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COMMUNITY
Poverty in Paradise – commitment needed from Pacific nations


BUSINESS
Various factors cause fall of Tonga candidate numbers


ENVIRONMENT
American Samoa to convert rubbish to energy


SPORTS
Henry Speight’s impending Wallabies debut a triumph over lifetime of adversity

October 31st 2014
News
French journalists detained in West Papua returned home
Two French journalists handed a 10-week jail term in Indonesia for illegally reporting on the country's Papua province have returned to France.
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October 30th 2014
Entertainment
Maori TV resignation, move on cards
Maori Television's head of news and production Julian Wilcox has resigned after 10 years at the broadcaster.
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October 29th 2014
News
Man charged with hacking wife to death
In Vanuatu, a man has been charged with murder after hacking his wife to death with a bush knife last Friday.
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October 29th 2014
Entertainment
TVNZ presenter upbeat on outsourcing
A presenter for Television New Zealand's Tagata Pasifika says the company's decision to outsource their production could be a good opportunity for the programme.
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October 28th 2014
Entertainment
The Doqument – A fateful meeting
Auckland-based group The Doqument continue to make waves in the New Zealand hip-hop scene with the recent release of their double sided sophomore album Blank Canvas – Wall & Piece for free down-load.
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October 24th 2014
Entertainment
TVNZ to outsource Maori and Pacific programmes
TVNZ announced yesterday (Thursday) it intends to get independent producers to make almost all of its Maori and Pacific programmes from next year.
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October 24th 2014
News
Visa rules at centre of Papua trial
An Indonesian expert witness says the two French journalists on trial in Papua for misuse of a tourist visa were involved in journalistic activities as defined by law.
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October 21st 2014
News
French journalists on trial in Papua
The trial of two French journalists opened in Papua on Monday.
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October 20th 2014
News
Billion-dollar telescope to be built in Hawaii
Construction has begun on what will become the world's most advanced and powerful optical telescope, located near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
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October 17th 2014
Entertainment
Book Review Tulagavae, poems by Keneti Apa
Tulagavae is Samoan hubris expressed in the poetic form is like a grenade, but with a difference. Like good Italian Grapa or Scottish single malt, it is to be imbibed carefully to get the full rich blast of sacred Samoan legends mixed with the Palagi lyrical form.
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LATEST ISSUE
SPASIFIK Magazine Spring 2014 Issue 62 out now!

In our COVER STORY we talk to heavyweight explosion JOSEPH PARKER, a young New Zealand-born Samoan from South Auckland aiming high and achieving big things early-on in his professional boxing career. We find out what drives him to want to be the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
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October 16th 2014
News
Samoa officers suspended over jailing of a child
Four police officers, including an inspector, have been arrested in Samoa as a result of an inquiry into a 3-year-old who was locked in jail with his father last Friday.
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October 14th 2014
Entertainment
Pacifica Living Arts Festival 2014
It is a celebration of Pacific culture and the Pacifica Living Arts Festival is back for another year of vibrant colour and excitement.
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October 13th 2014
News
French journos to face trial
Two French journalists arrested in Indonesia for allegedly violating their visa conditions may soon face trial.
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October 10th 2014
Crime/News
Samoa police inquiry into jailing of a three-year-old
A police inquiry is underway in Samoa into why a three-year-old child was locked up with his father in jail.
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October 8th 2014
News
West Papua’s Benny Wenda up for Nobel Peace Prize
Founder of the Free West Papua Campaign, Benny Wenda, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second year in a row.
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October 7th 2014
News
Tongan Princess dies aged 65
Tongan Princess 'Elisiva Fusipala Tauki'onetuku Tuku'aho has died in the United States, aged 65.
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October 6th 2014
News
Three-year-old locked in Apia police cell with his father
A three-year-old boy was locked in a cell at a police station in Apia with his father last Friday
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October 3rd 2014
Politics
Gaston Flosse returns Legion of Honour in protest
French Polynesia's disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, has returned his French Legion of Honour in protest at not being pardoned for corruption.
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October 2nd 2014
News
Commissioners' resignation in Tonga rejected
Tonga's acting prime minister has refused to accept the resignation of four Public Servants Commission commissioners.
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September 29th 2014
Politics
Gaston Flosse hired by French Polynesia’s ruling party
French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira party has hired the disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, as an advisor and given him an office at the territorial assembly.
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September 26th 2014
News
Fiji drought threat growing
Reports from Fiji say the country is rapidly approaching a state of drought, with no substantial rainfall since May 17.
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September 25th 2014
News
West Papuan hopes MSG countries follow Vanuatu
An Australia-based campaigner for West Papuan rights, Paula Makabori, says she hopes the other members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group follow Vanuatu's example and help fund the Port Vila based West Papua Unification Committee's fundraising drive.
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September 25th 2014
News
Green MP rallies for media freedom in West Papua
A Green Party MP has urged the retuning government in New Zealand to make good on the recently passed parliament resolution to press for media freedom in West Papua.
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September 24th 2014
Marketing Job
Awesome opportunity for a young up-and-comer
Work closely with Pacific communities in the publishing and marketing sector and launch your marketing career. SPASIFIK Publishers Oceania Media LTD are currently looking for a Marketing Assistant / Coordinator to join them. Is it you? Do you know someone who could be the one?
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September 23rd 2014
Politics
Seven Pasifika MPs elected - highest number ever
The highest number of Pasifika MPs elected in New Zealand's history were voted in at the weekend general election.
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September 23rd 2014
Politics
Fiji’s Sodelpa pledges election inquiry
Fiji's main opposition party has pledged to move a motion to launch a parliamentary inquiry into last week's election.
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September 22nd 2014
Politics
Fiji’s democracy a “legacy of the military”
The leader of the FijiFirst Party, Frank Bainimarama, says the country's new democratically elected government is a legacy of the military.
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September 19th 2014
Politics
Fiji losers claim election vote rigging
Political parties bound for the opposition benches and those who failed to make the Fiji Parliament want the vote count suspended.
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September 19th 2014
News
Papuan human rights lawyer attacked
Amnesty International says a Papuan human rights lawyer, defending a tribal leader accused of separatist activities by Indonesian authorities, has been attacked.
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September 18th 2014
Politics
Bainimarama on track to win Fiji election
Frank Bainimarama looks set to retain his position as Fiji's prime minister.
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September 17th 2014
Entertainment
Opera stars steal the show
Marlena Devoe has won the 2014 Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Awards in Sydney and Darren Pene Pati (one third of Sol3 Mio) has won the Caballe International Aria Competition in Spain.
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September 16th 2014
Entertainment
Maori directors scoop TIFF award
What We Do in the Shadows, a mockumentary about vampires living in a New Zealand suburb, has claimed the People's Choice award for top film in the Midnight Madness programme at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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September 16th 2014
Politics
Good turn-out of early voters for Fiji election
There has been a good turn-out in early voting in Fiji's election.
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September 11th 2014
Pacific Region
Prince Harry greets Maori dancers at Invictus Games
As the Invictus Games nears kick off in London, Prince Harry dropped by the Kiwi team for a surprise visit.
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September 10th 2014
Entertainment
The Dead Lands a hit at Toronto Film Festival

