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HEALTH
World Smokefree Day 2015 - ‘Quit now – it’s about whanau


SPORTS
Piutau takes the money over the Black jersey


EDUCATION
Alistar Kata wins SPASIFIK prize at AUT Awards


BUSINESS
TV show celebrating 20 years, The Pacific Way

May 13th 2015
Entertainment
Tihei Mauri Ora Number 1
TIHEI MAURI ORA the debut solo album by Ranea Aperahama has cracked the number one spot on the Te Reo Māori Top 20 Airplay Chart.
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May 5th 2015
News
Transforming Tamaki
The NZ Government announced an ambitious housing initiative affecting the Tamaki region of Auckland where almost three quarters of the population are of Pacific or Maori descent.
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April 29th 2015
News
Water tanks and solar panel repairs provide relief on Fais and Ulithi following typhoon Maysak
An extraordinary logistics challenge has brought together officials from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Yap State government agencies, the European Union and local residents on a remote island in the north Pacific.
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April 22nd 2015
News
Gallipoli: Haka showed Maori as fierce fighters
Brave Maori soldiers gained a reputation as fierce fighters and became equal with their Pakeha comrades for the first time. The fierce Maori haka has put the fear of God into opposing international rugby teams for decades.
A century ago, however, when the bloodcurdling war cry rang out across the dusty, sloping battlefields of Gallipoli, it was not done in the name of sport: the Maori Contingent were coming to kill the Turkish defenders.
Source: The New Zealand Herald
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April 22nd 2015
News
Māori Men of World War I - Te Papa Curator Puawai Cairns
Te Papa curator Puawai Cairns has worked for the past two and a half years researching the Māori soldiers in the First World War. It's a role that has taken up a big part of her life, she travelled to Gallipoli in 2013 and met up with Defence Historian and author, Ian McGibbon. Puawai blogged about her time spent trekking through the rugged terrain and coming across human skeletal remains.
Source: Radio New Zealand
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April 22nd 2015
News
Call for Pasifika to leave Western Springs
The Pasifika festival may head to South or West Auckland in the future. Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chairman Efeso Collins is leading talks with Pacific stakeholders about the festival's direction and is pushing for it to move away from its traditional home at Western Springs.
Source: Stuff
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April 21st 2015
League
Benji Marshall in line for test recall
Benji Marshall could be in line for a test recall in the No 6 jersey as the Kiwis face injury concerns ahead of next Friday's Anzac test in Brisbane.
Four players from last year's Four Nations winning side - Kieran Foran (hamstring), Jason Nightingale (foot), Dean Whare (hamstring) and Lewis Brown (ribs) are unlikely to be available for selection when coach Stephen Kearney names his squad on Sunday.
Source: NZ Herald
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April 21st 2015
Rugby
Folau leading the way in carries and offloads
Every team has played at least eight games this season, which means we are at or past the halfway point of the 2015 Super Rugby campaign.
With that in mind, let's look at who have been the biggest number-crunchers on the paddock this year.
Source: NZ Herald
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April 20th 2015
News
Cook Islands soldiers remembered
A ceremony commemorating the contributions of Cook Islands soldiers to New Zealand's war effort between 1914 and 1918 was held in parliament buildings on Saturday 18th April. The descendants of the four hundred sixty one Cook Island soldiers who served during World War I marched into the ceremony led by bag-pipes and the sounds of conch shells.
Source: Radio New Zealand
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April 16th 2015
News
Bainimarama accuses Key of 'dangling funds' over Forum
The Prime Minister of Fiji says it is not right to dangle funding as an inducement to keep New Zealand and Australia as members of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Source: Radio New Zealand
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April 15th 2015
News
Pacific soldiers die for usa but can't vote
People born in the U.S. Pacific territories such as Guam, the Marianas Islands and American Samoa can die serving the United States in combat. But after more than a century under the US flag, they still can’t vote in US elections. In fact, American Samoans are still regarded as US nationals and not citizens. In his weekly US-based Last Week Tonight host John Oliver exposes what can only be described as a racist ruling.
Source: TIME.com
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April 15th 2015
News
Jailed teacher and lover samoan student Tell All
In 1996 American Samoan Vili Fualaau was a 13-year-old second-grade student at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington U.S. when he began a sexual relationship with his teacher Mary Kay Letourneau. They had a child in May 1997 before Letourneau was sent to prison for child rape. She spent more than seven years in prison before reuniting with Fualaau and their two daughters. A decade after her release they tell their story to PEOPLE Magazine.
