural Pacific Police Internal Support Network Fono at the end of July 2016, raising important issues faced by the Pacific men and women in blue, while also marking 75 years of women in the force.
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August 15th 2016
Education
Skills Mentor Switched on For Study
As a production engineer at BREMCA, the largest electrical switchboard manufacturer owned and operated in New Zealand, Samoan-born Itunu George Tupai is passing on the skills he has learnt from 15 years’ experience, to young Pasifika apprentices.
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August 12th 2016
Sport
Fiji’s first ever medal at the Olympics: gold!
The Fiji men's rugby sevens team has won the country its first ever Olympic gold medal, taking out Great Britain during the final in a stunning 43-7 victory.
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August 10th 2016
Entertainment
Parris Goebel drops her debut track Friday
Parris Goebel has just released her much-anticipated first single Friday.
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August 9th 2016
Entertainment
Check out the latest TV spot for Moana
Disney released a new TV spot for its upcoming animated adventure Moana, the Pacific princess who navigates across oceans with the demigod Maui on
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August 8th 2016
News
Tongan community mourns the five killed in car crash near Katikati
The Tongan community, friends, and family mourn the loss of five men tragically killed August 2nd.
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August 4th 2016
Entertainment
Ninety-year-old film of Samoa brought back to life
Victoria University of Wellington’s Stout Research Centre and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision have come together to host the New Zealand premiere public screening of the restored 1926 film Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age.
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August 4th 2016
Entertainment
New collection of short stories from award-winning Pacific poet and playwright
A new collection of short stories by Pacific writer, Courtney Sina Meredith, was launched on August 2, ahead of Courtney’s Fall Residency at the International Writing Program, Iowa University from August to November 2016.
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August 4th 2016
Education
AUT students explore Life Below Water for Cook Islands Language Week
For Cook Islands Language Week AUT, who are honouring Pacific Language Weeks through a series of short videos, are focussing on the sustainable development goal ‘Life Below Water’, which champions conservation and the sustainable use of our seas, oceans and marine resources.
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August 3rd 2016
News
SuperKid to help super kids take their antibiotics
To encourage children to take all of their antibiotic medicine Health Promotion Agency (HPA) has created a new SuperKid character to be engaging for children aged 4-10 years in the fight against rheumatic fever
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August 3rd 2016
Education
Pacific Researchers Being Challenged to benefit Pacific Communities
Pacific researchers are being challenged to ensure their studies will contribute to Pacific communities and not just to academic knowledge production.
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August 2nd 2016
Health
Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in the Pacific

TAHA, together with the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health, are hosting the Catalysts 4 Change - Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Women, Children and their Families Conference on the 3-4 August 2016
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July 27th 2016
News
Tongan PM to visit MIT on first visit to NZ

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela Akilisi Pohiva, will visit Manukau Institute of Technology Saturday 30 July, as part of his first official visit to New Zealand.
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July 27th 2016
News
Pacific Scholars Selected for Prestigious Kupe Scholarships
Ten outstanding Pacific student teachers have been awarded a Kupe Scholarship by Education Minister Hekia Parata in a ceremony held in Parliament, Wellington, on Monday 25th July.
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July 27th 2016
Entertainment
Miss Samoa NZ Pageant celebrates 25 years as new Miss Samoan NZ Crowned
Miss Samoa NZ celebrated its 25th year in early July as it crowned this year’s Miss Samoa NZ, Naomi Fruean, who will represent NZ in Samoa at Teuila Festival later on this year.
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July 27th 2016
Health
New Stop Smoking Service to benefit Auckland’s Pacific communities
A new regional Stop Smoking Service has been launched to improve smoke-free numbers in Pacific, as well as Maori and pregnant communities.
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July 26th 2016
Health
Pasifika Week – Achieving Health Equity for Pacific
The annual Counties Manukau Pasifika Week attracted health professionals, community members and students from across South Auckland for an entertaining week of education and entertainment.
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July 25th 2016
Entertainment
Samoan-Kiwi Benson Wilson wins Lexus Song Quest 2016
After wowing judges with his baritone vocals at the Grand Final Gala at the Auckland Town Hall Benson Wilson, Samoan-Kiwi from Auckland, was named the Lexus Song Quest winner of 2016.
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July 22st 2016
Education
20-year photography project documenting lives of people in Samoan village
Auckland-based Samoan photographer Evotia Tamua will use an artist residency at the National University of Samoa to complete a 20-year photography project documenting the changing lives of people in Salelesi village.
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July 22th 2016
News
About half of Pacific teens living in poverty
A study has found that nearly half of Pacific secondary school students in New Zealand are living in poverty.
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July 20th 2016
Sport
League takes centre stadium in Hawaii with Ohana Cup and Rugby League Festival
Hawaii, an island that’s traditionally been entrenched in American Football, will host a two-day Rugby League Festival where teams will play for the Ohana Cup at Aloha Stadium in August.