The New Zealand Herald reports that the NZ movie The Dead Lands - starring Boy's James Rolleston - was such a hot ticket at its world premiere at the Toronto International Festival that the fire brigade had to be called.
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September 4th 2014
Entertainment
Crowdfunding for ‘Maori Western’
The film-makers behind Once Were Warriors are asking the public for half a million dollars to get another movie off the ground - and will reward investors with a stake in the production.
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September 3rd 2014
Pacific Region
Cooks coin highlights natural beauty
Cook Islands News reports that a new coin minted under the auspices of the Cook Islands highlights one of the most beautiful regions in the world.
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September 2 2014
Entertainment
Samoan presenter in running for most eligible bachelor 

Ladies, the countdown is on for Cleo’s Bachelor of the year. Thirty of Australia’s most eligible bachelors have been announced, including Samoan MTV presenter Krit Schmidt. 
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September 1 2014
Pacific Region 
PNG's Mount Tavurvur volcano erupts back to life 

A major volcanic eruption in Rabaul on Papua New Guinea's East New Britain Island has left residents concerned for their safety. 
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August 29th 2014
Pacific Region
Tukoroirangi Morgan takes over Maori King's official duties 

Tainui heavyweight Tukoroirangi Morgan will fulfil the Maori King's official engagements as he recovers in hospital from his diabetes-related ailment. 
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August 27th 2014
Entertainment
World-beating barbershop quartet up for APW awards
Lifelong commitments to saving lives and soaring harmonies will be recognised this month by the Wellington City Council, when world-beating barbershop quartet The Musical Island Boys receive an Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian Award.
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August 26 2014
Entertainment
Swains Island doco in festival final
Radio New Zealand International reports that a film about Swains Island is a finalist in the largest ocean film festival in the world, the Blue Ocean Film Festival.
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August 25th 2014
Entertainment
Sol3 Mio announce their first ever DVD and book
Sol3 Mio are taking their extraordinary voices to the world.
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August 22nd 2014
Pacific Region
South Korea to help Vanuatu artists
Radio New Zealand International reports that South Korea has signed a deal to provide a centre for local artists in Vanuatu.
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August 20th 2014
Entertainment
The untold story of Pauly Fuemana
Maori/Niuean singer-songwriter Paul Fuemana shot to fame in 1995 with the song that became New Zealand’s biggest selling record. His story will be told in a new documentary screening this month on Maori Television.   
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August 19th 2014
Entertainment
More news surrounding Disney's new Polynesian Princess 

Disney describes upcoming film ‘Moana’ as a "mythic adventure set across a series of islands set across the South Pacific." 
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August 18th 2014
Entertainment
An evening with The Modern Maori Quartet
Enjoy an evening with The Modern Maori Quartet (MMQ).
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August 15th 2014
Pacific Region
Teacher builds robots in Samoa
The Central Leader reports that most people visit Samoa for the sun and sand but Doug Bryan went there to show kids how to build robots.
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August 14th 2014
Pacific Region
U.S. Secretary of State visits Solomon Islands
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flagged cooperation on tackling climate change during a brief stop in the Solomon Islands, where he emphasised ties dating back to World War Two.
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August 13th 2014
Entertainment
Jonah Lomu reacts to Robin Williams death
3 News NZ reports that All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu mourns the loss of a man he says he was privileged to call his friend.
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August 12th 2014
Pacific Region
Rare Maori figure in Auction
New Zealand Herald reports that a rare Maori statue is being sold at auction in France, and is expected to fetch up to $3.1 million.
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August 11th 2014
Pacific Region
Pacific islanders speak with Gloucestershire accent
There is a tiny paradise island in the South Pacific Ocean where the entire population all speak with a Gloucestershire accent.
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August 8th 2014
Entertainment
Shortland Street heads to Fiji
The Fiji Times reports that three episodes of the long-running medical soap drama Shortland Street are being shot in Fiji bringing to our shores one of the show's main stars, Michael Galvin — better known as Chris Warner.
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August 7th 2014
Pacific Region
Call for Tonga to showcase artefacts from first Polynesian settlement
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that an archaeologist whose work has traced the origins of Polynesian settlement in the Pacific says it’s a shame Tonga doesn't have a museum to showcase its own history.
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August 6th 2014
Pacific Region
Bainimarama heads to NZ ahead of Fijian elections
Stuff reports that Fiji's military leader Frank Bainimarama arrives in Auckland this month for his first visit since his coup d'etat that overthrew a democratic government in 2006.
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August 5th 2014
Entertainment
Stan Walker to star in hip-hop film ‘Born to Dance’
Stan Walker has been announced as the first lead casting of the multi-million dollar international hip-hop film ‘Born To Dance’ set to shoot in New Zealand in October 2014.
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August 4th 2014
Pacific Region
Maori designs light up Edinburgh Castle

3 News NZ reports that New Zealand is set to leave its mark after the Commonwealth Games finish in a couple of days.
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August 1st 2014
Pacific Region
Prince Harry plays video games with Fijian athletes
Two of Fiji’s athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games have had a welcome chance encounter with British royalty.
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July 31st 2014
Pacific Region
Vanuatu marks 34 years of independence
Radio New Zealand International reports that a series of celebrations were held around Vanuatu to mark the country's 34th anniversary of independence from Britain and France.
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July 30th 2014
Pacific Region
Black Grace set to take stage at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
UK debut by New Zealand's leading company combines traditional Samoan fa'ataupati slap dance with Western choreographic techniques.
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July 29th 2014
Entertainment
Robert Oliver named as My Kitchen Rules NZ judge
A stellar line-up of local chefs has been confirmed for the My Kitchen Rules NZ Tasting Panel.
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July 28th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
Education Special: Educating Pasifika

Hard work and commitment have started to reap rewards, with the number of Pacific students leaving school with an NCEA Level Two qualification on the rise. Education Minister Hon. Hekia Parata says better results at school lead to students making better choices in life. MICHELLE CURRAN takes a look at how the education system is starting to work for Pacific students, and at their future prospects
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July 28th 2014
Entertainment
Meet The Block NZ’s Pacific couple
The four couples competing in the third season of The Block NZ have been revealed. This year, the television show also features a Pacific couple- Maree and James.
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July 25th 2014
Entertainment
NZ Film ‘The Dead Lands’ to have Toronto world premiere
Maori action epic The Dead Lands will have its world premiere with a Special Presentation at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The prestigious festival annually launches several key international and North American films and is one of the world’s leading public film festivals, screening around 300 films from more than 60 countries every September.
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July 24th 2014
Pacific Region
Valerie Adams proud to be flag bearer at Commonwealth Games
TVNZ ONE News reports that Olympic champion Valerie Adams says she feels "really proud" after being named as New Zealand's flag bearer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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July 22nd 2014
Pacific Region
Metal detector finds WWII explosive in Guam
Radio New Zealand International reports that unexploded ordnance was found on a Guam beach by a man who was searching the waters with his metal detector
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July 21st 2014
Entertainment
Calls to dump Jonah From Tonga
Stuff reports that US online newspaper The Huffington Post has called on HBO to dump comedian Chris Lilley's TV comedy series Jonah From Tonga because it's "racist".
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July 18th 2014
Pacific Region
Daren Kamali awarded international residency in Iowa