Source: TIME.com

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March 30th 2015
News
New Zealand funding boost for Pacific region development
Noumea, New Caledonia – Pacific Islands development has received a boost from New Zealand, with a new funding commitment to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to strengthen its work in three vital thematic areas.
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March 27th 2015
Vanuatu food situation 'critical'
The Vanuatu Government says relief aid has now reached all of the nation's islands since Cyclone Pam struck two weeks ago.
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March 24th 2015
News
Bro'Town, IRD reach out of court deal
Lawyers representing a company which funded the animated comedy series Bro'Town and the Inland Revenue Department have reached a confidential out-of-court settlement.
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March 24th 2015
Sport
Joseph Parker climbs to No 8 in WBO rankings
New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker featured on the cover of SPASIFIK issue 62 continues to move in the right direction in the rankings, lifting to an impressive No 8 with on the WBO list.
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March 20th 2015
News
Pacific Disaster Net provides daily updates in wake of cyclone Pam
Suva, Fiji – The Pacific’s largest and most comprehensive information management resource on disaster risk management and national sustainable development has commenced daily email updates in the wake of cyclone Pam.
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March 20th 2015
News
Victoria community comes together for Vanuatu
Staff and students from Victoria University of Wellington have come together to provide support to Vanuatu following the damage caused by Cyclone Pam.
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March 17th 2015
News
Vanuatu in dire need
Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on Friday 13 March 2015, devastating the main island and surrounding islands. Following the direct hit from the Category 5 storm the death toll now stands at 11, with dozens injured, but is expected to rise.
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March 17th 2015
Gallary
Southside Pasifika 2015 a Success
Festival goers who attended Pasifika 2015 gave strong support to keeping the event at Hayman Park in Manukau, South Auckland.
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March 16th 2015
Gallary
Rotorua Pasifika Shines
Rotorua’s Pasifika Fun Day 2015 drew its biggest crowd ever on a beautiful sunny day as hundreds packed into the picturesque park by Lakeside.
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March 5th 2015
SPASIFIK ISSUE 63
No Place like Home
The 2013 population census showed only 18.5% of Pacific Peoples, less than one in five, could boast home ownership in New Zealand. With an increasingly growing Pacific youth population, Auckland’s increasing house prices and a persistent dependence on social housing, these numbers are likely to plummet further. AUT University Professor of Sociology CHARLES CROTHERS looks at housing for Pacific peoples in NZ today and the challenges faced by the next generation.
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March 5th 2015
SPASIFIK ISSUE 63
From the new Hawaiki
FUIMAONO TUIASAU, New Zealand Samoan, business and NFP governance adviser, lawyer, policy leader and Sogaimaiti, reviews The Art of Excavation, the first publication by SPASIFIK contributor Leilani Tamu.
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March 5th 2015
SPASIFIK ISSUE 63
Dancing with the Stars
DANCING FOR A LIVING IS A profession many would only dare to dream of. But for Lance Savali, of Samoan descent (Faleula, Nofoali’i), it has become a reality which is only just sinking in after being chosen as an official tour dancer for Chris Brown (right) in his upcoming Between the Sheets tour with Trey Songz.
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March 4th 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 62
The Best Side
Whether you’re from the Southside, Eastside, a Westie, G-Field Shore-hard or stem from Central, Pacific people identify with the area of Auckland we were raised or reside in, picking up local traits which inf luence the way we act, dress and speak. Why do we love our own particular patch, and what helps to identify us from the other parts of the world’s largest Polynesian city? FALEN TUUGA STEVENSON investigates and provides some unscientifically-proven stereotypes …
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March 3rd 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 62
Egypt’s Maori A Tale of Two Minorities
An Egyptian Christian immigrant FADY ZAKI has discovered he has more in common with the Maori people than Pakeha Christians – and that racism toward Maori is a problem in his adopted country New Zealand.
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March 3rd 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 62
Fight for West Papua Freedom Lives On
As a three-year-old, Mary Joku Ponifasio crossed into Papua New Guinea from West Papua and gained refugee status. While they missed their homeland, Mary’s family was fortunate to escape oppression and genocide after Indonesia claimed the western part of the largest Pacific island in 1962. Fate brought Mary to New Zealand where she has continued to fight for her homeland’s freedom, something her parents had dreamt of until they died. Mary’s story is one of courage, love and dedication which she graciously shares with MICHELLE CURRAN, to create awareness about a free West Papua.
