Mate Ma’a Tonga: For Family, God and Country

Tonight, a love for country, God, and unbridled family love for Mate Ma’a Tonga will come together at Mount Smart Stadium.  That’s what you’re seeing around Auckland with the flags and sea of red. A deep and abiding love for country, God and family, expressed through the support for Mate Ma’a Tonga. The intensity on […]

Climate: The Implications of the IPCC Report For Islands

We are now at the precipice of a major global catastrophe that has already begun, writes Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, an Expert Reviewer for the InterGovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere (SROCC).   Over the past few days, I’ve been ruminating on the release of the InterGovernmental Panel on […]

Expecting a Baby, Duchess of Sussex, Meghan and Prince Harry

Photo: Windsor Castle, 19th May 2018 – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day outside St George’s Chapel. It’s official. Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are pregnant! The official announcement from Kensington Palace: Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce […]

Living The Language: NZ Fijian Language Week

Hashtag #BulaBelongstoFiji New Zealand marks its sixth year holding the Fijian Language Week which runs from Sunday 7 October to Saturday 13 October. Living the language is the theme of this year’s language week.  The theme Noqu Vosa Me’u Bula Taka means My language, Learn it, Speak it, Live it and focuses on immersing yourself in the language. New […]

New Appointments to Pacific Education Foundation Board

From left to right, the new Board appointments are: George Gavet (Auckland), Dr Palatasa Havea (Palmerston North), Dr Litea Meo-Sewabu (Palmerston North), Aiono Matthew Aileone (Wellington) and Bradley Watson (Dunedin). New Zealand’s Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio have announced five appointments to the Board of the […]

NZ Govt To Collect Ethnicity Data on State Sector Appointments

It may surprise many to know that ethnicity isn’t necessarily tracked for a good number of public facing activities in New Zealand, outside of the data collected in the Census. Government appointments to state sector boards and committees is one such example. The Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa has today announced that Cabinet has […]

NZ Broadcasting Minister Resigns; Kris Faafoi Takes Over Portfolio

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted Clare Curran’s resignation as a Minister. “Clare Curran contacted me last night to confirm her wish to resign as a Minister and I accepted that resignation,” said Jacinda Ardern. “Clare has come to the view the issues currently surrounding her are causing an unacceptable distraction for the Government […]

NZ Govt to Work with Japan & SPREP to Support Pacific Climate Change Centre

  The New Zealand Government has committed to work together with Japan to support the regional success of the Pacific Climate Change Centre, said New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters, speaking at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru today. “New Zealand is committed to supporting climate change action across the Pacific and we see the […]

Pressure “Walking in Multiple Worlds” for Pacific Students, Education System Needs to Reflect Identity

Christchurch, New Zealand, 17 July 2018 – A great turn out and some really thought-provoking discussions at the Education Conversation Pacific fono in Christchurch, hosted by Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa. Photo credit: Ministry of Education. Pacific people want to be valued and see more of their culture and identity reflected in New Zealand’s education system, […]

Listen: Samoa PM Delivers Blunt Message to Anti-Climate Change Leaders

Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi delivered a blunt message to Australia’s coalition MPs who did not support Australia’s commitment to the UN Paris Agreement to combat climate change in the Pacific region. Australian media have reported on remarks directed to leaders who denied the reality of climate change saying they were utterly stupid and […]

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