Category: Youth

Kelihiano Kalolo bring Tokelau blessings to 2-yearly ‘Youth Easter Festival’

On Good Friday, Kelihiano Kalolo, a member of the newly elected government of Tokelau delivered a formal message of support and blessings to this year’s bi-ennial Youth Festival ‘Mafutaga Tupulaga Tokelau’ gathering. The 4-day festival...

Marist St Pats serious about growing women’s rugby, NZ Rugby should follow or risk decline

Despite rugby’s global renaissance and positive outlook, some countries – Japan, Poland, Belgium, Fiji – are finding that their growth prospects now hinge entirely on growing the women’s game. For New Zealand, it’s almost entirely dependent on women’s rugby – essentially it means “without expansion of women’s rugby in these countries”, growth of the sport would be, at best, near zero.

From Savalalo to London: 12-year old, St Mary Primary student in London to launch her book: The Voice of an Island

Twelve-year-old Samoan student Lupeoaunu’u Va’ai won a Gold Medal award for her story ‘The Voice of an Island’ in the Voices of Future Generations Children’s Story Writing Competition last year. She is one of...

UC making Samoans feel at home in Canterbury: Celebrating Samoan Language Week

The 2016 Samoan language week theme is particularly appropriate for Samoan students at the University of Canterbury (UC). It explores how identity, environments, diversity and sustainability are crucial aspects of creating communities where people are supported to learn and use the Samoan language or Gagana Sāmoa.

Open letter to Alfred: Is this really the bright future promised to our Pasifika people?

How many of our people have benefitted from the jobs Alfred Ngaro claims have been created? Are they among the 11.3 per cent of our people unemployed when the New Zealand average is 5.9 per cent? Are they surviving by cobbling together two or three casual jobs to make ends meet? asks Su’a William Sio.

Ulu o Tokelau lauds Polynesia’s youth in climate change fight

“In the context of climate change and the need to adapt sustainably, I wholehearted welcome the views of young people. We want to hear from our youth where our policies and programmes can be further developed and strengthened. Your voice and contribution counts and I am committed that your messages are conveyed to the highest levels.”

SO’O2015: Hundreds of Samoan university students converge on Christchurch

Samoan university students from across New Zealand will arrive in Christchurch this week for So’otaga2015 (fellowship/conference). The 35th “So’o” will draw students from Victoria University of Wellington, Waikato University, Auckland University, AUT and the...

Children’s bibles open doors in Solomon Islands

The village chief asked for a reason why they were there. He said, ‘We are coming to your village to distribute the Word of God.’ As soon as he heard this, he rang the Sunday school bell. When the kids heard the bell, they all ran to the community hall, even some with their parents, primary school teachers and Sunday school teachers.

EFKS celebrates its 76th church congregation in Aotearoa NZ

In today’s modern environment, EFKS Hornsby became the latest addition to EFKS churches stretching across Aotearoa from the North Shore to Invercargill. A Samoan religious institution with a combined membership estimated in 2011 at 25,000-plus; and an increasing profile where Government and its agencies are seeking partnerships in order to deliver social and well-being services to its members.