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March 3rd 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
PASSING TRIBUTES
Dave Hereora of Maori descent was a New Zealand trade unionist and politician. He was a list MP for the Labour Party from 2002 to 2008. The long-time union organiser died on August 5 after suffering a short illness just days before his 58th birthday.
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February 27th 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
Celebrating Kiribati’s unique culture
The functionality of Kiribati objects impressed artist Chris Charteris when he visited his ancestral homeland, Kiribati, accompanied by filmmaker Jeff Smith
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February 27th 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
Niue: The Pacific’s New Adventure Wonderland
Artist MARK CROSS, who with his Niuean wife Ahi spends much of his time in Niue, writes how the enormous potential for tourism and genuine growth on the unique island is finally being realised.
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February 26th 2015
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
PASSING TRIBUTES
Prolific Maori composer, Morvin Te Anatipa Simon (Te Atihaunui a Paparangi, Ngati Apa, Tuwharetoa) sadly passed away.
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February 26th 2015
Entertainment
Pasifika Festival moves to South Auckland
The discovery of Queensland fruit flies in the Grey Lynn area has led to the Pasifika Festival relocating from Western Springs Park to South Auckland.
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February 25th 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
Niue’s photo album
WITH A FLUCTUATING POPULATION OF 1400, NIUE IS ONE OF the smallest independent nations on earth, and an artist’s dream.
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February 24th 2015
News
Investor says Government will learn from casino setback
An Investment Fiji board member says the Government will be better prepared when it searches for a new developer to build the country's first casino.
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February 23rd 2015
News
Fiji RSE workers leave for NZ
The first group of Fijians selected to represent Fiji under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer Work Scheme have left for NZ.
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February 23rd 2015
News
Fiji eyes direct flights to China
Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says the national airline, Fiji Airways, is negotiating for direct flights to China and Singapore.
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February 23rd 2015
News
Pacific kava under threat in Australia
Claims gangs of Pacific Islanders are smuggling kava into Australia's Northern Territory could see a government ban on the traditional drink.
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February 20th 2015
News
Rebuild progress in Tonga's Ha'apai school delays likely
The Tongan Government says it is addressing the housing shortage in Ha'apai but warns school buildings may have to wait a little longer.
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February 20th 2015
News
Fiji opposition defends Speight query
Fiji's opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has accused the prime minister of twisting the truth over her question in parliament about the fate of coup maker George Speight.
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February 20th 2015
News
EU gives millions to Fiji sugar industry
The European Union has allocated around $US23 million towards Fiji's agriculture and sugar industry.
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February 20th 2015
News
Tonga hopeful for NZ aid release
The Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga says he is hopeful suspended aid from New Zealand will be released shortly.
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February 19th 2015
News
SPC pushes for greater access for the disabled
The Deputy Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community has called for stronger partnerships in order to give disabled people greater access in the region.
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February 19th 2015
News
Pacific youth advocate against corruption
Over 40 youth representatives from 15 Pacific Islands countries will gather in Nadi, Fiji to discuss ways to address corruption in the region.
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February 19th 2015
News
Fiji PM challenges Kepa over Speight query
Fiji's Prime Minister has launched an attack on the leader of the opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa for asking about the fate of the jailed coup maker George Speight.
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February 19th 2015
News
Backpackers take Pacific seasonal workers jobs
Backpackers on tourist visas in Australia are taking work which could be given to seasonal workers from the Pacific.
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February 18th 2015
News
Conference to examine Pacific perspectives on China
A conference examining Pacific Island perspectives on China’s evolving relations with countries in the Pacific region will take place in Apia, Samoa next week.
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February 18th 2015
News
Tuvalu’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny
Tuvalu's record on women's rights will be examined by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, CEDAW, on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland.
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February 18th 2015
News
Tonga press freedom celebrated
The editor of a news service in Tonga says press freedom has improved in the Kingdom, but greater communication with the Government is still needed.
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February 18th 2015
News
Kanoa Lloyd's Te Reo stance wins plaudits
Hundreds of people including fellow broadcaster Alison Mau have posted messages of support for 3News weather presenter Kanoa Lloyd, who has revealed she has been criticised by viewers for her use on air of Maori language.
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February 18th 2015
News
Tongan royals meet Pope
Pope Francis has met King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u Tuku'aho of Tonga in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.
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February 17th 2015
News
Warning over fake recruiters in Solomons
The Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Ministry has issued a warning to people seeking seasonal work in New Zealand and Australia to be wary of fake recruitment agents.