Pacific poet, writer and musician Daren Kamali will undertake a three-month writer’s residency at the University of Iowa from August to November 2014.
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July 16th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
Style - Belle of the Ball- for under $250
Everyone wants to look their finest during ball season. Here we have tried to collate a few tips to help you look chic and savvy without spending beyond your means and on a budget of under $250.
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July 16th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
American students drawn to academic excellence
Pacific students from leading American universities are coming to study at the University of Auckland, a university with a global reputation and world-class Pacific Studies programme in the world’s largest Polynesian city.
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July 16th 2014
Entertainment
Keisha Castle-Hughes rumoured to star in ‘Game Of Thrones’
Although there’s been no official announcement yet, it looks like we know the identity of at least one new addition to the cast of “Game of Thrones.” According to the New Zealand Herald, Keisha Castle-Hughes spilled the beans to friends that she’s officially on board for Season 5, in a role of a deadly Dornish Sand Snake.
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July 15th 2014
Pacific Region
Tonga centre of trading empire in prehistoric oceania
Tonga was once at the centre of a vast trading empire stretching 500,000 square kilometres across the Pacific.
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July 15th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
Sisters endeavours lead to success
When Ashleigh walked through the gates of St Cuthbert’s College as an Endeavour Scholarship student in 2006, little did she know how much the next seven years of school would impact her life.
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July 14th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
Engineering a new generation
When an unsuspecting Maria Eliza listened to a presentation by a group of Auckland Uni students during science class, she had no idea how much impact their words would have on her. The group – South Pacific Indigenous Engineering Students (SPIES) – were encouraging the MacAuley High School girls to consider engineering as an option for tertiary study. Maria heeded their suggestion, and is now a network engineer for Auckland Watercare – she has never looked back.
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July 14th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
Creating a winning culture
Massey University Sport and Exercise Lecturer and former professional rugby player Jeremy Hapeta discovered by living up to their name, the Waikato-based Chiefs transformed from also-rans to two-times Super XV rugby champions
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July 14th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
It takes a village to raise a child
Plunket serves over 27,000 Pacific clients nationally. As an important link to communities around New Zealand, the organisation is currently seeking Pacific volunteers to help deliver services and support to families.
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July 11th 2014
Entertainment
BBC America orders Pacific Island Mystery Series ‘Tatau’

BBC America has greenlighted Tatau, a drama from the producers of Being Human. The series is set in the Cook Islands.
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July 10th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
More misery poured on the Solomons
In early April, unprecedented floods wreaked havoc on the Solomon Islands, inflicting extreme damage on the heart of the nation, Honiara. An estimated $10 million worth of damage was caused and thousands were left homeless. Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) CEO Benjamin Afuga rushed to the aid of victims. He speaks to MICHELLE CURRAN
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July 10th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
Sisters carve up in the Masterchef NZ Kitchen
Winning Masterchef New Zealand 2014 earlier this year provided sisters Karena and Kasey Bird with “the best feeling in the world”. The duo talk about growing up on fried bread and boil-up in the Bay of Plenty and much more.
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July 9th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
The Big Fijian Returns Home
Local hero Vijay Singh has an advantage over the rest of the field when he tees off in the inaugural Fiji International on August 14-17. After all, the former No 1 designed the venue, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, and he is also set to be the marquee player at the PGA Tour of Australasia Tournament. MICHELLE CURRAN looks at how the upcoming contest will impact the Pacific nation
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July 9th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
Tourists seek more cultural engagement visiting the Pacific
Organisers at the first ever South Pacific Tourism Exchange in Auckland on May 22-23 exceeded expectations and that tourists looking to visit the South Pacific “want more than to just to lie in the sun on the beach.”
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July 9th 2014
Entertainment
Musical Island Boys win world title
Kiwi a capella quartet the Musical Island Boys have taken the top title at the International Barbershop Singing Convention in Las Vegas.
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July 8th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61 EXCLUSIVE
5 Minutes With… Mr Lavalava
After 19 episodes of climbing coconut trees and wooing Pani and Pani, Fresh TV has finally crowned the winner of the Mr Lavalava 2014 competition. The grand finale saw “shy guy” Petia Vui come out on top, and he is now the face of MENA’s new menswear range.
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July 8th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Fighting the fever
In 2013, Tristan Katoa could have been yet another young victim from an illness that began with a simple sore throat. His and his Tongan family’s tale of survival is part of this winter’s rheumatic fever awareness campaign. INNES LOGAN reports
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June 7th 2014
Pacific Region
NZ-Samoa test in Apia likely next July

ESPN Scrum reports that All Blacks great Bryan Williams has told of the special significance a historic Test between New Zealand and Samoa in Apia would have, as the fixture now appears closer to becoming a reality. 
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July 4th 2014
Pacific Region
Brando luxury resort open in French Polynesia
A luxury eco-resort has been opened on a remote island in the Tetiaroa islets in French Polynesia, owned by the estate of American actor Marlon Brando.
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July 3rd 2014
Entertainment
Film Raro flicks are finalists in US
Cook Islands News reports that two short films created during last year’s Film Raro challenge have been picked as finalists in a major American online film festival.
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July 2nd 2014
Sport
Jabari Parker becomes highest-drafted Pacific Islander in NBA
Jabari Parker, the 6'8" power forward from Duke, made history in the 2014 NBA draft.
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July 1st 2014
Entertainment
Jonah Lomu introduced as an AFL star
A US commentator has been left red-faced after mistakenly describing rugby great Jonah Lomu as "one of the greatest Australian Rules Football players of all time" at the UFC Fight Night in Auckland.
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June 30th 2014
Pacific Region
Fiji leads march for 5th Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival
The Fiji delegation led the march for the official opening ceremony of the 5th Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea this month.
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June 26th 2014
Fashion
Maori designer heads to NZ Fashion Week
Rotorua Daily Post reports that what has been inspired by the people of Rotorua is soon to be seen on the catwalks of New Zealand Fashion Week.
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June 25th 2014
Pacific Region
Haka, didgeridoo and bagpipes to hit Glasgow Festival 2014
Haka and taonga puoro will meet didgeridoo and bagpipes in a unique fusion of indigenous pride that will be showcased at Glasgow’s Festival 2014 in July, during the XX Commonwealth Games.
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June 24th 2014
Entertainment
Dwayne Johnson walks red carpet with Wallabies
Dwayne Johnson was spotted in Sydney at the exclusive screening of his latest film, Hercules: The Thracian Wars. He was accompanied by Wallabies stars Israel Folau (who is of Tongan descent) and Will Skelton (who is of Samoan descent).
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June 23rd 2014
Entertainment
Cliff Curtis returns home to take lead role in The Dark Horse
Cliff Curtis returned home from Hollywood to take the lead role as Genesis Potini in the New Zealand movie, The Dark Horse.
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June 20th 2014
Entertainment
Patea Maori Club meets Viago the Vampire
The Dominion post reports that Kiwi hit Poi E and vampire Viago, of What We Do In The Shadows, have at least one thing in common - both have been resurrected.
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June 18th 2014
Health
Rheumatic Fever- A Mother’s Story
A sore throat can lead to Rheumatic Fever and heart damage.
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June 18th 2014
Entertainment
Maori teen riding music rollercoaster
Stuff reports that Jackson Owens, nephew of NZ actress may be living the high life, but there is still nothing he loves more than coming home to Turangi and enjoying New Zealand kai.
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June 17th 2014
Sport
Steven Adams pays homage to his roots with tattoo

