For a boy that grew up in the 1950s palagi world, his final rites conducted in traditional Polynesian custom testify to the transformation from where he came from to the Pacific islander he became. The final ode composed by an old friend from Atafu, Kelihiano Kalolo; and melodies of Tokelau’s funeral chant, Vale o Pou, carrying him to his final journey, acknowledged his Pacific home in the heart of Tokelau.
Tuvalu-born Lakiloko Keakea was one of six Pasifika award winners at the 2017 Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards. Since arriving in New Zealand in 1996, she has become one of Aotearoa’s most renowned...
Fiji Airways is set to add extra flights to its Australia/Samoa route starting from 6th November. The announcement was made in Sydney by Mr John Nickel, Fiji Airways Regional Manager for Australia. “Our new schedule in...
“In my family we have three Pacific languages and cultures; Cook Island, Vagahau Niue and Gagana Samoa but I’ll be making a special effort to learn more phrases from some of the other heavenly languages of the Pacific.” Hon. Alfred Ngaro
NZ Immigration watchdog message to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji: “Use NZ Licensed Immigration Advisors only”
Licensed advisers have specialist expertise and have met competency standards. They follow a code of conduct that requires them to be honest and respectful. “People who are not licensed or exempt can share publicly available information or help friends and family occasionally, but cannot provide immigration advice” Ms Catherine Albiston.
Endorsing the ‘observer safety measure’ is a huge step symbolically for the Tuna Commission. It’s Pacific countries performing the Haka in front of DWFNs – letting them know they wont be pushed around anymore on issues important to them.
It’s the first time that a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), or a Pacific state will organize a UN Conference of the Parties (COP) to the climate change convention.
“I have had conversations and we have got money on the table to be able to pay for all of this. We will have more money behind the team than any other Super Rugby franchise.” Ben Ryan.
Melanesia’s ocean worth NZ$760 billion under pressure from overfishing, population growth and climate change
A WWF report warns that the oceans of Melanesia – a vast Pacific real estate worth an estimated NZ$760billion generating annual revenue of US NZ$7.5 billion – is suffering from resource exploitation, population growth and climate change.
NZ’s lack of action, whether by ignorance or just poor advise, has huge impacts on Realm nations. The omission from Hawaiki and therefore high-speed connectivity to the rest of the world drills far deeper than just the price of the sea-cable infrastructure build. The price being paid is the cost of ‘time-delay’ that will stunt developmental progress by decades, perhaps longer for these countries.
Seven dental programmes across NZ and two in the Pacific were awarded US$23,000 in grants. NZ programmes will target the most high-risk and underserviced groups, while the Motootua community in Samoa and school children in Taveuni will get the help.
Disney A-listers awestruck by ‘Pasifika Voices’ and their Samoan, Tokelauan, Kiwi and Melanesian connection
I have been working in a lot of movies and whether recording in Los Angeles or anywhere else in the world, I can sincerely say that the experience in working with Pasifika Voices has been the absolute tops. Oscar winner: Tom MacDougall.