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July 19th 2016
News
Pacific Homecare extends condolences to the aiga of Frank Stowers
Pacific Homecare’s recently elected Chair, Frank Stowers, has passed away, on Saturday 16th July.
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July 18th 2016
News
Pacific business leaders engage with NZ Treasury
Robust engagement was at the fore when Pacific business and community leaders met with the team from Treasury NZ in Auckland.
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July 15th 2016
Health
Rheumatic Fever – Warmer, drier homes
Keep your home warm and dry and create as much space to spread out around your home, rather than having to crowd in the same room. Having more warm rooms and more sleeping spaces available means germs such as strep throat, which can lead to rheumatic fever, are less likely to spread.
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July 15th 2016
News
12-year-old Samoan author publishes children’s’ book on the environment
12-year-old Lupeoaunu'u (Lupe) Va’ai from Vaoala in Samoa travelled to London to launch her book on the world stage titled The Voice of an Island looking at the effect humans can have on the environment.
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July 14th 2016
Education
First Robert Burns Fellow of Samoan descent visits Wellington
While in Wellington for the Writers on Mondays winter reading series acclaimed New Zealand dramatist Victor Rodger will attend a talanoa (discussion) co-hosted by Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) Luamanuvao Winnie Laban and the Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).
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July 14th 2016
Health
Health Promotion Forum Wins Bid to Host World Conference in New Zealand backed by SPC
Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand – Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa (HPF) - is to host the next World Conference on Health Promotion.
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July 14th 2016
Community
Southland community mourns loss of Pacific youth leader
A prominent Pacific youth leader in the Southland community, Sootagaoaiga (Sam) Lavea passed away in early July 2016 when the car he was driving crashed into a large power pole on State Highway 1, near Invercargill.
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July 13th 2016
Entertainment
Pacific singers in Grand Finals of Lexus Song Quest
Samoan/Niuean/European soprano singer Madison Nonoa, Tongan tenor Filipe Manu and baritone Benson Wilson, of Samoan descent, have each made it to the Grand Finals of the biennial Lexus Song Quest. Get to know the Pacific singers who will compete during the Lexus Song Quest Grand Final Gala night in Auckland on 23 July.
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July 12th 2016
Business
Pacific Business Trust to hold historical event with NZ Treasury
The NZ Treasury, with the support of the Pacific Business Trust, is holding an historical meeting to set a platform for more collaboration and engagement with the Pacific community.
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July 12th 2016
Anaseini’s quality service
Born and raised in Tonga, Support Worker Anaseini Fua has consistently provided quality service to each client she looks after, with a respectful mannerism that helps her relate to clients and their family members. Because of her ability to listen to their needs, and advocate well for them by communicating to our Coordinators, Anaseini is our Employee of the Month for May! We catch up with her for a quick Q & A
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July 11th 2016
Business
Tongan baker’s Niu Cakery reaches Niu highs
This self-taught Tongan baker has garnered a lot of media hype over the last week starting with taking social media by storm.
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July 8th 2016
Sport
Canterbury rugby player suspended for racist slur to Fijian opponent
The Human Rights Commission welcomes Canterbury Rugby Football Union’s move to penalise a Canterbury rugby for 40 weeks after making racist remarks to a Fijian player on the opposing team.
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July 8th 2016
News
KaiNiue Food Festival to be held in Niue
Those with a passion for Pacific flavours and island paradises need look no further than the KaiNiue Food Festival, a wine and food extravaganza to be held on the island of Niue in September.
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July 7th 2016
Football
Standout Samoan New Zealand footballer Bill Tuiloma
In an article for Vice Sports (in partnership with NIKEiD and photographed by Ben Clement) Bill Tuiloma talks to Vice about life as the first New Zealander playing top division French football and making an international reputation as a hard working player.
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July 7th 2016
Business Time for Pacific Pioneer
Newly-appointed Pacific Business Trust chair Fa’amatuainu (Inu) Tino Pereira knows all about the peaks and pitfalls of two decades in business. In SPASIFIK Issue 67, he shares his story with INNES LOGAN and his desire and support for Pacific people rising to the challenge in an increasingly entrepreneurial environment.
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July 6th 2016
Entertainment
Aroha Bridge second series launched to coincide with Maori Language Week
Web series Aroha Bridge, which was originally called Hook Ups, is back with a second season launched to coincide with Māori Language Week.
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July 5th 2016
Education 
Maori Place Names - Meanings and Origins

As it is Māori Language Week, let us give a special focus to learning some of the common names that we may not be pronouncing correctly.