Next time you see New Zealand NBA basketballer Steven Adams on TV blocking a shot, his forearm will have a whole new story to tell.
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June 16th 2014
Entertainment
Dwayne Johnson wants you to join Team Hercules
Dwayne Johnson got himself into the best shape of his life to play Hercules in the new fantasy epic from director Brett Ratner.
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June 13th 2014
Health
Rheumatic Fever- A Father’s Story
A sore throat can lead to Rheumatic Fever and heart damage.
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June 13th 2014
Entertainment
Kiwi musicians head to Samoa in support of Ray of Hope Concert
A number of prominent Kiwi musicians will travel to Samoa for charity concert Ray of Hope which aims to raise money for the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG).
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June 12th 2014
Dance
Mana Wahine- A journey of strength
Okareka Dance Company presents MANA WAHINE. The true story of Te Aokapurangi, a young maiden from Rotorua.
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June 10th 2014
Pacific Region
Skeletons of Japanese soldiers found in Pacific
3 News NZ reports that the skeletal remains of what are believed to be Japanese soldiers have been exposed on a remote Pacific island where waves have eroded the sea shore, a Japanese government official says.
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June 9th 2014
Health
The Katoa Twins & Their Rheumatic Fever Story
A sore throat can lead to Rheumatic Fever and heart damage. Here we meet The Katoa Twins as they share their Rheumatic Fever Story.
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June 9th 2014
Pacific Region
West Papua’s new dawn?
The often violent fight for West Papuan independence from Indonesia may be one the most significant conflicts in our region, but it’s also one of the least reported.
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June 6th 2014
Sport
Lomu supports call for All Blacks to play in Pacific Islands
TVNZ One News reports that the call for the All Blacks to play in the Pacific Islands continues to gain momentum with All Black great Jonah Lomu adding his support.
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June 5th 2014
Film
Fiji’s budding short filmmakers learn from Kiwi experts
Students in three Fijian cities, Suva, Labasa and Nadi learned to script, shoot and produce short films from teachers of the Invercargill-based Southern Institute of Technology’s film school at three one-day workshops in Fiji.
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June 4th 2014
Health
Island nations top world’s fattest countries

Tonga is the fattest country in the world, according to new global obesity survey published by the journal Lancet.
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June 3rd 2014
Fashion
Over 85 fashion designers show at Fiji Fashion Week
More than 85 childrenswear, menswear and womenswear designers showcased their latest collections at the just held seventh edition of Fiji Fashion Week.
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May 30th 2014
Entertainment
Pacific pride through song
Are you the next Adeaze, Aaradhna or Pieter T? It could be your time to shine, in the inaugural Unitec Pacific Song Writing Competition.
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May 30th 2014
Pacific Region
Papua New Guinea bans polygamous marriages
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that Papua New Guinea's government has moved to ban polygamy.
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May 29th 2014
Pacific Region
Obama welcomes Kiribati diplomat
U.S President Barack Obama welcomed Kiribati’s Ambassador to the United States – Makurita Baaro, at the White House Oval Office in a presentation of credential ceremony.
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May 28th 2014
Pacific Region
New Zealand Prime Minister heads Pacific tour delegation
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will lead a delegation to Samoa, Tonga and Niue next month for the 2014 Pacific Mission.
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May 27th 2014
Dance
Cook Islands Dancer of the Year crowned for 2014
Pacific Resort Rarotonga activities manager Matt Pierre has been crowned Cook Islands National Dancer of the Year at the 2014 Te Mira Ure competition.
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May 26th 2014
Festival
Thousands attend Utah Pasifika Festival
Thousands attended this year’s fourth annual Utah Pasifika Festival, which took place on 100 East in downtown Provo.
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May 23rd 2014
Award
Robert Oliver wins global award for samoan cookbook
Robert Oliver wins global award for Samoan cookbook
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May 22nd 2014
Sport
Fa’amausili sets a new record
Fourteen year old swimmer Gabrielle Fa'amausili (featured in ISSUE 60 of SPASIFIK) has set a new meet record at the Oceania Swimming Championships held in Auckland this month.
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May 21st 2014
Health
New way for people of Auckland to check their gambling
A new game show has hit our screens, but this one has a difference. It's an innovative way to help people see the early signs of harmful gambling.
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May 20th 2014
Pacific Region
Twenty couples to observe special day of love in Fiji
The Jet reports that twenty Chinese couples who will be on an eight-day tour of Fiji will express their love for each other in style at a special ceremony at Port Denarau.
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May 19th 2014
Pacific Region
Joe Natuman is Vanuatu’s new Prime Minister
Joe Natuman has been elected Vanuatu's new Prime Minister.
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May 15th 2014
Entertainment
Pianist’s impromptu performance goes viral
The Dominion Post reports that Shaqaila Uelese saw a piano on the street that read "Play Me", that's exactly what she did.
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May 16th 2014
SPORT
Call for All Blacks to play in Samoa
The New Zealand board has confirmed that the All Blacks will play a Test against the USA at Chicago's Soldier Field in November.
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May 14th 2014
Pacific Region
Polynesian teenagers celebrate cultural pride in Hawaii
There was an opportunity for Hawaii’s Polynesian students to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and pride in the Samoan culture and they came through as champions at the High School Samoan Cultural Arts Festival.
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May 14th 2014
SPORT
Tahitian surfer first French Polynesian world champ
X Games reports that Tahiti's Michel Bourez has won the final of the ASP World Tour's Rio Pro this month. That takes him to two wins in four events.
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May 12th 2014
Pacific Region
World’s fireknife champion crowned
Via Tiumalu Jr has won the hottest championship in Polynesia, the 2014 World Fireknife Championships. This is Tiumalu’s third time being named the world champion, having previously earned the title in 2011 and 2008.
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May 8th 2014
Entertainment
Tongan presenter slams mockumentary ‘Jonah from Tonga’
Herald Sun reports that a vocal member of Australia’s Tongan community has slammed Chris Lilley’s new mockumentary ‘Jonah from Tonga’ as racist and degrading of her people.
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May 7th 2014
SPORT
Sonny Bill Williams signs global deal with adidas

Adidas has announced a new global partnership with one of the world’s most recognisable and talented athletes - Sonny Bill Williams (who is of Samoan descent).
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May 6th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Does my BMI make me fat?