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February 17th 2015
News
Global diets face future challenges
A New Zealand scientist says diets of the future will have to adapt as global population grows from 7 billion to 10 billion over the next 35 years.
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February 17th 2015
News
NZ entrepreneur eyes cataract cure
An 18-year-old New Zealand university student says she's hoping sales of an organic mascara will help fund cataract surgery and restore people's eyesight in Pacific region.
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February 17th 2015
News
New houses for Tongan cyclone victims
More victims of Tonga's cyclone Ian have been given new housing by the Tongan Ministry of Infrastructure with more on the way.
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February 17th 2015
News
Signs of Japan war graves emerge in Palau
Documents showing the existence of a mass grave in Palau for Japanese soldiers have been found at the US Navy Seabee Museum in California.
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February 16th 2015
News
Fiji's PM says sugar cuts will hit Fiji hard
Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says Fiji will be facing a cut in its export returns from sugar before 2017.
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February 16th 2015
News
Samoa PM downplays foreign fishing vessel concerns
Samoa's Prime Minister has downplayed concerns about the number of foreign fishing vessels the government allows in its waters.
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February 16th 2015
News
Samoa's parliament to go mobile this year
Samoa's parliament is being forced to move because of the deteriorating condition of Parliament House due to changes in climate.
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February 16th 2015
News
Tonga cardinal formally appointed
Tonga's flag has been flying at St Peters Square in the Vatican City as Tonga's first cardinal was formally appointed by the Pope.
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February 13th 2015
News
Samoa’s Bonnie and Clyde
It’s a classic “Bonnie and Clyde” story with a Samoan bite.
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February 12th 2015
News
Tonga Red Cross wants urgency on Ha'apai rebuild
The delays in rebuilding homes in Tonga's Ha'apai island group have been put down to legal issues and "finger-pointing".
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February 12th 2015
News
Tonga PM appoints advisor from NZ
The new Tongan prime minister has made a researcher who had been working in the New Zealand dairy industry an advisor to his government.
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February 12th 2015
News
Sorcery-accused rescued in PNG after torture
Police in Papua New Guinea have saved a woman who had been accused of sorcery.
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February 12th 2015
News
Marshalls still upbeat over anti-nuke cases
The Marshall Islands is to lodge an appeal in a case against the United States over nuclear disarmament.
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February 12th 2015
News
IOM denies preying on PNG asylum seekers
The International Organisation of Migration (IOM) is denying allegations it is preying on vulnerable jailed asylum seekers on Manus Island to have them agree to return to their countries of origin.
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February 11th 2015
News
Indonesia lectures mining giant on Papua
Indonesia's Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources has lectured the mining giant PT Freeport Indonesian on how it should view the remote province of Papua.
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February 11th 2015
News
Vanuatu chief praised for sharing land
A chief in Vanuatu's main island of Efate has been praised for opening up his traditional lands to people moving from the capital, Port Vila.
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February 10th 2015
News
Commoner becomes governor of Tonga's Ha'apai
The King of Tonga has appointed a commoner to the position of Governor of Ha'apai for the first time.
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February 10th 2015
News
PNG clarifies position on West Papua
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato has reaffirmed his government's support for Indonesian territorial sovereignty in West Papua and Papua provinces.
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February 10th 2015
News
EU yellow cards Solomon Islands
The European Union has warned Solomon Islands it needs to crack down on illegal fishing or it will impose a ban on the country's tuna exports.
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February 10th 2015
News
Fiji minimum wage unrealistic - FTUC
The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) says the new minimum wage is too low and still does not come close to the rate set by the Wages Council many years ago.
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February 9th 2015
Art
£200m Gauguin becomes most expensive work of art of all time
A Paul Gauguin painting of two Tahitian girls has smashed the record for the world's most expensive single work of art, after Qatar bought the canvas from a Swiss collector for almost $300 million (£200m).
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February 9th 2015
News
Tuvalu hopes to negotiate expansion of RSE
Tuvalu's foreign minister says he hopes to begin negotiating an expansion of New Zealand's seasonal employer scheme to include trades sometime this year.
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February 9th 2015
Entertainment
Poi E: the story behind the movie
A top-ten hit in each of the last three decades, Patea Maori Club's 1984 smash Poi E is being turned into a movie.
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February 9th 2015
News
PNG PM speaks out on West Papua
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says the time has come for his government to speak out about oppression of West Papuans in neighbouring Indonesia.