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July 5th 2016
Community
First Pasifika Chair of Amnesty International NZ’s board appointed
New Zealand Samoan Peter Fa’afiu, a self-proclaimed ‘proud Glen Innes boy’, is Amnesty International’s first Chair of Pasifika descent.
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July 4th 2016
News
Happy Māori Language Week 2016
The theme Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori* (Māori Language Week) 2016 is ‘ākina te reo’ – behind you all the way- which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.
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July 4th 2016
Business
Nominations open for 10th National Pacific Business Trust Awards
The National Pacific Business Trust Awards return on Friday, 28 October 2016, and nominations close 31 August 2016. Run by the Pacific Business Trust (PBT), the awards have been staged nine times since 1993.
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July 4th 2016
Health
South Seas Healthcare Trust announces new CEO
Pacific health provider South Seas Healthcare Trust has announced a new CEO, Silao Vaisola Sefo, to oversee the growth of the organisation and provide leadership at Otara’s biggest health and social service centre.
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July 1st 2016
Entertainment
Three Wise Cousins opens up in mainland US
Three Wise Cousins touch down in selected locations of mainland US from the first of July.
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July 1st 2016
Education
Pasifika law and culture experts lift lid on hard issues
Academics, law practitioners, university and secondary school students will gather at Victoria University of Wellington next week to take part in the Pasifika Law and Culture Conference.
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July 1st 2016
Sport
Samoan seasonal worker unaware he’d qualified for Rio Olympics
Abner Waterhouse came from Samoa to the Hawke’s Bay as a seasonal worker part of the RSE scheme working community.
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July 1st 2016
Bowel cancer atlas reveal info on Pacific and Maori population and the disease
About 40% of Maori and Pacific people with bowel cancer only found out they have the disease when they require emergency hospital care, according to new information released by the Health Quality and Safe Commission in late June 2016.
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June 30th 2016
Community
Continuity of care in Manurewa
Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono says the relationship between doctor and patient is one that is special and unique. Providing a continuity of care to the varied and complex needs of patients, while taking a caring approach, takes a special kind of General Practitioner (GP).
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June 29th 2016
Community
Young Tongan leader receives award from Queen
Tonga’s ‘Aiona Prescott (21) received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in late June at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, in recognition of exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.
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June 29th 2016
Community
Breaking Silence: GI Babies and their Pasifika Mothers
About two million American servicemen spent time on Pacific Islands between 1942 - 1945/1946 - and it is estimated that about 2000 babies were born as a result of relationships with local women. Very little was known about these children, from outside their own villages and islands, until now.
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June 28th 2016
News
US Football Legends in NZ
Polynesian American football legends Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa will feature in the upcoming Issue 68 of SPASIFIK magazine following their Polynesian Football of Fame Goodwill Tour of Samoa, New Zealand and Australia
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June 27th 2016
News
Moko’s killers sentenced to 17 years
The highest sentence for manslaughter of a child, in New Zealand, was handed to Tania Shailer and David William Haerewa when they were sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing three year-old Moko Rangitoheriri.
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June 27th 2016
News
Samoa wins over Tonga in PNC
Samoa’s 30-10 win against Tonga, in the final match of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2016 coming in at second place behind Fiji, places them on course for a place at Rugby World Cup 2019.
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June 27th 2016
News
PBT supports businesses showcasing their products
The Pacific Business Trust (PBT) has teamed up with the Ministry of Pacific Peoples, Westpac and Crowe Horwarth to identify and showcase Pacific and Maori catering and hospitality businesses in front of mainstream procurement organisations.
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June 27th 2016
News
New partnership promotes Pacific products at Fine Foods NZ expo
The winter solstice could be a great start for a rising new partnership at this year’s Fine Food New Zealand Trade Show.
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June 24th 2016
News
Cook Islands in political turmoil but QR siding with status quo
The Cook Islands' opposition coalition has failed to overthrow Prime Minister Henry Puna.
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June 22nd 2016
Community
Pacific Leaders share solutions to prevent family violence
Pacific leaders from churches and social services around New Zealand came together for the first time at the Pasefika Proud National Pacific Leaders Fono, hosted by the Ministry of Social Development, to find solutions to end family violence in Pacific families.
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June 17th 2016
Health
Documentary looks at diabetes in Samoa
Part four in a documentary series about diabetes, The Disease That Is Killing My Family, looks at how diabetes has become the leading cause of death in Samoa.
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June 16th 2016
News
West Papua – deals and detainment
A Canadian company has staked a claim to one of the world’s biggest gold mines located in the West Papua territory by signing an agreement with groups seeking West Papuan independence.
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June 15th 2016
Health
Living healthy and smokefree
Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono patient Bermuda Pongi, of Tongan descent, started smoking when she was 17 years old.
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June 15th 2016
Health
Growing stronger and healthier men together
This week is Men’s Health Week. Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare says it’s an opportunity to become more aware of the health of our Pacific men.