Massey University researchers are questioning the BMI’s accuracy and worth by looking at the profiles of hundreds of Maori and Pasifika women in their EXPLORE study. Does the BMI really reflect your health status or risk of developing chronic diseases? FALEN TU’UGA STEVENSON investigates by taking part in the study.
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May 5th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH 
Mama knows best

A new way of engaging Pacific families about health and wellbeing
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May 2nd 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Healthy living, healthier you
When Pasifika Integrated Healthcare CEO Dahlia Naepi stated her aim was to make North Shore’s Pacific community the healthiest in the country by 2015, she realised the best place to start was with her own workforce.
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May 2nd 2014
Health
More funding to fight rheumatic fever
Mangere, one of the high risk areas for rheumatic fever, set the scene for Prime Minister John Key’s announcement an additional $20 million will be provided to help fight the illness.
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May 1st 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
A healthy start
Eating healthy, nutritious food is vital for pregnant women wanting to give the babies they’re about to bring into the world the best start in life. Naturopath NICKI MACKINNON suggests some of the top foods to eat and provides advice to benefit both mother and child.
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April 30th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 60 EXCLUSIVE
Pacific are not a problem to be solved, but a potential to be realised
National Party List MP, Alfred Ngaro, challenges Pacific people to fulfil their potential.
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April 30th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 60 EXCLUSIVE
Treating vulnerable people as second class citizens is wrong
Labour Party MP for Mangere, Sua William Sio shares his thoughts on the ill-treament of Pasifika and Maori mothers by staff at Middlemore Hospital
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April 30th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Denial then determination to defeat diabetes
For too many years Berthreen (Beth) Akatika denied having diabetes.Stubbornness and a refusal to learn about the disease led to years of urinary tract infections, amputations and general ill health. The mother of four, of Cook Islands descent, tells her story and what finally helped her to accept her condition and make positive changes to her lifestyle.
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April 29th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 60 EXCLUSIVE
Debt collection- know your rights
Are you avoiding answering the phone in case it’s the finance company or debt collection agency ringing about that account you just haven’t managed to get sorted yet? Good news is, it’s not all doom and gloom: there are rules lenders must follow when collecting money from you.
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April 29th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
A living wage for all
Vaka Tautua is a charitable organisation that has made the commitment to join the growing movement by providing a living wage for its workers.
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April 28th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 60 EXCLUSIVE
Pioneering Tongan educator receives Distinguished Alumni Award
Hon. Dr 'Ana Maui Taufe'ulungaki, the Minister of Education in the Kingdom of Tonga, was one of five outstanding graduates of the University of Auckland to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award.
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April 28th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Doctor in Charge
Dr Joe Williams is a Pacific health pioneer in his 54th year practising medicine, yet he shows no signs of slowing down. INNES LOGAN interviews the Medical Director of the Mt Wellington Integrated Health Centre, instigator and active member of the Pacific Prostate Cancer Foundation and a world leader with a special skin clinic for people with eczema.
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April 24th 2014
PACIFIIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Let's talk about sex before it's too late
Robert Muller, General Manager of Village Collective, says the conservatism of Pacific communities prevents effectively confronting and dealing with sexual health matters, but it’s time to change that.
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April 23rd 2014
PACIFIIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Maternity Special: First 2000 Days
The infant years of a baby’s life have often been regarded as largely irrelevant in determining its future in life. The Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) in South Auckland, where almost a third of New Zealand’s Pacific population lives, has launched a strategy aimed at connecting the people, projects and services from preconception, pregnancy and postnatal to early infant and child health up to five years of age. MICHELLE CURRAN interviews those participating in what is called the First 2000 Days.
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April 22nd 2014
Pacific Region
Tongan King’s wine to be auctioned
Stuff reports that Tonga's colourful King George Tupou V is probably rolling his grave – as a bottle of his favourite wine is being used to support New Zealand's Labour Party.
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April 17th 2014
PACIFIIC PEOPLES HEALTH
One Nurse, One Dream, One Journey
Sione Vaka describes his long journey in pursuit of his dream to become Massey University’s first Tongan male nursing PhD graduate, and the challenges he faced, overcoming language and cultural differences along the way.
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April 17th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 60 EXCLUSIVE
MIT supports Pacific Island secondary schools with new qualification
Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has commenced a three year major project supported by NZAid in the Pacific Islands to address student disengagement in Tongan and Samoan secondary schools.
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April 16th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 60 EXCLUSIVE
Celebrating your heritage language
Celebrating Pacific languages is an important part of keeping language alive and thriving. Each year, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs supports and promotes Pacific language weeks held across the country.
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April 16th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Collective Strengths
By 2009 there were 39 Pacific providers receiving PPDF – Pacific Provider & Workforce Development Funding. But in an environment where bigger is better when striving for greater efficiencies, Pacific Providers are responding to the challenge by pooling their strengths and resources under four regional collectives. MICHELLE CURRAN and INNES LOGAN report on why Pacific providers are as relevant as ever
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April 15th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 60 EXCLUSIVE
Rich foundations at Te Wãnanga o Aotearoa
Margaret Aull remembers attending New Zealand protests with her mother as a child in the 1980’s. It was here the present Arts Collection Curator at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa got her first taste of art - making banners and using chalk on the pavement of Aotea square. Those memories still inspire her work today. Margaret reflects on her career and explains what it is like working to develop Māori exhibitions.
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April 15th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Climbing Mountains
After respective successful careers in travel and education, husband and wife Toalepai Lui Tautolo and Faafua Leavasa-Tautolo are in their 70s and now retired… in name only. Their love of family, faith and community, and desire to stay fit and healthy, ensure the couple are as busy as ever
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15th April 2014
Festival
Pacific cultural fest a first in the UK
Close on the heels of the British Royals’ high profile visit to Oceania this month, the British people will be showcased a slice of the South Pacific in the United Kingdom a few months from now.
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14th April 2014
Festival
Auckland Festival of Photography
Memory is a central focus for 2014’s Auckland Festival of Photography - which features a record 115 events and exhibitions from May 29 to June 20. The theme encompasses projects that explore how indigenous peoples are portrayed, suicide, living with Alzheimer’s, and how technology can help sustain cultural memory.
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April 11th 2014
Festival
Wellington Jazz Festival to bring eclectic mix to Capital in June
Top international and home-grown jazz names will join US legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton in the line-up of the 2014 Wellington Jazz Festival this June, it was announced today. Tickets are on sale to the public from 9am Monday 7 April at Ticketek.
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April 10th 2014
Awards
PNG journalist wins SPASIFIK Storyboard diversity awards
Papua New Guinean journalist and researcher Henry Yamo has won the SPASIFIK Prize and PMC Storyboard Award for best diversity journalism by a graduating student at AUT University's School of Communication Studies awards in Auckland this month.
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April 9th 2014
SPASIFIK ISSUE 60 EXCLUSIVE
Inaugural Pacific Business Stocktake to help support sustainable Pacific Businesses
A stocktake of all pacific owned businesses and Pacific social enterprises in New Zealand is being conducted by The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and partner agencies, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Pacific Business Trust and Careers New Zealand.
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April 9th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Mistaken Identity
New Zealand’s reputable and publically-funded health system is under increasing pressure as the cost of health care continues to mount. In South Auckland, where non-resident Pacific people live in the same neighbourhoods as those with residency, there is growing suspicion false identities are being used for nonresidents to access free healthcare. MICHELLE CURRAN reports
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April 8th 2014
Pacific Region
Maori welcome for Royal couple
On the first day of their three-week tour of Australasia, the Duke and Duchess were driven from Wellington Airport to Government House, the official residence of New Zealand’s Governor-General, for a half-hour welcoming powhiri.
