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EDUCATION
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FOOD
The Pacific’s finest


HEALTH
Back to school and breathless: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ warns of spike in illness


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February 9th 2016
SPASIFIK issue 66
Pacific Talent shines at Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards
The achievements of five of the country’s most talented young Pacific people were recognised at the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards (PMPYA) at Parliament in December.
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February 4th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 66
The Minstry for Pacific Peoples - a new name and look to reflect NZ’s Pacific communities
Two talented Pacific graphic design students are the stars behind the Ministry for Pacific Peoples' new visual identity.
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February 4th 2016
News
Labour MP blasts suggestion to move South Auckland families further south
Proposals to address the crisis over Auckland State House waiting lists by shifting South Auckland Pacific families as far as the South Island are ill-conceived, says Jenny Salesa, MP for Manukau East.
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February 4th 2016
News
Pacific people in New Year 2016 Honours
Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has congratulated the Pacific recipients of appointments and awards in the New Year 2016 Honours.
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February 2nd 2016
News
Auckland Museum partners with MIT for Taku Tāmaki Auckland Stories South, a new on campus exhibition
Opening on Tuesday 1st of March 2016 Taku Tāmaki: Auckland Stories South at MIT Manukau represents an exciting new partnership between Manukau Institute of Technology and Auckland War Memorial Museum.
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Febuary 2nd 2016
SPASIFIK issue 66
Polynesian Pioneers
The Polynesian Panthers were the first New Zealand-born Pacific generation who actively sought social justice against racism and discrimination. Labelled a gang by the media and authorities during the 1970s, the group of 17-19-year old Panthers protested against the dawn raids and were pioneers in providing legal representation against established authorities which has led to today’s legal aid system that all New Zealanders can access.
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January 27th 2016
News
I Te Timatanga - At The Source
An international hui, I Te Timatanga | At the Source, is to be held at Whakapara Marae in Whangārei, from the 26th – 29th of February 2016.
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Janaury 25th 2016
SPASIFIK opinion
Hunt For The Wilderpeople released online
New Zealand audiences get their first look at Taika Waititi’s new feature film Hunt for the Wilderpeople with the release of the films first teaser video.
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January 21st 2016
News
Savalalo market fundraising appeal launched
An official global ‘Savalalo Market Fundraising Appeal’ has now been launched. The fundraising appeal is in response to the plight of stall holders and small market vendors whose livelihoods were destroyed when the ‘Savalalo Market’ in Apia, Samoa was completely burned to the ground on Saturday evening 16th January 2016.
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January 20th 2016
News
Apia’s Savalalo market destroyed by fire
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has called for a full investigation into the cause of the fire which destroyed the Savalolo market in the capital, Apia.
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December 15th 2015
News
Artist, curator and writer Ane Tonga to curate next Tautai Tertiary Exhibition
The exhibition of tertiary students’ work that will open at Auckland’s ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT next September, and Wellington’s PATAKA Art + Museum in 2017, is the eighth to be supported by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust.
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December 15th 2015
News
Claudia Jowitt announced as recipient of the 2016 Artist in Residence at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic
During the eight week residency, Claudia Jowitt will tutor a Tautai Fresh Horizons workshop, a three day intensive for Pacific secondary students, and exhibit work produced during the residency at the DSA gallery.
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December 9th 2015
News
Tonga: Ancient and Modern 3RD edition released
Tonga’s most comprehensive history now includes the last decade’s shaky transition towards democracy, with the third edition of Dr Ian Campbell’s book Island Kingdom: Tonga Ancient and Modern.
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December 9th 2015
News
Breaking Connections
Prominent and prolific award-winning Pacific author Albert Wendt has published a fast-paced novel about a group of mainly Polynesian men with a strong bond growing up in Auckland who call themselves The Tribe.
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December 8th 2015
News
508 new social housing places for Auckland
National List MP Alfred Ngaro says the response from the community housing sector to the Government’s social housing proposal is greater than expected, resulting in 508 new Auckland social housing places over the next 3 years.