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February 5th 2015
News
Sacked Fiji TV executive files official complaint
A sacked manager of Fiji TV has lodged a formal complaints against the country's Attorney General.
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February 5th 2015
News
Pacific yellow fin could be inedible in 50 years
A new study led by the University of Michigan suggests that the Pacific's premium yellow fin tuna may be inedible in 50 years time.
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February 5th 2015
News
Pope appoints Tonga’s first Catholic cardinal
Bishop Sōane Patita Mafi of the diocese of Tonga and Niuē has been appointed a cardinal by Pope Francis.
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February 5th 2015
News
Niue to quarantine elephants for NZ
Auckland Zoo says Niue has been confirmed as a holding facility for two elephants it is planning to acquire from Sri Lanka.
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February 4th 2015
News
New Tonga PM cleaning up previous government's work
Tonga's newly elected Prime Minister says his government has been fully occupied with cleaning up the incomplete work of the last government since he was appointed four weeks ago.
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February 4th 2015
News
Fiji TV director denies government interference
The director of Fiji TV Nouzab Fareed has categorically denied allegations of wrongdoing by former employees.
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February 4th 2015
News
Samoa newspaper editor pleads not guilty to charges
The Samoa Government suspended newspaper editor Tupuola Terry Tavita, has entered a not guilty plea to five charges, including of indecent assault.
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February 4th 2015
News
Fiji to remove union jack from flag, says PM Bainimarama
Fiji is to remove the United Kingdom’s union jack from its flag, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has announced.
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February 4th 2015
News
Papua Governor gives mining giant ultimatum
The governor of Papua province in Indonesia has told the mining giant Freeport that it should leave the province if it won't build a smelter there.
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February 4th 2015
Health
Health pioneer publishes book based on more than half a century of treating eczema
More than 40,000 patients have travelled from New Zealand and across the globe to receive a treatment package at Mt Wellington Integrated Health Centre in Auckland since Pacific health pioneer Dr Joe Williams and his wife Jill took over the clinic in 1999.
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February 3rd 2015
News
John Key expects heat at Waitangi
Prime Minister John Key says he is expecting a "rough" reception at Waitangi this year as he walks into a hotbed of issues.
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February 3rd 2015
News
Samoan MP guilty of forgery
The Supreme Court in Samoa has found the Associate Minister for Trade and Commerce Muagututagata Peter Ah Him guilty of two charges of forgery.
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February 3rd 2015
News
Polynesian leaders meet in Auckland
The Polynesian Leaders Group, meeting today (Tuesday) in Auckland, is planning to focus on the enforcement of fisheries management in the Pacific.
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February 3rd 2015
News
New Zealand RSE formally launched in Fiji
Fiji and New Zealand yesterday (Monday) formally launched Fiji's participation in the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.
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February 2nd 2015
News
SPC urges participation in online gender equality discussion
Please share your organisation’s perspective or your own views, questions and hopes on issues surrounding gender equality in the Pacific, from poverty and health to women in power.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Climate change threatens Pacific hospitals - WHO
The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Work on Honiara international seaport to begin
Work on the Japanese funded project for the improvement of the Honiara International Seaport Facility in Solomon Islands is set to begin, following its ground breaking ceremony.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Manus guards accused of arbitrary raids
Refugee advocates in Australia have accused security guards at the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea of conducting arbitrary raids and confiscating mobile phones.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Advocate says laws not aiding violence victims in Tonga
A women's group in Tonga says 80% of domestic violence victims are going back into a violent environment.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Time to stop punishing Fiji, says Brownlee
New Zealand has resumed defence ties with Fiji that were suspended after the coup led by then-Commodore Frank Bainimarama in 2006.
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January 28th 2015
News
Hepisipa Tupou’s body recovered from Waikato River
The body of a man recovered from the Waikato River in Hamilton on Tuesday has been identified as being that of a Tongan male reported missing on Saturday.
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January 28th 2015
News
Manus Island asylum seekers declare end to two-week long hunger strike
Detainees on Manus Island have declared a two-week long hunger strike over.
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January 28th 2015
News
PNG ex-military head says police 'incompetent'
Papua New Guinea's former military commander says the country's police force is broken and incompetent and unable to carry out its constitutional duty.
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January 27th 2015
News
MSG to set up commercial arm
The Foreign Ministers of the Melanesian Spearhead Group have agreed to the establishment of a commercial arm for the sub-regional body.
