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DOC halts pukeko cull after takahe deaths


EDUCATION
Empowering Pasifika to succeed in trade apprenticeships

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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August 31st 2015
Education
AUT celebrates Māori success with AUTAIA - Māori open day
AUT will open its city campus on 9 September 2015 for AUTAIA, a celebration of Māori success at AUT.
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August 26th 2015
Education
Future of Work - Education and Training
New Zealand has a strong public education system we can be proud of. However it’s held back by a focus on qualification attainment which rubs up against providing individual education pathways for our students.
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August 21st 2015
Entertainment
‘Maketi Ples’ Contemporary Pacific Islands Art Exhibition
Now in its fifth year, Maketi Ples, the contemporary Pacific islands art exhibition and ‘market place’ presented by Pacific Islands Trade & Invest and the Shapiro Gallery, is back in Woollahra this August.
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August 21st 2015
Community
Nuie Police welcome Fiji Police back to the 44th Annual Pacific Island Chiefs of Police (PICP) Conference
Nuie Police this morning welcomed Fiji Police back into the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) conference as they and nineteen of twenty one member countries of the PICP gathered for their annual conference. This is the first time Fiji Police have been present at the conference for some time. Their inclusion comes after an invitation was extend by the attending Chiefs following last year’s conference and the verified elections held in Fiji last year.
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August 21st 2015
Health
Improving Pacific health practice through research
Nadi, Fiji – Thirteen health professionals from eight Pacific Island countries and territories embarked this week on an innovative operational research course aimed at addressing issues in national health practice.
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August 20th 2015
Entertainment
NZ singer Tipene releases new single - B.A.D
The east coast native Tipene is based in Hawkes Bay, NZ where he has started his own production company 'Native Niche Ltd' which he has put in place as a platform to launch new talented artists into the NZ music Industry.
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August 20th 2015
News
2015 Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab selected
Pacific Dance New Zealand is proud to announce the selection of three exciting choreographers in the 2015 Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab. They are – Hadleigh Pouesi, Jahra 'Rager' Wasasala and Albert 'Bux' Fale.
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August 19th 2015
News
Cook Islands PM says same-sex marriage is not an issue
The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, says same-sex marriage is not an issue in the Cook Islands, and there is no need to deal with it until it becomes one.
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August 19th 2015
News
BRING IT ON DANCE – Relaunch showcase for 2015
Creator & Owner: Talanoa Fonua-Raine has never been shy when it comes to her love of inspiring and empowering the youth. This year is definitely no different than any other year. She and her team are inviting Intermediate schools as well as University and Tertiary outlets at this year’s NEW Relaunch Showcase on Saturday 5th September 2015 @ Telstra Clears Pacific Events Centre in Manukau, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland, NZ).
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August 17th 2015
News
Te Vaka announced to work on new Disney movie
Disney announced popular Pacific band Te Vaka have been commissioned to help compose and produce the official soundtrack for its upcoming animated adventure Moana, about a Polynesian Princess. Set to be released in November 2016.
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August 13th 2015
News
Two Treaty settlement bills pass first reading
The Hineuru Claims Settlement Bill and the Ngāruahine Claims Settlement Bill passed their first readings today in extended sitting hours, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.
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August 13th 2015
News
BRADAS of Identity Company Take on the World And Win Gold
THE BRADAS of IDentity Company took out the GOLD medal in the adult section of the Hip Hop International World finals in San Diego against 80 other teams from all over the world last night.
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August 12th 2015
Long list of 40 potential flag designs announced
The Flag Consideration Panel announced on Monday the long list of 40 flag designs that have been selected for further investigation as part of the official design review process.
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August 11th 2015
News
Bill Sevesi to be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame
The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to those musicians who have had a significant impact on New Zealand life and culture through music. APRA AMCOS is proud to announce that songwriter and guitarist Bill Sevesi will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
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August 11th 2015
News
Māori Book Award finalists announced
The shortlist of New Zealand’s top Māori books for 2014 has been announced ahead of this year’s Massey University Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards.