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April 7th 2014
Pacific Region
Flooding hits Solomon Islands
Thousands of people have been left homeless and dozens are still missing after a devastating storm in the Solomon Islands.
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April 3rd 2014
Pacific Region
Maori treasure withdrawn from museum may be sold
Stuff reports that an important Maori treasure was withdrawn from Te Papa by two members of Wellington's prominent Love family so they could sell it.
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April 2nd 2014
Pacific Region
Polynesian Cultural Center hosts Queen of Tonga
Tonga's Queen Nanasipauu Tukuaho received an elaborate welcome on her first royal visit to Oahu.
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Apill 1st 2014
Pacific Region
Cemetery findings in Vanuatu continue to surprise
Stuff reports that it's been just over a decade since a bulldozer driver creating a prawn farm uncovered a remarkable 3000-year-old burial ground that is still surprising scientists trying to understand who Polynesians are.
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March 31st 2014
News
New Caledonia capital elects first woman mayor
Radio New Zealand International reports that New Caledonia's capital has elected its first woman mayor in the second round of the municipal elections.
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March 27th 2014
Pacific Region
Island in the Pacific home to countless WWII relics
The Marshall Islands is now populated by only 300 people, and previously was under Japanese Imperial Army control during World War II.
Time has passed but the artifacts of war remain and make the island a virtual military museum with remains of the past still to be discovered.
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March 26th 2014
Film
Documentary on American Samoa football team hits US festival
Radio New Zealand International reports that a documentary on the American Samoa football team will be screened at a Manhattan film festival next month.
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March 24th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Enua Ola up to the challenge
Since 2009 the ENUA OLA programme has been helping the Pacific community in West Auckland and the North Shore to get healthy. It started as an initiative by providers such as Pasifika Integrated Healthcare with the Waitemata District Health Board.
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March 24th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Tui's tale a lesson for other women
Tui Allen had just turned 40 when her right breast started feeling sore. “Hot water made it itchy, and I scratched the hell out of it,” she says. “And if I knocked it, it’d be ‘Oh sh**, that really hurt!’”...
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March 21st 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Shore way to healthier communities
Pasifika Integrated Healthcare CEO Dahlia Naepi wants North Shore’s Pacific community to be the healthiest in the country by 2015.
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March 21st 2014
News
Tongan receives internship in the White House
Milika Leokona Tonga Hopoi, an American of Tongan descent, has been granted an internship in the White House.
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March 21st 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Sole Inspiration
Combining jandals with gumboots enabled New Zealand-born Tongan Andrew Fifita-Lamb to conquer the arduous 160km annual Steelformers Round the Mountain Relay around Mt Taranaki all by himself. KARL-JORDAN SAMUELA reports.
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March 20th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Selio's weight to recovery is over
At 147kg Pulotu Selio Solomon wanted to believe the common myth that Polynesians are ‘meant to be big’. Having lost 60kg he’s discovered a new lease of life and is determined to stay that way and shatter that myth forever. INNES LOGAN reports.
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March 20th 2014
Event
Annual Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival returns
The Annual Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival returns to Footscray Community Arts Centre in Australia this March.
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March 20th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
The fizz on soft drinks
SPASIFIK columnist NICKI MACKINNON is passionate about a high standard of natural health care being accessible and available to everyone. She has a deep interest in traditional, indigenous medicine and naturopathic techniques, as well as evidence based natural medicine. She shares her increasing concern about the high consumption of soft drinks (sometimes called fizzy) by Pacific people.
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March 19th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Plight of Poverty
More than half of all Pacific children in New Zealand are in families experiencing hardship*, with almost a third of those classified as living in poverty. The statistics featured in the first Child Poverty Monitor report released in December 2013 appear alarming.
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March 19th 2014
Pacific Region
88 page Polynesian love poem to be published this month
Niuean artist John Pule is set to release the third edition of his work “The Bond of Time: an epic love poem.”
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March 19th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
What motivates you?
Pacific Peoples Health investigates the background and motivations of Pacific People in the Health Workforce. In this issue we interview Samoan Registered Nurse Maretta Hogson.
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March 18th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Growing Concerns
Elderly Pacific people have traditionally been cared for by family. With the Pacific population living longer, the responsibility and demands on family are increasing. And many are not coping. INNES LOGAN investigates as to when to ask for help.
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March 18th 2014
Pacific Region
Chicken bones tell true story of Pacific migration
Did the Polynesians beat Columbus to South America? Not according to the tale of migration uncovered by analysis of ancient DNA from chicken bones recovered in archaeological digs across the Pacific.
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March 18th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
From All Black to Advocator
Since retiring from rugby in 2006 after a 15-year career playing for the All Blacks, Samoa Barbarians, Auckland and the Blues, Eroni Clarke exchanged the glamour of being a professional sportsman to building Pacific communities.
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March 17th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
The journey towards Pacific familes flourishing in Aotearoa
Dr MONIQUE FALEAFA, Chief Executive of Le Va, states a strengths-based approach embracing Pacific solutions and collective responsibility will lead to establishing and maintaining a greater positive state of mental health among families.
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March 17th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Your Heart
The heart muscle pumps blood around your body. The blood provides your body with oxygen and nutrients which flow through vessels called arteries. If something is wrong with your heart it can affect other parts of your body.
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March 17th 2014
Fundraising dinner for Voyage of Hope
When Captain Jesse Misa left on his first voyage around the Pacific 23-years-ago with not-for-profit organisation Marine Reach, and witnessed a simple 20 minute cataract removal operation, little did he know how much joy he would bring to people in need – and how much he enjoyed helping others.
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March 14th 2014
Entertainment
Top Pacific reggae artist coming to NZ
 J Boog has announced tour dates for New Zealand.
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March 13th 2014
PACIFIC REGION
Work on Palau’s biggest hotel
Radio New Zealand International reports that work on the Palau Pacific Star Resort, which will be the nations biggest hotel facility once completed, is expected to start soon.
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March 12th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
Heartbroken
On November 6, 2013, the Pacific lost one of its true leaders when rugby legend Papaliitele Peter Fataliofa died from a heart attack in Samoa at age 54, becoming one of a growing number of Pacific male leaders who have died before their time. INNES LOGAN reports.
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March 12th 2014
Pacific Region
Maori and Scottish artists to perform during Commonwealth Games
Following their premiere at New Zealand’s WOMAD Festival this month, the Boomerang Project will travel to Scotland to perform during the Commonwealth Games in July.
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March 12th 2014
PACIFIC PEOPLES HEALTH
A Snapshot of Pacific Health
More than two-thirds of New Zealand's Pacific population, nearly quarter of a million people, live in Auckland. How does our state of health compare with the rest of the city's 1.5 million inhabitants? Pacific Peoples Health provides a statistical snapshot revealing the Good, the Bad and the Not So Good.
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March 11th 2014
Pacific Region
Solomon Islands leader visits New Zealand
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has welcomed his Solomon Islands counterpart, Gordon Darcy Lilo, to Wellington.
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March 10th 2014
Sport
Valerie Adams wins indoor gold medal
Valerie Adams has added another gold medal to her shot put stockpile at the world indoor championships in Poland.
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March 7th 2014
Pacific Region
Ancient Polynesians sampled fancy menus 3,000 years ago
Researchers studying 3000-year-old skeletons from the oldest known cemetery in the Pacific Islands have cast new light on the diet and lives of the enigmatic Lapita people - likely ancestors of Polynesians.
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March 6th 2014
Awards
Aspiring politician wins international award for courage
A Fiji feminist and aspiring politician Roshika Deo has received an international award from America's first lady Michelle Obama.
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March 5th 2014
PACIFIC REGION
Tuvalu announces new speaker
Tuvalu has a new speaker after current speaker Sir Kamuta Latasi was outvoted by the Government side.
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March 4th 2014
PAGEANT
Miss World Fiji to turn into international spectacle