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December 2nd 2015
News
#RISE2025 launched to empower leadership for indigenous women
A new global coaching programme aimed at elevating Maori, Pacific Island and Asian women into leadership roles in the next decade was launched in parliament under a partnership between Maori Womens Development Inc and internationally recognised Entrepreneur, Talent Expert and Coach Rachel Petero.
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December 2nd 2015
News
New MP appointed to Shadow Cabinet
New Labour MP Jenny Salesa continued her rise in the Opposition ranks with her appointment to the Shadow Cabinet alongside fellow newcomers Meka Whaitiri and Peeni Henare.
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December 1st 2015
Entertainment
VIDEO: Three Wise Cousins December 2015 release
A film about a New Zealand-born Samoan who goes to Sa for the first time to impress a girl, is set to be released in December 2015. The comedy, titled Three Wise Cousins, stars Neil Amituanai who plays Adam, a guy who finds out that the girl he likes, Mary, is looking for a “real island guy”. And so he travels to Sa to learn from his cousins how to be a ‘real island man’ in order to impress her.
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November 27th 2015
News
Groove City a South Auckland ‘hood musical’ – Manukau Screening
After screening at the Sydney 2015 Pasifika Film Fest and winning a Peoples’ Choice Award from the event, filmmakers have brought Groove City back to where it originated, South Auckland. This is the second screening following the demand it generated after the Broadway Event Cinema earlier this month.
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November 26th 2015
News
New festival puts local Maori culture in the spotlight
The unique Māori history, heritage and contemporary culture of Tāmaki Makaurau will be centre stage in a new festival on Auckland’s waterfront.The inaugural Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival will take place on Auckland Anniversary Weekend 2016 on Queens Wharf and on the water.
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November 24th 2015
News
Miss Pacific Defiance
The Pacific’s reigning beauty queen is defying the Samoan Prime Minister and heading for the Miss World competition.
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November 19th 2015
SPORT
Adventurer at Heart
Samoan World Champion Adventure Racer Nathan Fa’avae has released an outstanding book on his stunning career.
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November 17th 2015
Entertainment
Justin Bieber’s Purpose: The Movement with Parris Goebel
Justin Bieber had hour-by-hour video releases of 13 music videos, to his VEVO account, accompanying the release of his fourth album Purpose.
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November 18th 2015
News
More free-to-air sport and TV for the Pacific
Following Prime Minister John Key’s announcement in September of television content for the Pacific region, more details emerged at an event at AUT University.
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November 16th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 65
Fans Go Beau-nanas over X Factor winner
Following his x factor win and well received self - titled debut album, Beau Monga successfully completed his first nationwide tour of New Zealand in September which stretched from Kaitaia in the far north to Invercargill in the far south.
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November 13th 2015
SPASIFIK Issue 65
Using evidence and evaluation in guiding service delivery for Pacific
Strong evaluation methods are vital to delivering better development results in the New Zealand-Pacific region. This was one of the key messages from the annual Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) Conference.
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November 13th 2015
News
Jakarta cautiously lifts the veil in West Papua
The lid is lifting on what has been for so long Asia/Pacific's hidden region.
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November 13th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 65
Book peviews 
Maori Made Easy is a fun, complete guide to learning the Maori language no matter what level you’re on. Supported with text and video content within the MāoriLanguage.net website, Maori Made Easy allows the reader to take control of their learning by committing 30 minutes a day for 30 weeks.
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November 12th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 65
Pride in Publishing for Pacific
The businesses of Evotia Tamua and David Riley are examples that, contrary to popular uninformed opinion, the world of book publishing is far from dead. Fedora Tola and Lamumata Lauano speak to Evotia and David about their passion not only for publishing but for Pacific.
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November 12th 2015
SPASIFIK Issue 65
National honours for Pacific leaders
A number of Pacific people have been honoured by Her Majesty The Queen with appointments to The Order of New Zealand. The group were formally recognised for their services to the community at a ceremony hosted by Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae in Wellington at Government House.
