Issue 73 of SPASIFIK Magazine out now

The latest issue of SPASIFIK Magazine is out now- on our cover is Tongan-American VERONICA POME’E the first Polynesian woman to grace the pages of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, we meet Samoa’s celebrity chef MONICA GALETTI and talk the IOANE BROTHERS with former Manu Samoa international CAMPBELL BURNES. Issue 73 is filled with features, columns, and articles that will entertain and inform.



Read about Polynesia’s first ever Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model VERONICA POME’E in our COVER STORY.


The Tongan-American beauty is making waves in the modelling industry, using her platform to raise awareness on issues faced by our Pasifika people - from climate change to being comfortable in your body.


In UPFRONT we celebrate our people’s successes from New Year’s Honours to recipients of the 2018 Creative NZ Arts Pasifika Awards, meet the First Ever Maori Barbie and talk about the dangers of dictating to girls where their ‘place’ is as we continue the fight to end violence against women in the Pacific .


We meet Masterchef MONICA GALETTI, born in Samoa, raised in New Zealand and now a chef and television presenter based in London- learning of the challenges she faced growing up.


In SPORT former Manu Samoa international CAMPBELL BURNES talks the come up of the Ioane brothers RIEKO and AKIRA IOANE who could very well join the long dynasty of All Black brothers for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.


SPASIFIK reporter LAUMATA LAUANO explores the ramifications of debt from a young age, the lack of financial literacy amongst our young Pacific adults and shares her own story of spiralling personal debt from the age of 18.


We mourn as a nation in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack that claimed 50 lives and left dozens more injured on 15 March 2019. While it brought our nation together to show solidarity with and for our Muslim brothers and sisters, it unearthed issues that need to be addressed from pockets of our own Pacific communities.



We talk FILM in our Q&A with four of the nine VAI filmmakers, Sharon Whippy (director of the Fijian vignette), ‘Ofa-Ki- Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki (Tongan), Matasila Freshwater (Solomon Islands) and Marina Alofagia McCartney (Samoan in Samoa). They let us in on the importance of such a film for Pasifika people around the region, especially our wahine toa.


Catch some of RNZ PACIFIC’s great coverage of Pacific news both here in New Zealand and regionally and the rebranding of PMN – Pacific Media Network -which brings with it even more of a focus on Language, Culture and Identity.


In HEALTH we explore Pasifika wellbeing provider LeVa’s Mental Wealth Project a website which supports people to learn how to look after their own mental health and that of their friends and family.




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


Grab Issue 73 of SPASIFIK for all this, plus more features, columns, and books to keep you informed and entertained.