The Fiji Times Online reports that Miss World Fiji pageant organisers are partnering with a renowned company that has worked on one of Australia's biggest live music events and with one of the world's biggest pop stars to make the local show a truly international spectacle.
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March 3rd 2014
PACIFIC REGION
Marshall Islands mark 60 year anniversary of nuclear test
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that Marshall Islands president Christopher Loeak has called on the United States to resolve the "unfinished business" of its nuclear testing legacy in the western Pacific nation.
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February 28th 2014
ENTERTAINMENT
Pacific music legend Daniel Rae Costello returns to New Zealand
One of the Pacific’s most well-known musical sons has touched down in New Zealand for a short tour that is expected to be a sell-out.
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February 27th 2014
AWARDS
New Zealander of the Year awards announced
Dr Lance O’Sullivan (who is of Maori descent) of Kaitaia has been named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2014 at the New Zealander of the Year Awards held in Auckland. The Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, presented Dr O’Sullivan with the award.
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February 26th 2014
HEALTH
No more sugary drinks!
Picture how much healthier our nation’s people could be if there were no soft drinks and no sweetened beverages to impinge on their well-being.
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February 24th 2014
Pacific Region
Pacific atoll's rebirth following devastating typhoon
New research has shown the remarkable rebirth of a Pacific atoll devastated by a typhoon over a century ago.
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February 21st 2014
HISTORY
Sydney photo exhibition captures historic early photographs of Pacific
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that an exhibition featuring some of the first photos of the Pacific during the early colonial period will go on display at the University of Sydney's Macleay Museum next month.
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February 20th 2014
ENTERTAINMENT
Robert Rakete joins The Wiggles
Stuff reports that radio personality Robbie Rakete (a former SPASIFIK Contributor) will become the "Brown Wiggle" in the popular children's group, The Wiggles. He is the first New Zealander to be involved with the group.
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February 19th 2014
FESTIVAL
Wellington welcomes the world for the New Zealand Festival
Aotearoa’s distinctive qualities which set us aside from other lands will be celebrated at the New Zealand Festival, staged in Wellington from February 21 until March 16.
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February 19th 2014
MUSIC
Maori instruments gain international acclaim
Horomona Horo is an extraordinary taonga puoro musician and composer. Performing at the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix alongside Rihanna, Tom Jones, Justin Bieber and Bob Geldof, was just one of the highlights of an extraordinary year for the artist.
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February 18th 2014
ART EXHIBITION
New exhibition to showcase Indigenous Australian Art
New exhibition to showcase Indigenous Australian art with connectivities to Maori and Pacific pattern, materials and theme.
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February 17th 2013
ENTERTAINMENT
The GC returns to television screens
When the first season of The GC was launched, the style of the show came as a surprise to many - including the young Kiwis who were laying their lives out for all to see on TV.
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February 14th 2014
NIUTUBE
Celebrating Valentines Day
The team here at SPASIFIKmag love surfing YouTube! Here are our top video picks of the week for your viewing and time-wasting pleasure.
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February 14th 2014
AWARDS
Pacific athletes honoured at the Halberg Awards
The Westpac Halberg Awards officially began in 1963 after Murray Halberg resurrected the 'New Zealand Sportsman of the Year' dinner to honour sporting excellence, and raise vital funds for his newly established Trust to benefit disabled children.
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February 14th 2013
ENTERTAINMENT
Samoan trio sign UK record deal
A trio of young Samoan opera singers who toppled Lorde from the top of the album sales podium last year have signed a record deal in the UK.
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February 12th 2014
History
British documents hint a South Pacific 'secrets'
A recently discovered secret cache of British Foreign Office documents appears to include a lot of information about New Zealand and parts of the South Pacific.
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February 11th 2014
Concert
The Polynesian Operatic Voice
The Operatunity Daytime Concerts present Three Tenors and a Soprano in the latest national tour for March and April.
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February 10th 2014
News
Air NZ's video in the Cook Islands sparks controversy
Air New Zealand is at the centre of a sexism row after releasing a preview of a new flight safety video filmed in the Cook Islands.
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February 7th 2014
Winter Olympics
Tongan team ready for 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Tonga's team, supporting its first winter Olympian Luger Bruno Banani, will march at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.
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February 5th 2014
Awards
Mea'ai Samoa cookbook vies for international award
Samoa’s newest cookbook by SPASIFIK Food Columnist Robert Oliver, Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes from the heart of Polynesia, is a finalist for a prestigious international cookbook award.
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February 4th 2014
Pacific Region
Pope recieves Samoan Head of State
Pope Francis received in audience the Samoan Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi. During their encounter, the two men focused on social and economic aspects of Samoa.
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Febuary 3rd 2014
SUPER BOWL
Sione Fua lands in Super Bowl
Sione Fua (who is of Tongan descent) felt “lost” when the Carolina Panthers switched him from defensive tackle to offensive guard in early November. Now he’s in the Super Bowl as a reserve defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos.
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January 31st 2014
Pacific Region
Niue releases silver heart coin for Valentine's Day
The Government of Niue has launched silver coins which derives their inspiration from Valentine’s Day.
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January 30th 2014
Sport
Jonah Lomu official ambassador for Wellington Sevens
Jonah Lomu has been announced as an official ambassador for the Wellington Sevens.
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January 29th 2014
Entertainment
Savage’s ‘SWING’ hits 100,000 sales in Australia
Savage’s iconic smash hit ‘Swing’ has been given another lease on life from an unlikely source. It has hit 100,000 sales across the ditch and is #1 on the ARIA Dance and Pop charts.
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January 28th 2014
Architecture
Venice to get a taste of Pacific architecture
New Zealand’s Pacific-style architecture and tradition of light timber buildings will be showcased at the Venice Architecture Biennale this year.
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January 24th 2014
History
Tongan Royal kumete "Tuku’aho" to be sold in Europe
Five significant Tongan patrimonial artifacts are expected to fetch around Euro 19,000 ($50,000 pa’anga) when they are auctioned in Brussels for a private owner.
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January 22nd 2014
SPASIFIK News
Star Spangled SPASIFIK
SPASIFIK Sales Executive Patrick Foster and his wife Deniese celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in late 2013 with a holiday in the United States of America. The pair grabbed a few photos with their favourite magazine (especially as Patrick is now working here).
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January 22nd 2014
POLITICS
MP privileged to be the first National Minister of Pacific heritage
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced the appointment of Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (who is of Samoan descent) as a Minister outside of cabinet. Mr Lotu-Iiga will take up the roles of Minister of Pacific Island Affairs and Associate Minister of Local Government.
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January 21st 2014
Awards
Maori GP named among New Zealander of the Year finalists
Dr Lance O’Sullivan (who is of Maori descent) has stopped at nothing to improve access to basic healthcare in the Kaitaia community. He has been named a finalist for Kiwibank’s New Zealander of the Year.
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January 20th 2014
SPORT
Haloti Ngata among the world’s highest paid athletes
Forbes has released its list of the world’s highest paid athletes. Tongan NFL player Haloti Ngata ranked 12th on the list. He earned #37.1 million in salary and bonuses- more than any other athlete playing a team sport.
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January 17th 2014
POLITICS
Former NFL player to head American Samoa Youth and Women’s Affairs
Radio New Zealand International reports that a former National Football League player, Jonathan Fanene, has been named to head the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs in American Samoa.
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January 16th 2014
PACIFIC REGION
Maori cultural centre proposed in Australia
There is a push to establish a new cultural centre based in Newcastle, Australia for the Maori people that live in the area. The Nga Hau E Wha Newcastle Maori Club is behind the idea, and they want to support and uphold the traditions among the Maori people.
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January 15th 2014
PACIFIC REGION
Niuean coin released in new endangered species series
The Government of Niue has launched the first coin in a new 10-coin series which focuses on the animal kingdom’s most endangered species on each continent, with the first coin featuring one of South America’s rarest parrots – the Hyacinth Macaw.
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January 15th 2013
PACIFIC REGION
Powerful cyclone rips through Tonga
Authorities are searching through the remote islands in Tonga for Cyclone Ian victims, after the most powerful storm to hit Tonga in decades tore through the South Pacific, flattening homes and leaving at least one person dead.
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January 13 2013
ISSUE 59 EXCLUSIVE
How to make Traditional Kahoa (Necklaces)