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November 11th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 65
Learning from a legend
In 1976 Repeka Lelalu became part of the newly formed P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. organisation for Pacific women in New Zealand when she was barely in her teens. As President of the Central Auckland branch she pays tribute to its founding National President Eleitino Paddy Walker, who passed away in July.
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November 11th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 65
Te Ururoa’s Te Reo Mission
While Maori Language Week, 2015 was embraced by mainstream media, news of the language’s steady decline in usage by Maori continues. According to Statistics NZ, the proportion of Maori able to hold an everyday conversation in their language has decreased from 25% in 1996 to 21.3% at the most recent Census in 2013.
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November 10th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 65
Operation Exodus
Award-winning journalist David Robie was on board the Greenpeace environmental ship Rainbow Warrior on its last mission to Rongelap Atoll in May 1985 and stayed with the ship until it reached Auckland in July.
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November 9th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 65
The Business of Making Great Art
Pacific artists are producing some of our most exciting art but often lack the arts management skills needed to build audiences beyond their communities. Victor Van Wetering met three artists developing their potential as arts managers and leaders.
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November 6th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 65
A Daughter’s Tribute to a Pacific Pioneer
In July, Samoan-born Eleitino Edwina Diana Patricia Walker, known affectionately across the Pacific as “Paddy”, passed away aged 98. Daughter and former magazine editor MICHAL McKAY paid tribute to her mother’s inimitable sense of style and purpose which has inf luenced and inspired her. The tribute first appeared in the NZ Herald’s VIVA Magazine for Mother’s Day 2014, and Paddy loved it so much that she asked Michal to read it when discussing what she wanted at her farewell
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November 6th 2015
Entertainment
Siva, Black Grace Dance
Black Grace and Auckland Live proudly present Siva
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November 4th 2015
SPASIFIK issue 65
Born to dance
As a key member of choreographer Parris Goebel’s world champion and gold medal-winning Royal Family dance crew for the past four years, being centre stage isn’t a problem for Huntly teenager Tia Taharoa (Tia) Maipi.
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November 2nd 2015
From the Archives - SPASIFIK issue 64
Niue - The Island that Stands Alone
When Mike Pointer was appointed New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Niue in the late 1990s, he was joined by his two sons and his wife MARGARET POINTER, a trained secondary school teacher. In Niue she became involved in research to trace Niue’s involvement in World War I. That led to an exhibition and book, which has in turn led to a more substantial publication on the tiny, remarkable, isolated island nation, titled Niue 1774–1974: 200 Years of Contact and Change. Courtesy of publisher Otago University Press, we feature Margaret’s introduction to her ground-breaking work.
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November 2nd 2015
Hau Announces 'The No End Theory' Album Launch Tour
In celebration of his debut solo The No End Theory, out now on Remi’s House of Beige label, Hau will be hitting the road across Australia and New Zealand, performing both live shows and DJ sets.
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October 30th 2015
News
Sydney Pasifika Film Fest 2015
The first Sydney Pasifika Film Fest will be staged on November 4 – 8 at Sydney’s Fox Studios. The Festival provides a platform to showcase the work of filmmakers and artists who are telling Pasifika stories. The Film Fest aims to honour the culture and recognise film as a way of sharing Pasifika stories.
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October 30th 2015
MP Alfred Ngaro selects local young person for 2016 Youth MP
National List MP Alfred Ngaro has selected Fa’ataualofa Abbytailor So’olefai of Henderson High School as his representative for Youth Parliament 2016.
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October 23rd 2015
News
Pasifika Foundation launched in Style
The Pasifika Foundation was launched in entertaining style at the Te Oro Music & Arts Centre in Glen Innes. The Foundation is a community organisation designed to support Pasifika families through music, culture, language, history and exploring education opportunities.
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October 21st 2015
News
Hawaiian to voice Moana, Disney's new Polynesian princess
Hawaiian Aulii Cravalho says she can’t wait to play Disney's new princess, Moana, title character of the upcoming film from Disney Animation Studios.