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January 27th 2015
News
PNG governor standing with West Papuans
Papua New Guinea's Oro Governor, Garry Juffa, has announced he is standing with West Papuans to fight for their freedom.
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January 27th 2015
News
NZ company awaiting Solomons oil licence
A New Zealand Company, Duncan Hardie Group, has applied for a licence to conduct offshore oil prospecting in Solomon Islands.
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January 27th 2015
News
Further Earhart search hopes to find clues
A further search for clues of Amelia Earhart's plane has taken place on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands.
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January 27th 2015
News
Two Hawaiian va'a to join waka fleet
The largest waka fleet in 25 years, extra Navy vessels and the appearance of two Hawaiian va'a.
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January 27th 2015
News
Samoa talo exports more than triple
Talo exports from Samoa to New Zealand have more than tripled, increasing from four to 15 containers a month.
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January 27th 2015
News
Fiji PM dismisses Fiji TV complaints
The Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has dismissed the concerns of sacked Fiji TV executives who sent a complaint alleging the Attorney-General broke laws and violated the constitution.
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January 22nd 2015
News
Healthy lifestyles encouraged at new nutrition clinic
Achieving your New Year’s resolution to eat heathier just got easier with the opening of a new nutrition and dietetics centre in Auckland.
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January 22nd 2015
News
Kiribati a work in progress regarding human rights
The Office of the United Nations High Commissoner for Human Rights in the Pacific says while Kiribati has made progress, there is still work to be done around the area of rights.
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January 21st 2015
News
Tongan King to be crowned on July 4
Tonga's King George Tupou VI is to be formally crowned on July 4, 2015.
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January 21st 2015
News
Claims communication being restricted on Manus
A refugee advocate says asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have been banned from using a phone and talking to their case workers.
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January 21st 2015
News
Kiribati call for climate change attention at rights review
Kiribati has told a United Nations review of its human rights that the basic right of its people to survive climate change is a high priority.
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January 21st 2015
News
Little Jeanette’s heart-felt battle
Five-month-old Tongan-born Jeanette Quensell is a happy babe, always “chirping” away and winning over people with her heart-melting smile.
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January 20th 2015
News
New research blows Rapa Nui collapse theory
Newly-published research into ancient land use on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) shows the collapse of society there wasn't as dramatic as first thought.
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January 20th 2015
News
Manus Island guards force end to protest and seize alleged ringleaders
Authorities attempt to end week-long unrest at Manus Island centre by taking away up to 30 men from Oscar and Delta compounds, with some reportedly sent to isolation.
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January 19th 2015
News
FFA encourages Solomons to comply with EU regulation
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency has reminded the Solomon Island Government of their duties in regards to illegal fishing.
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January 19th 2015
News
Leaders isolated after Manus protests
Asylum seekers are continuing protests at Manus Island detention centre where security staff have reportedly rounded up ring leaders and put them in a high-security isolation unit.
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January 19th 2015
News
West Papua villagers flee from police to mountains, says activist
An exiled West Papuan independence leader says people from a remote village near the Freeport mine have fled into mountains for fear of the Indonesian military.
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January 19th 2015
News
Tonga Red Cross concern at lack of Ha'apai housing
Tonga's Red Cross says hundreds of people are still living out of tents and under sheets of roofing iron in Ha'apai, a year since their homes were destroyed by Cyclone Ian.
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January 16th 2015
News
Samoa opposition against citizenship sale
The opposition Tautua Samoa party says it rejects proposed legislation which offers citizenship to foreign investors who can provide US$2 million to the country.
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January 16th 2015
News
Kava keeps young Tongans out of trouble
Regular attendance at kava clubs can help keep young Tongan men away from drugs, alcohol and gangs, a study has found.
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January 15th 2015
News
Church in PNG worried over witchcraft accusations
The Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea says it fears for the safety of at least 50 people who are facing accusations of witchcraft or sorcery.
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January 15th 2015
News
Race against time
The gigantic effort to get the Apia Park ready for the historical clash between Manu Samoa and the All Blacks in July has been described as a race against time.
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January 14th 2015
News
Kava shortage bugs Vanuatu
A fresh delivery of kava lasted just a day in Vanuatu's Port Vila, as a kava shortage continues to affect kava bar owners.
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January 14th 2015
News
More than 100 Manus Island asylum seekers go on hunger strike
More than 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island have gone on hunger strike, protesting at their treatment in detention and the threat of being sent to live in the local community.