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August 11th 2015
Entertainment
Officer 27
Award winning playwright Aroha Awarau has gone from writing about the glamour of movie actresses to the hardships endured by Pacific Island mothers.
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August 11th 2015
News
Family violence review exciting for whānau
The women's refuge collective has hailed the government's newly-launched family violence review as an opportunity for whānau to make sure the laws work for them.
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August 7th 2015
News
Cook Islands and NZ reaffirm ties
The leaders of New Zealand and the Cook Islands have reaffirmed ties in front of crowds in Rarotonga on the 50th anniversary of self-governance for the Cooks in free association with New Zealand.
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August 7th 2015
News
Cook Islands' colourful celebration
Ferrying the people from the Cook Islands' Pa Enua, or far-flung outer islands, to Rarotonga for Constitution Day celebrations was not an easy task.
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August 7th 2015
News
Samoa to take part in India’s Pacific Summit
After trying to keep pace with China in relations with Africa and Central Asia, India is now trying to match it neighbour’s growing footprint in the South Pacific.
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August 4th 2015
News
Pacific magistrates visit New Zealand Family Court
Auckland, New Zealand – Senior magistrates and judges from the Pacific had the honour of visiting the Waitakere District Court in Auckland on Friday, hosted by Judge Lisa Tremewan, as they wrapped up discussions at the Pacific Regional Judges and Magistrates Consultation in New Zealand.
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July 31st 2015
News
Pacific Islands plan for 2020 World Round of Population and Housing Censuses
Noumea, New Caledonia – Pacific Census Commissioners and Government Statisticians are meeting at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) this week for an important Pacific Community planning meeting concerning the 2020 World Round of Population and Housing Censuses.
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July 29th 2015
News
All boys’ high school pays respect with a powerful haka
Palmerston North Boys High School paid tribute to a beloved and long-serving teacher, Dawson Tamatea at his funeral with a hair-raising emotional haka performed by the entire student body.
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July 28th 2015
Entertainment
New music video released for Maori Language Week 2015
A new Te Reo music video has been launched to mark Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week, which started on Monday 27th July.
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July 23rd 2015
News
Pasifika returns to Western Springs in 2016
The world’s largest celebration of Pacific Island culture, Pasifika, will return to Western Springs Park in 2016.
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July 21st 2015
News
SOUL campaign to stop housing development
A small South Auckland community has received wide support in petitions to stop a proposal to build 500 new homes in their area
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July 21st 2015
News
Popular Presentation on Samoa’s German Presence on You Tube
Auckland writer and researcher Anthony Brunt, who specialises in the photographic legacy of German colonial period in Samoa, talked to a packed audience at Auckland Museum earlier this year which can now be seen online.
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July 20th 2015
News
American Samoa questions US gay marriage laws
One month after the U.S Supreme Courts decision to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the nation, American Samoa remains the only U.S territory to hold out against the new law.
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July 16th 2015
News
The Orator producers seek Samoans for new movie
Aspiring Samoan actors, young and old, have a chance to showcase their acting talents as casting opens for a new feature film.
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July 15th 2015
Entertainment
Fatu Feu’u holds Falealili Rain Forest Exhibition in Samoa
Fatu Feu’u, Samoa’s foremost contemporary artist is holding a solo exhibition at The Vanya Taule'alo Gallery in Samoa. Falealili Rain Forest opened at the gallery 6th July at 5:30 pm at Taumeasina and will be on until August 3rd.
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July 15th 2015
Entertainment
DANCING TO THE PACIFIC BEAT IN MANUKAU
New Pacific Dance Artists in Residence at MIT – free classes for public
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July 14th 2015
News
Pacific Pioneer Paddy Walker passes away
The ever inspiring Eleitino Edwina “Paddy” Diana Patricia Walker, advocate for Pasifika women, passed away peacefully in her Cook Island home at the age of 97
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July 13th 2015
Entertainment
The head, the hair and the selfie
South Auckland curator, Ema Tavola, is bringing Pacific art to new audiences in a series of three site-specific pop-up exhibitions at a Mt Eden barber and tattoo shop.
