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Arden in Ifoga ceremony
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sat motionless Sunday as members of the Pacific Island community pulled a large fine mat over her head, completely covering her. Moments later they removed it and embraced her. It was part of a emotional ifoga ceremony at...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Anyone with an ethnic name will tell you it can be anything from a conversation starter to a lesson on pronunciation, or just a struggle. For me, it’s a story that belongs to my aiga (family) – one of migration, cultural differences and new beginnings. Named after my dad’s...
Mariner Fagaiava-Muller (right) and Faasootauloa Fepuleai Galo Fagaiava
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — To celebrate Samoa Language Week RNZ Pacific journalist Mariner Fagaiava-Muller and his Papa, Faasootauloa Fepuleai Galo Fagaiava, sat down together to make oka. "I'm my Papa's namesake and we're similar in many ways. But I'm nowhere near the Michelin star chef that he is....
Frankie Adams starring in Teine Sā
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A new Pacific-themed drama and horror television series has been created for New Zealand. It is the country's first show to be written, directed, produced and crewed entirely by people of the Moana. The series, Teine Sā - The Ancient Ones, has taken a modern-day twist on...
Joseph Matamata appearing via videolink
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The jail term given to a man convicted of slavery and trafficking has been called manifestly inadequate. Hastings-based Samoan chief Joseph Auga Matamata was last year given 11 years in prison for bringing 13 Samoans to New Zealand and exploiting them for more than two...
Nikki Upoko of Ura Tabu practices her dance
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Auckland is welcoming back one of its biggest annual events, the Pasifika Festival, this weekend - and this time at a new venue. Celebrating all things Pasifika since 1993, this year's event is being held at Mt Smart Stadium with the second day today, instead of the usual...
Alec Toleafoa, Tigilau Ness, Melani Anae, and Will 'Ilolahia (L-R).
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Pacific social justice movement is calling on the New Zealand government to formally apologize for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s. The Labour and then National governments of the time authorised police raids on Pasifika homes and work places, to check for overstayers; even...
Soul Sessions poster
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand is expected to reverberate this weekend with the sounds of the coming generation of musical stars. A new gospel music show featuring renowned and rising Pacific artists will be broadcast across the country on Sunday. Soul Sessions aimed to target the diverse...
Judith Collins
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji into New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition and Nationals Pacific Peoples spokesperson Judith Collins says.  National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Joseph Parker has won the biggest bout in heavyweight boxing in this country for years, beating Junior Fa in Auckland Friday night. The bout went the full 12 rounds, with Parker finishing ahead on all three judges scorecards - 119-109, 115-113, 117-111 - to collect a...

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