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Pacific Islanders

Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus update logo
Salem, OREGON — Pacific Islanders in Oregon are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data released this week. This week’s data report from the Oregon Health Authority found that Pacific Islanders have 13.1 cases per 10,000 residents, a much higher rate...
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San Mateo, CALIFORNIA — Tauanu’u Ve’e, of the Regional Pacific Islander Task Force, stressed that it’s important for their communities that people specify their island of origin when filling out the 2020 census questionnaire. Despite mounting worries over the CORVID-19 pandemic, more than a dozen...
Three members of the Samoan Community Development Center Choir
Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) share a common bond and heritage. But whether they live in Hawaii, on another island or on the mainland of the United States, the NHPI community is also connected through its traditional music. For the last few months, a groundbreaking music video...
Mary Moeono-Kolio marching for the climate
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Mary Moeono-Kolio was up past midnight on Thursday, painting banners and stapling flags to poles. Writing chants and rallying her community. For two years now, she's been the coordinator of the Wellington branch of a group that call themselves the Pacific Climate Warriors...
Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A study has been commissioned to examine the mental health needs of Pacific Islanders forced to leave their homes by the climate crisis. Auckland University's Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, co-head of the School of Māori and Pacific Studies, has been granted about $US400,000 for the...
Donna Meredith, center, stake facilitator for the Eat Healthy and Be Active program
Papeete, TAHITI— Her shortness of breath, the pain in her chest and the numbness in her left arm and leg worried Maruia Teamo enough that she hesitantly tried to prepare better meals for her family. Her husband hated it. So every time the 39-year-old mother made a healthier meal, she also made him...
International arrivals line at NZ airport
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific islanders are being encouraged by Immigration New Zealand to register for this year's ballot under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category. The ballot, open to citizens of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu takes place between 1 and 30 April. Each year up...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — According to the International Year of the Reef 2018 website, "the world's coral reefs are under threat". It's no secret that global warming and man-made pollutants are putting coral reefs at risk. And in an effort to get locals to become more proactive in addressing the...

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