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SPASIFIK Magazine Issue 74 out now!

 

Learn about how renowned artist SOFIA MINSON returned to her Ngāti Porou roots, creating a business providing original paintings, canvas and archival prints in our COVER STORY. She speaks to SPASIFIK Publisher and Editor INNES LOGAN

 

In UPFRONT we mourn the loss of democracy champion  ĽAkilisi Pōhiva, the first commoner to become Prime Minister of Tonga in September, as well as many young Samoans lost to the measles epidemic.

 

We congratulate the recipients of the 2019 Creative NZ Arts Pasifika Awards, and the cast and crew of the plays handpicked by SoHo Playhouse for a 2020 showcase in New York.

 

And meet 2019 Billy T Award winner KURA FORRESTER, the first Maori to win the award since 2004 and first Maori woman to win it … ever.

 

In SPORT and BUSINESS we go grassroots footy with the AH KUOI family, a name synonymous with the Richmond Rovers Rugby League Club, now in its 106th year, as we hear how Isaac Ah Kuoi is helping Pacific families subdivide property.

 

In MUSIC SPASIFIK reporter LAUMATA LAUANO speaks to HERBS’s former manager the Tongan Polynesian Panthers co-founder Will ‘Ilolahia, former percussionist Alan Foulkes and co-founder Toni Fonoti, both Samoans about merging rhythm and activism in Aotearoa and around the Pacific.

 

Learn about Amy Maslen-Miller the SAMOAN SCIENTIST in our Q&A.

 

We talk some of the best PACIFIC FILMS OF 2019 from the hilarious and heart-warming to the sobering and gut-wrenching: Take Home Pay, Herbs: Songs of Freedom, My Father’s Kingdom, Vai and Liliu.

 

SPASIFIK contributor FAUMUINA FELOLINI MARIA TAFUNA’I who took part in Tuia – Encounters 250, commemorating 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Maori – the tangata whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand – and Pakeha in 1769-1770 shares her own personal journey of discovery and the remarkable links shared among people of the Pacific.

 

Auckland War Memorial Museum LUCY MACKINTOSH unearths the history of Ihumatao on RNZ which we share.

 

In HEALTH we attended Pasifika wellbeing provider LeVa’s satellite GPS seminar where LAUMATA LAUANO spoke with Epenesa Olo, the Ministry of Health’s Principal Advisor, Child & Youth Mental Health & Addictions and Le Va’s chief executive Dr Monique Faleafa as we gear up for Le Va’s Growing Pasifika Solutions 2020 Conference.

 

Don’t forget our usual EDUCATION, BUSINESS and COMMUNITY features from our Pacific communities.

 

Grab Issue 74 of SPASIFIK for all this, plus more features, columns, and articles to keep you informed and entertained.