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January 14th 2015
News
PNG MP says state of emergency illegal
Former Papua New Guinea Attorney General and current MP Kerenga Kua says the Government's latest declaration of a state of emergency is unconstitutional and illegal.
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January 14th 2015
News
French Polynesia rally mourns Paris terror victims
About 500 people in French Polynesia have gathered to show respect for last week's 17 terrorism victims in Paris.
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January 13th 2015
News
Suspended Samoa newspaper editor accused of breaching bail
The police in Samoa are looking into an alleged breach of bail conditions by the suspended Savali News editor Tupuola Terry Tavita.
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January 13th 2015
News
Blues player Moala denies K Rd assault
A top Auckland rugby player has denied allegations he attacked two men in an inner-city bar, leaving one with blood pouring from his neck.
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January 12th 2015
News
Claims of torture by security forces in West Papua
Seven workers at the Samoa government-run Savali News have signed a letter to the Prime Minister saying they don't want the suspended editor, Tupuola Terry Tavita, to return.
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Janaury 12th 2015
News
Suspended Samoa editor “swore in front of staff”
Seven workers at the Samoa government-run Savali News have signed a letter to the Prime Minister saying they don't want the suspended editor, Tupuola Terry Tavita, to return
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December 23rd 2014
News
Fiji TV says it wrote rugby letter
Fiji TV Executive Director Nouzab Fareed says the station did in fact write a letter to World Rugby supporting the Government's call to share their broadcasting rights.
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December 23rd 2014
Economy
Opposition says gas project won't benefit PNG
Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says the Government's mismanagement of the economy will further prevent the country enjoying the benefits of the early phase of the LNG gas project.
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December 23rd 2014
Pasifika Futures
The first Innovation Fund, facilitated by Pasifika Futures, is underway, an opportunity for Pacific communities to develop their own vital resources.
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December 23rd 2014
News
Fiji's biggest heroin bust 'sends warning'
About US$25 million worth of heroin has been intercepted at Fiji's Lautoka wharf, in what police say is likely to be the largest heroin bust in the country.
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December 22nd 2014
Entertainment
Sol3 Mio singer stuns girlfriend with dramatic proposal
The bar has been set very high for surprise romantic marriage proposals, as over 7,000 hearts melted when a member of Sol3 Mio dropped a knee and asked his partner for her hand at their live concert on Sunday.
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December 22nd 2014
News
Greens say Australia robbing neighbours
Australia's Greens say more aid cuts announced this week mean Australia is effectively robbing its neighbours.
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December 19th 2014
News
Mystery still around foreign swimmer in Vanuatu

A mystery swimmer who swam ashore in northern Vanuatu has been identified as Thomas Sindbeg Erickson, who says he is a Dutch national.
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December 19th 2014
News
Fiji military says overseas ties help against internal threats

Fiji says strengthening ties with overseas defence forces will help the country defend itself against any internal security threats.
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December 19th 2014
EDUCATION
Australia provides more education aid in PNG

Australia is to provide infrastructure kits for 30 schools in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
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December 18th 2014
News
NZ Government 'concerned' at Papua shooting
The New Zealand Government says it is deeply concerned about last week's shooting death of school students in Indonesia's province of Papua.
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Decmber 18th 2014
News
Fiji TV worries media watchdog
The departure of two leading executives from Fiji TV is raising concerns at the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF), a regional media watchdog, about more interference in Fiji's media.
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December 18th 2014
News
Military plans for Papua a worry
The head of the newly formed United Liberation Movement for West Papua says the nature of Indonesia's deployment of security forces to the Papua region indicates it's a war zone.
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December 17th 2014
News
Opposition MP says Fiji TV sackings political
A member of the opposition in Fiji says the sudden sacking of two senior staff from Fiji TV is politically motivated.
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December 17th 2014
News
Fiji road builders want Fijians home to help
The Fiji Roads Authority has appealed to Fijians living overseas to return and be part of rebuilding its roads.
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December 16th 2014
News
China ups aid to Tonga
China has given Tonga an aid grant of just over US$16 million with the new Government to decide how it will be spent.
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December 16th 2014
Environment
Conservation Board Vacancies 2015
The Minister of Conservation is seeking nominations for membership of Conservation Boards.
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December 16th 2014
News
Jakarta called on to help Papuan victims' families
A human rights group says the relatives of those who were killed or injured during the recent shooting in Paniai in Indonesia's Papua need both justice and counselling.