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June 14th 2016
Health
Solving teething problems
Dr Pip Brickell, Dentist at Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono Central in Auckland’s Wyndham St, is thankful she wasn’t part of her mother’s generation when it came to dealing with troublesome teeth.
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June 13th 2016
Community
MIT Opens up Pasifika Community Centre
Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has opened the doors to their first ever Pasifika Community Centre dedicated to Pacific people of all cultures and faiths.
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June 9th 2016
News
Police open fire on protesting students in PNG

At least four people have been reported shot dead by police in Port Moresby following attempts to march on the Papua New Guinea parliament.
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June 8th 2016
Education
Free Talanoa workshop aimed at getting more Pacific writers published
Pacific writers and community groups with unpublished scripts are being encouraged to attend a free one-day workshop for information on the publishing process.
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June 8th 2015
Education
Pacific & Maori architecture on the rise
Unitec architecture graduate Tuputau John Belford Lelaulu has been chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Cadimage Group Student Design Awards, New Zealand’s top prize for final year architecture students.
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June 8th 2016
Entertainment
Pacific Underground to be recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award at PMAs
The performing arts collective Pacific Underground, formed in Christchurch in the 90s, will be recognised at this year’s Vodafone Pacific Music Awards this June for their significant 20-year plus contribution to Pacific music.
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June 8th 2016
Sport
Polynesian Football HOF Goodwill Tour coming to Auckland
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s Goodwill Tour will be in Auckland this week from the 9th to the 11th of June with a free event at the Kolmar Sports Complex in Papatoetoe on the 10th.
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June 7th 2016
Health
The Fono Central Perks
Dentist Mariam Anwar from the Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono says she disliked her crooked teeth when she was growing up. But the skills of her family orthodontist to correct them inspired her into the profession.
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June 7th 2016
Health
AUT inspires Seychelles’ response to childhood obesity
Director of Family Health and Nutrition Programmes for the Seychelles Islands, Rosie Bistoquet, is excited to gain insights to take back to her developing nation of Seychelles, on curbing childhood obesity.
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June 7th 2016
Entertainment
Massive Company’s Island headed to Scotland after Mangere run
Massive Company presents their new show The Island, directed by Sam Scott and Miriama McDowell, at the Mangere Arts Centre from 28th June - 1st July before they head off to the National Theatre of Scotland– on invitation to their Exchange Festival.
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June 7th 2016
News
Peter Maivia posthumously inducted into Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson paid tribute to his late grandfather, via his Instagram, with a picture of Maivia and a tribute to the man who helped put Samoa on the map and was recently inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
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June 7th 2016
Entertainment
Pacific singers in semi-finals for Lexus Song Quest
Three Pacific singers from Auckland are amongst the 10 selected in May to compete towards the grand finals of the biennial Lexus Song Quest – Samoan/European soprano singer Madison Nonoa, Tongan tenor Filipe Manu and baritone Benson Wilson, of Samoan descent.
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June 1st 2016
Bettering Pacific Health through Fruit

Professor of Horticulture at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Steven Underhill hopes to improve the health of Pacific people with research into progressing the production of fruit in the region.
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June 1st 2016
Entertainment
New contemporary Pacific Dance Festival 2016

A new festival is bringing Pacific contemporary dance to the floor at Mangere Arts Centre this June, allowing artists to take previously devised works and re-present them in a developed form.
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May 31st 2016
Community
Strengthening Pacific connections at the Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum has opened up access to its Pacific taonga (treasure) collection, starting with the Cook Islands on May 27, and strengthening ties with Auckland’s Pacific communities.
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May 30th 2016
Entertainment
Concert to celebrate Samoa Independence Day in NZ
To celebrate Samoan Independence Day, which is observed on the first of June each year despite taking place January 1st 1962, in New Zealand a concert will be held on June 3rd at Life Church in Manurewa.
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May 30th 2016
Entertainment
12th Festival of Pacific Arts underway in Guam
The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts is underway in Guam with 27 Pacific countries and territories participating, including a 100-strong artist delegation from New Zealand.
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May 30th 2016
Entertainment
Move at Mangere Arts Centre | Review
Kinetic Wayfinding’s dance theatre play Move, an exploration of how young people face complex issues and emotions, opened at the Mangere Arts Centre on May 23. LAUMATA LAUANO went along to see the show and see how the cast have progressed since their first opening night at Te Oro in Glen Innes
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May 30th 2016
Entertainment
Te Reo Maori Finds a Contemporary Voice in Theatre
For the first time ever, the classic award-winning Māori play Purapurawhetū will be presented in full te reo Māori for two seasons at Te Pou Theatre from 6-9 July and at The Herald Theatre from 13 -16 July as part of the 2016 Matariki celebrations.
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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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