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.
This video is Aupito’s thanks to his supporters in Samoan and English – and the Tokelau haka led by Kalolo Pasilio of Nukunonu.
Jenny Salesa will not only become New Zealand’s first Tongan-born, Tongan-speaking Cabinet Minister, her appointment also makes her the world’s first Tongan-born Cabinet Minister.
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“It makes no difference where you live if you are Indigenous—you will be worse off health-wise, regardless of the economic status of that country. It is related to poverty, poor education levels, employment status, and access to health services, and whether Indigenous people are actually counted, which they are not in some countries.”
On 3 June, Mrs Bennett walked past Betio Hospital, functional but, previously, had been evacuated due to flooding: “You can read about it, you can hear the stories, but when you are faced with it in reality, it is incredibly stark.”
Fifth generation Fijian, Peter Thomson, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations has been elected President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In the largely ceremonial but prestigious post,...
The lack of government action coupled with the plight of Pacific peoples due to affordable housing is cause for Su’a calling out Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu I’iga for his lack of interest and action on behalf of the Pacific community at the Cabinet level.
By Su’a William Sio,MP for Mangere and Labour Party’s Pacific Spokesperson. Budget 2016 fails to address the big issues that matter to our communities. The National Government reveals itself as an arrogant government who is...
Young 18 to 23 year old Pacific islanders are set to benefit from a ‘young entrepreneurs scheme’ if the Labour Party wins next year’s general election. On Friday last week, Labour Party leader Mr...
Samoa is New Zealand’s top-ranked country for the largest decrease in overstayers since 2000. China and India are at the bottom with the highest increase in overstayers for the same period. A different perspective for Samoa from a 2012 headline that read, Samoa, India and China top deportation list.
It is exactly a year ago this week, on 7 April 2015 that Mr Rob Neru took over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Pacific Business Trust (PBT). But instead of an anniversary...