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December 16th 2014
News
$3bn in extra cuts to Australia's foreign aid
Australia's government has announced that it will cut over US$3billion from its foreign aid budget, in addition to cuts made earlier this year.
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December 16th 2014
News
AUT University graduate leads the way at EPLD
Veronica Ng Lam isn’t your average 27-year-old.
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December 15th 2014
News
Flosse banned from Tahiti assembly
French Polynesia's disgraced former president Gaston Flosse has been banned from entering the premises of the territorial assembly after being charged with accepting stolen public property.
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December 15th 2014
News
The Road to a Better Life
A single road connects the 50,000 plus residents of the villages of Kiribati’s main atoll of Tarawa, forming an essential part of everyday life for half of the small nation’s population.
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December 11th 2014
News
Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards winners celebrated
Five outstanding young Pacific New Zealanders have taken out this year’s Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards – an initiative which recognises high achievement among young leaders.
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December 11th 2014
News
RAMSI supports Solomons police rearmament bid
The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says a key aspect of its remaining time in Solomon Islands is to help rearm local police.
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December 11th 2014
News
Former Vanuatu president Leye dies
A former Vanuatu president, Jean-Marie Leye, has died at the age of 82
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December 11th 2014
News
Mission in action: Christmas rush as tough times bite
Hundreds of families from as far away as Hamilton are queuing at the Auckland City Mission for help to put food on the table this Christmas.
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December 10th 2014
Entertainment
Inspiring Lexi
After three years of hard work and dedication, Maori director Wayne Turner (Ngati Uenuku-Kopako) is proud to present his directorial debut in the New Zealand drama movie, Lexi. SPASIFIK intern ANIJA NADKARNI chats to him about his work and his inspiration
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December 9th 2014
News
West Papua groups agree to form united front
West Papua's bid to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group is one step closer, after delegates at a meeting in Vanuatu agreed to form an umbrella organisation to represent their interests.
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December 9th 2014
News
Auckland driveway tragedy
Danny and Lope Mafi were excited about moving out of their cramped South Auckland unit to a bigger house that would give their children more space to play.
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December 9th 2014
Arts / Culture
Te Pahi medal returns home
A ceremony to mark the return of the Te Pahi silver medal to New Zealand was held at Auckland War Memorial Museum on December 6, before it goes on public display on December 17.
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December 8th 2014
Education
NZ’s first Pasifika Senior Partnership School opening 4th February 2015
Pacific Advance Senior School (PASS), New Zealand’s first Pasifika Partnership School based in Otahuhu, will open its doors to its first Year 11 students on 4 February 2015.
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December 8th 2014
News
Fiji poised to get more seasonal jobs in NZ
Representatives of the New Zealand government will be in Fiji this week to sign an agreement to hire people for seasonal work.
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December 8th 2014
News
Focusing on human rights in the Pacific
A three-day conference focusing on human rights in the Pacific, with topics ranging from greater political rights, gender equality, the rights of children and the rights of communities affected by climate change, starts today ( Monday) at Massey University’s Albany campus.
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December 5th 2014
News
PNG drifters in FSM after five months at sea
Two men are in hospital in the Federated States of Micronesia after being rescued from a small boat that was adrift at sea for five months.
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December 5th 2014
Arts / Culture
Auckland War Memorial Museum - What’s On Summer 2014/15
There’s always something exciting happening at the Museum and this summer is no exception.
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December 5th 2014
Cliff Curtis scores lead in Walking Dead spin-off
Cliff Curtis will play the lead in a new spin-off from the hit zombie show The Walking Dead.
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December 4th 2014
Entertainment
Applications flood in after casting call for Disney's Moana role
The official New Zealand casting call for Disney's first Polynesian princess Moana has opened - and sparked huge interest.
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December 4th 2014
Art / Culture
New exhibition commemorates WW1 Centenary
Auckland War Memorial Museum has announced the next chapter in its First World War Centenary Programme, a new exhibition from renowned New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai.
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December 3rd 2014
Art / Culture
Student work to feature in Pacific exhibition
Work by a Victoria University of Wellington third year architecture student will feature in a virtual exhibition by New Zealand-based Pacific artists.
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December 3rd 2014
News
West Papua summit delegates stranded in PNG
In Vanuatu, the West Papua Unification Meeting has been delayed for a day due to the stranding of over 70 delegates in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
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December 1st 2014
News
West Papua 'Independence Day' marked today
Solidarity events are being held today (Monday) around the world to mark West Papua Flag Day.
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