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July 10th 2015
Entertainment
Book launch: 30 years on from the Rainbow Warrior bombing
A call for increased political and legal pressure on nuclear powers for ‘real justice’ is needed, says Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Professor, Dr David Robie, on the eve of the launch of a special edition book about the Rainbow Warrior bombing.
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July 8th 2015
News
Retiring home made easy for Pacific countries of the realm
Last week Parliament passed the Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau) Act. By doing so we recognise the close constitutional ties New Zealand shares with these Pacific realm countries, and back their economic and social viability.
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July 6th 2015
News
Cook Islands want NZ to push Super further
A new law has passed allowing Cook Islanders, Niueans and Tokelauans living in New Zealand to return home to their islands without losing their eligibility for NZ Superannuation.
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July 3rd 2015
News
“Immoral” and “evil” gay activists told to leave Tonga
A protest by a church group told gay activists attending a conference to leave Tonga because they were “evil and “immoral” people
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July 2nd 2015
News
Policewomen from across the Pacific share experiences
Delegates from 21 Pacific countries gathered at the annual Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Women’s Advisory Network conference (PICP WAN) to discuss the key challenges faced by female officers. By Helen Hopoi
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July 2nd 2015
News
Pacific Island region farmers to grow tourism
Nadi, Fiji – Tourists to the Pacific Islands will see more local food on their plates, if delegates to the first ever Pacific Community Agritourism Week get their way.
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June 30th 2015
News
Uproar against women rights in Tonga continue
Protests have come to a halt as the decision has been made to not sign the United Nations Convention in March, to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
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June 22nd 2015
News
Social Assistance Bill voted in
History was made last week when the government passed the Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau) Bill in the House.
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June 18th 2015
News
Pacific-first centre of excellence for renewable energy and energy efficiency takes shape
Suva, Fiji – The Pacific Islands will soon have a regional centre of excellence in renewable energy and energy efficiency to support efforts to accelerate the adoption of feasible renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies across the region.
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June 17th 2015
Spasifik issue 64
World record paid for Polynesian-inspired painting
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 US$300 million (approx NZD$400 million).
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June 16th 2015
PMC director wins top Asia-Pacific media award
DUBAI (AMIC/AUD/Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): The coveted AMIC Asia Communication Award has gone to a “Down Under” winner for the first time this year.
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June 16th 2015
Spasifik Issue 64
Voyagers and Waka Warriors appear on Maori TV
A TWO-PART TV SERIES TE MANA O TE MOANA – THE PACIFIC Voyagers that chronicles an epic voyage of a group of more than 100 Pacific people who for the first time ever, sailed across the Pacific Ocean to carry a message of stewardship for the ocean, will screen on Maori Television on Tuesday 30 June at 8.30pm.
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June 11th 2015
News
Enhancing biosecurity against pest threats across the Pacific
Victoria University of Wellington scientists are working with Pacific partners in a University-led initiative to prevent, eradicate and manage invasive ant species from parts of the Pacific.
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June 4th 2015
News
Waitemata residents benefitting from improved health services
The latest Government health targets shows district health boards (DHBs) are continuing to provide better health services for New Zealanders.
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May 27th 2015
News
Upcoming seminar to articulate vision for Pacific regionalism
A prominent Pacific leader will lead discussion on the future of Pacific regionalism at a seminar to be held at Victoria University of Wellington this Friday.
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May 26th 2015
News
Chikungunya virus has now reached half of the Pacific Islands
Noumea, New Caledonia - The chikungunya virus has now reached half of the Pacific Island countries and territories and is likely to continue spreading to non-affected countries in the region and other parts of the world.
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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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