Pasifika

Opinion: Our inner-city Auckland was a slice of Polynesia

"Samoan writer Albert Wendt once said “our people wake the city”."

Still Here: Celebrating the Pasifika families of Central Auckland

Meet the people behind the project, and take a look at some the photos from the launch night.

‘You gotta go twice as hard’: City Boys on being brown in Grey Lynn | Still Here

Watch the first episode of our new docu-series, Still Here.

The Queen of Herne Bay: Why my Tongan family are still here | Still Here

“I like that our house looks exactly the same. It’s like a silent protest.”

Make Ponsonby Brown Again: a Sāmoan family resisting gentrification | Still Here

“We don’t care if you offered us a billion dollars. That means nothing to us."

Tatau: The women keeping Sāmoan tattoo alive in Grey Lynn | Still Here

Watch the fourth episode of our new docuseries, Still Here.

Sāmoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa to visit NZ

This visit marks 60 years since the Treaty of Friendship between Aotearoa and Samoa was signed. 

How to compliment someone's outfit in Sāmoan, reconnecting with roots

"The survival of the language and culture is in our day-to-day living."

‘Tonga still needs our help’: NZ artists band together in online concert fundraiser, Project Ofa

Local artists will be performing in the online fundraiser on Friday March 18 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Turns out Tonga’s internet outage can be fixed by Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites

An update on the island's ongoing efforts to restore stable communications.

Pacific community receives funds to help with Covid-19 booster and child vaccination uptake

The boost is to support the Prepare Pacific Community Vaccination Fund in wake of Omicron.

An original Polynesian Panther meets a young Pacific advocate I Dawn Raids' Apology

“Growing up did you feel safe in New Zealand? Not really, not really.”

Health care structures entrenching poor outcomes for Pasifika must change, new report finds

The Bula Sautu report, released this week, looked at the persistent inequities in Pasifika health.

“Dreams come with a price tag”: South Auckland students on picking a career path

Which young people in Aotearoa have the freedom to pursue careers in the arts?

Toxic masculinity makes it difficult for Pacific men to be vulnerable

“Tough like an armour truck, the only medicine I know, harden up!”

Back at Polyfest after two years

"Coming here now, we see everybody out here, celebrating, in different costumes and designs"

As Pacific artists, our very existence is activism | Disruptors 7

Performance artist Moe Laga and comedian James Nokise are two Pasifika artists who share similar cultural backgrounds but make work that is on absolutely opposite scales…

My Samoan mum taught me how to make something out of nothing | Conversations With My Immigrant…

Alby's mum Lina moved from Samoa to Wellington when she was 20 years old. All she wanted was to help give her son an education -…

In photos: living with a mother with dementia

Tāmaki Makaurau-based photographer Todd Henry captured these photos of his mother-in-law, Nisi, who lives with dementia. The images show love, care and all the little details…

Filipe Manu is bringing Tongan music to the London opera

Filipe Manu never imagined he’d be an opera singer, let alone performing for the Royal Opera House in London at just 27 years old, but that’s…

How Josiah Tulamali’i went from abandoning to uplifting Pasifika people | The Outliers

“I’d wish I wasn’t Samoan. I looked at the stats and the stories that people told about us and I couldn’t see anything worth trying to…

How the Polynesian Panthers’ legacy is alive today

Nearly 50 years since the Polynesian Panthers formed, their legacy lives on through young activists.

Pasifika teens sacrificing education for survival is not new

Choosing between school and work to support your family is common for Pasifika children.

Kava groups are continuing online during lockdown

Kava groups have long depended on face-to-face connection. Now they're uncovering new possibilities.

Michel Mulipola is the 'Bloody Samoan' comic book artist

Michel Mulipola is the 'Bloody Samoan'. It's a derogatory term he heard a lot growing up, but he's now reappropriated it as a moniker in his…

Tuvalu as Tuvaluans want you to see it

From above, Fongafale—Tuvalu’s largest island—snakes across the Pacific, a surprise sight in a great expanse of blue. It measures 12km long and at its narrowest point…

How NZ caused a deadly pacific pandemic

84 years after influenza killed 22% of Samoa's population, New Zealand apologised for not doing more to protect Samoan citizens. So what actually happened in 1918?