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October 21st 2015
News
Youth MP for Manukau East selected
Jenny Salesa, MP for Manukau East, is delighted to announce 16-year-old Selena Gordon (Tainui) has been selected as her Youth MP.
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October 14th 2015
Investing in Samoa - Property for sale
Live in one, rent out the other and develop the rest. An exciting property with two fully furnished homes each with two double bedrooms and two bathrooms on a half acre site is for sale. Close to Tuana’imato Sports Facility this is an investment opportunity not to be missed.
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October 13th 2015
From the Archives - SPASIFIK issue 64
Transforming spaces
“I am interested in spaces that might be spaces or times of transformation spiritually,” says Lonnie Hutchinson.
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October 12th 2015
News
Minister welcomes Niue Language Week
Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is calling on all New Zealanders to take part in Niue Language Week this week.
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October 12th 2015
From the Archives - SPASIFIK issue 64
Slavery and Plundering in the Pacific
Kiwi journalist Michael Field's quest to discover the identities of the crew who had mysteriously disappeared off an abandoned Taiwanese fishing boat in 2008 led him into a dark world of foreign-flagged vessels fishing the waters of New Zealand, other Pacific nations, and the Southern Ocean.
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October 12th 2015
News
Auckland museum to host creative New Zealand's inaugural National Pacific heritage arts fono
Auckland War Memorial Museum is proud to host the first ever national Pacific Heritage Arts Fono. Running from Thursday 22 October through to Saturday 24 October, the free three day event will provide a forum for Pacific heritage arts practitioners to gather, share and exchange their respective knowledge and experiences with each other and museum professionals.
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October 5th 2015
News
Pacific population growth by 2038 could make up 11 percent of NZ population
High birth rates and intermarriage are expected to drive the Pacific population growth of in New Zealand over the next 23 years.
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October 1st 2015
Entertainment
Solitaire
Hip hop dancing twins Brooke and Starce Oneill, who star in the recently-released NZ hip hop movie Born to Dance, feature in the track Solitaire by Shapeshifter & the Upbeats.
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September 25th 2015
News
Dark Horse at the Oscars?
Cliff Curtis, lead actor in the movie The Dark Horse, which was our cover story for SPASIFIK’s Winter Issue 61 in 2014, is being tipped by the entertainment magazine Variety as a contender for best actor at next year’s Oscars for his role.
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September 18th 2015
Community
Be B.R.A.V.E for our Pasifika young people
A digital resource called B.R.A.V.E. has been opening up positive conversations about suicide for Pasifika communities, particularly on social media. The B.R.A.V.E. video gives voice to our Pasifika young people, who are making an honest plea for all of us to listen. It is aimed at parents and adults, representing the views of what young people think we should know.
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September 17th 2015
Entertainment
Manu Bennett arrested in San Antonio
US media have reported Kiwi actor Manu Bennett has been arrested for assault in San Antonio.
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September 16th 2015
News
NZDF led Task Group Repairs Cook Islands Schools and Clinics
A multi-national task group led by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has begun refurbishing several schools and hospitals in the northern Cook Islands as part of Exercise Tropic Twilight.
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September 16th 2015
News
NZ Trade Commissioner to PNG announced
Prime Minister John Key has announced that Peter Hobbs will be New Zealand’s newly appointed Trade Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.
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September 16th 2015
Education
Professor of Pacific Studies receives national honour
Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop was appointed a companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at an investiture ceremony at Government House this week.
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September 15th 2015
News
Papua New Guinea and Pacific Community mark new era of cooperation
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – To mark an era of closer development cooperation, Papua New Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Rimbink Pato, and the Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
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September 11th 2015
Education
Pacific Community calls for more attention on literacy and learning
Improving literacy rates in the Pacific Islands should be widely accepted as a priority and shared responsibility if the development aspirations for the region are to be realised, according to the Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga.
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September 11th 2015
News
Tonga celebrates International Day of Democracy
Nukualofa, Tonga – Tonga citizens will gather on 15 September, 2015 to recognize the International Day of Democracy in a day-long workshop of discussions, presentations, and breakout groups focused on ‘Making Space for Women’ in the country’s democratic institutions, particularly in local representative positions.