Featured in Issue 59 of SPASIFIK, Niuean Mama Helena Winch shares her inspiration on why she makes her colourful Kahoa creations that are seen throughout the walls of her South Auckland Home.
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December 23rd 2013
ISSUE 59 EXCLUSIVE
Home Truths

They say the grass is always greener on the other side but as many Kiwis have learned in recent years, crossing the ditch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. While in the past Australia has provided bountiful opportunities for thousands of ex-pat New Zealanders, the tough economy following the global financial crisis has certainly made its mark with increased hiring freezes and redundancies. The full extent of Australia’s social security reforms of 2001 have become increasingly evident exposing many Kiwis’ to a harsh reality. KENNEDEE JEFFS unveils an inconvenient truth.
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December 23rd 2013
PACIFIC REGION
Pacific People's Health Issue 1 Preview
Check out a preview for Pacific People's Health, A FREE publication reaching Pacific people and New Zealand's only publication dedicated solely to Pacific People's Health.
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December 20th 2013
ENTERTAINMENT
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson 2013’s top-grossing actor
The four movies the 42-year-old star appeared in this year - 'Fast & Furious 6', 'G. I Joe: Retaliation, 'Pain & Gain, and 'Snitch' - banked a collective $1.3 billion at the global box office, putting him just ahead of second-placed Robert Downey Jr., who only released one movie in 2013, the highest-grossing production 'Iron Man 3', which took $1.2 billion.
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December 19th 2013
FILM
NZ Film Archive presents Siapo Cinema
This summer, the Siapo Cinema festival will be celebrating Pasifika moving images. T he festival has been organised in association with Wellington City Council's Summer City, Positively Pasifika 2014, the New Zealand Film Commission and Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust.
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December 18th 2013
MUSIC
Tiki Taane to release new album
After months of preparation, Tiki Taane, his whānau and friends came together in Old St Paul's Church in Wellington to record and film the live album 'With Strings Attached (Alive & Orchestrated)' which will be officially released January 31.
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December 17th 2013
ENTERTAINMENT
Disney announces Polynesian Princess Moana
Stuff reports that Polynesians are getting the Disney cartoon treatment in a kind of Kupe meets Snow White in the South Seas animation.
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December 16th 2013
PACIFIC REGION
Tuvaluan lifters bring Gold
Six Tuvaluan power lifters competed in the 2013 Commonwealth - Oceania Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship held in Auckland, New Zealand.
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December 13th 2013
TOUR
Sol3 Mio head on national tour
Sol3 Mio (who are featured in the upcoming issue of SPASIFIK) are taking their powerful operatic voices and irrepressible Samoan humour on the road next year.
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December 12th 2013
FILM
Shopping wins big at NZ Film Awards
Shopping (featured in ISSUE 56 of SPASIFIK) was the big winner at the 2013 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards, taking out the esteemed awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
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December 11th 2013
AWARDS
2013 Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards announced
Seven outstanding young Pacific people have been honoured at the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards held in Parliament says Ministry Chief Executive Pauline Winter.
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December 10th 2013
POLITICS
Maori Party wants David Tua to stand
New Zealand Herald reports that the Maori Party is seeking talks with retired boxer David Tua to discuss the possibility of his standing for the party at the next election.
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December 9th 2013
TRIBUTE
Nelson Mandela's significant influence in the Pacific
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been described as a contemporary icon who inspired Pacific people.
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December 6th 2013
PACIFIC REGION
Tonga celebrates King George Tupou 1st accession the throne in 1845
Tonga celebrated the accession of King George Tupou 1st to the throne in 1845. King George Tupou 1st is the 19th monarch from the Kanokupolu Clan.
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December 5th 2013
PACIFIC REGION
Researchers in Hawaii find lost Japanese WWII mega-sub
Researchers in Hawaii have found a mammoth World War II-era Japanese submarine scuttled by the U.S. Navy in 1946 to keep its advanced technology out of the hands of the Soviet Union.
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December 4th 2013
PACIFIC REGION
McCully visits French Polynesia
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister McCully is visiting French Polynesia. "This visit is a chance to further strengthen New Zealand’s relationship with a Pacific neighbour and an important trading partner," McCully says.
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December 2nd 2013
POLITICS
Poto Williams becomes first female Cook Island MP to win seat in Parliament
The Labour Party's Poto Williams has won the Christchurch East by-election, with 8119 votes out of a total of 13,318. This has made her the first female Cook Island MP to win a seat in New Zealand Government.
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December 2nd 2013
ENTERTAINMENT
Moko gives actor 'missing ingredient'
New Zealand Herald reports that Sir Ben Kingsley has talked about sporting a full facial moko in the sci-fi movie Ender's Game, saying it gave his character a missing ingredient.
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