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September 11th 2015
Education
First Pacific Islander to become a member of Auckland Law School academic staff
Helena Kaho has turned her life around. Helena wanted to show she could make something of her life.
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September 10th 2015
Education
Pacific Community calls for more attention on literacy and learning
Suva, Fiji – Improving literacy rates in the Pacific Islands should be widely accepted as a priority and shared responsibility if the development aspirations for the region are to be realised, according to the Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga.
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September 9th 2015
Education
50 Māori Cadets Launch into Engineering and Infrastructure Industry
50 Māori graduates from around the country are set to graduate from six months of training, gaining skills and qualifications to support them into a wide range of trades-related careers.
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September 9th 2015
Health
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day
International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) Awareness Day is celebrated on the 9th September. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should refrain from alcohol.
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September 9th 2015
Education
Local schools go digital to shun plastic waste
A project developed by a Victoria University of Wellington student will teach IT and digital technology to youth in lower decile schools, and help curb the increasing problem of plastic waste in Samoa.
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September 8th 2015
Entertainment
Beat-boxer extraordinaire embarks on All Ages Aotearoa Tour
Forging his own pathway, innovative and driven beat-boxer extraordinaire Beau Monga embarks on the King & Queen Aotearoa Tour, encompassing the deep south of Invercargill to Kaitaia’s far north!
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September 8th 2015
Education
Pacific’s ‘Future Leaders’ gather in Auckland
Around 50 youth leaders from 19 Pacific Islands gathered in Auckland, New Zealand last week for the third ‘Future Leaders of the Pacific’ conference. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘social entrepreneurship and leadership.’
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September 7th 2015
News
New Zealand suspends justice aid to Nauru
The New Zealand government has suspended the country's aid to Nauru's justice sector because of ongoing concerns about civil rights abuses.
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September 7th 2015
News
Visiting Cook Islands heritage artists to share their knowledge and skills in New Zealand
Six senior artists from the Cook Islands specialising in heritage artforms will visit Aotearoa New Zealand next week as part of an annual Creative New Zealand cultural exchange programme with the Pacific Islands. The visit coincides with this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations of self-government for the Cook Islands.
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September 4th 2015
Health
Feedback sought on Disability Action Plan
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the first annual update of the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 will help government agencies work together on actions that are important to disabled people.
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September 4th 2015
Community
Generous Kiwi legacies lifting lives in the Pacific
Oxfam New Zealand has received gifts of over $200,000 in the last year from generous Kiwis who have left money in their wills to support poverty reduction programmes in the Pacific.
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September 4th 2015
Environment
SPC supports maritime boundary progress in the North Pacific
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia – This month the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is responding to requests from the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to assist these countries to formalise their maritime boundaries and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs).
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September 3rd 2015
ENVIRONMENT
Pacific Community Director-General: energy mix and resilience key to sustainable island economies
Suva, Fiji – Greater uptake of renewable energy and stronger financial and technical support from wealthier nations are central to building climate-resilient, green blue island economies, according to the Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga.
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September 2nd 2015
Education
Impact of Pasifika ancestry on health explained
New findings about the special characteristics of the immune systems of Pasifika people will be presented at a workshop at Victoria University of Wellington this week.
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September 1st 2015
Health
Cervical Screening Awareness Month
Cervical Screening Awareness Month falls in September every year, and encourages New Zealand women to have regular cervical smear tests to protect themselves and their families.
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September 1st 2015
Tongan Langauge Week
Labour celebrates Tongan language and diversity
Tongan Language Week is a timely reminder of the importance and beauty of our Pacific culture, identity and language in New Zealand, says our first Tongan born, Tongan speaking MP Jenny Salesa.
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September 1st 2015
Health
Blue September Prostate Cancer awareness
Blue September is all about raising awareness of prostate cancer, and encouraging and supporting men to take responsibility for their health, get tested and stay educated.
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