Sports

Jai Opetaia - IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World

"He's been a great fighter for a long time, but I'm the new generation of greatness coming through" - Jai Opetaia with a prophetic statement in a pre-fight interview leading up to the fight against Mairis Briedis.

On the 2nd of July 2022, the Samoan boxer went on to win a stunning upset victory over Latvian Mairis Briedis on the Gold Coast claiming both the IBF and Ring magazine cruiserweight titles.

Check out the championship round highlights of the fight below - 


Entertainment

Fast & Furious 10: Jason Momoa's Personal 1961 Land Rover Tour!

#ICYMI Jason Momoa has joined the Fast and Furious cast and has confirmed he'll be playing a villain.

While talking to Entertainment Tonight about his upcoming projects, Momoa confirmed his role on Fast 10, stating, “It's fun, I get to play the bad guy, which I haven't gotten to do for a while. Now, I get to be the bad boy. A very flamboyant bad boy. A little panache!"

In the video above he shows Tyrese Gibson through his own cars and takes him for a ride.

The Fast Family Youtube page has shared a few of the behind the scenes moments with some of the cast and cars - check them out here 


Sports

Volkanovski vs Holloway 3 - Evolve or Get Left Behind | UFC 276 Fight Preview

Preview the much anticipated featherweight trilogy title fight between reigning UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champ Max Holloway (Hawaiian/Samoan).


Sports

Coco Sports Talk - On the Run with MMT ft Christian Tu'ipulotu, Jason Taumalolo & more

Coco Sports Talk with Penina and Ashley - covering all things sports from a Pasifika female lens!

** This episode was filmed entirely on our iPhone. Apologies if sound quality is not the greatest **

#CocoSportsTalk looks at the many stories of Pasifika people involved in sports of all kinds, and the trials and tribulations of the talented athletes from all sectors of our community. This episode we go on the run with MMT ... literally!

We talk to MMT Assistant Manager Tavake Fangupo, Tongan Rugby League Womens assistant coach Feleti Mateo + a couple of the kiwis and others at the Community Fan Day.

We catch up with young rising star Christian Tu'iupulotu about his NRL journey and receiving the call up for Tonga plus see how his family reacts after his debut. And lastly ... we ask Jason Taumalolo how he feels after leading the revolution for Tonga & now seeing the next generation of players coming through.…more


Sports

Countdown is on: 100 days until Women's Rugby World Cup Aotearoa

by Mariner Fagaiava-Muller

The first Women's Rugby World Cup to be held in the Southern Hemisphere will be hosted by New Zealand, when kick-off begins on October 8 ... 100 days away

11 teams will play across 10 match days alongside reigning host team New Zealand: Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Italy, Japan, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales.

South Africa will square off against France in the first game of the series at Auckland's Eden Park, while matches in days thereafter will be held at Waitākere Stadium and Northland Events Centre in Whangārei.

Eden Park is believed to be the first venue where a men's and women's cup final has been held.

Organisers are pinning their hopes on an international audience when the country's border fully reopens at the end of July.

"What better way to mark the occasion than with tickets to the showpiece event going on general sale," World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said.…more


Sports

Bundee Aki - What it takes

Irish Rugby International Bundee Aki (Samoan) shares the training elements for him that leads to success in his sport.


Humans of the Islands

WOMEN OF THE ISLANDS - PŌHAIKEALOHA P

Pōhaikealoha P

Media Producer / Indigenous Story teller 

Hawaiian

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Tell us about yourself. What places do you call home and how do you like to be introduced to the world?

Aloha! My name is Pōhai and I am Kanaka Maoli. My ohana hails from Hawaiʻi on the island of Oʻahu. Kaʻala is our mountain range and Mākaha is our home, where I currently live and create out of.

First and foremost, I consider myself a storyteller or haʻi moʻolelo. Fittingly, the story of my name is linked to my sense of self so I love when it’s the first one I get to tell. The mo’olelo, or story of my name, is derived from both definition and introspection as pō is the night sky and Pōhaikealoha is the circular nature of love, how it surrounds and gathers, how it comes back around to the start. The stories I find myself drawn to tell often have themes of space, the stars, and of course, love.…more


Pacific Blog

Jemaima Tiatia appointed top Pacific job at Auckland University

by Mariner Fagaiava-Muller

Last week, Associate Professor Tiatia was formally welcomed into the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific with a Cook Islands turou and Fijian yaqona ceremony.

It was opened by the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori with a mihi whakatau and then a lotu by Dr Therese Lautua.

The following yaqona was led by Fijian community member Malcolm Andrews with student leaders from across Pacific nations taking part.

Tiatia (Taga, Salelologa, Fusi Safata, Siumu, Vaimoso) acted in the role before her apppointment, whilst also co-head of The University of Auckland's School of Māori and Pacific Studies.

Her academic background lies in Pacific health and mental wellbeing.

Her Masters degree looked at why young Pacific peoples were leaving traditional churches; leading her to write the book Caught between Cultures.

Tiatia's PhD examined suicide and mental health and wellbeing in the Samoan community. 

She serves on the board of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission - having previously been on the Suicide Bereavement Service Advisory Group, National Depression Initiative Advisory Group, and Suicide Mortality Review Committee.…more


Whats New?

NZ's first Tokelauan MP Kris Faafoi farewells Parliament

by Mariner Fagaiava-Muller

Delivering an emotional valedictory speech on Thursday, he thanked mentors, parliamentary colleagues and his kāiga.

Kris Faafoi also poked fun at fellow Pasifika in the Labour Party caucus.

“To my Pacific caucus colleagues, fakafetai lahi lele,” he said.

“Our Pacific caucus shows the connection that Labour has to our Pacific community.”

“I'm not sure when we'll get another Tokelauan, but we will, and I'm sure Anahila [Kanongata’a-Suisuiki] will be there to take a selfie.”

In 2010, Faafoi took over the reins of the Mana electorate from Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban.

He thanked the “amazing and talented” current MP for Mana, Barbara Edmonds.

“[She] has a long future in that seat, and I am sure she will make a massive contribution to the country during her tenure,” he said.

The highlight of his ministerial career was accompanying Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on a visit to Tokelau, he said.…more


Whats New?

Makali’i: The Pacific connection to Matariki

by Mariner Fagaiava-Muller

Māori herald their New Year with the rising of the Matariki star cluster, but it’s used too by Pacific Islanders to track time and seasons.

In Hawai’i, the Pleiades star cluster is called Makali’i. It appears at sunset, as opposed to sunrise as Aotearoa sees it.

Whereas Matariki is observed in Aotearoa during June/July, Makali'i in Hawai'i comes about during the latter end of the year around October.

Kamehameha Schools tells the traditional mo’olelo (story) about how the name came to be.

“It begins with the evil deeds of an aliʻi of Kona on the island of Hawaiʻi. He greedily decides to hoard everyone’s food into one enormous carrying net and travels with it to the highest stratum of the heavens, where he hangs it up.”

“Meanwhile, the ravenous people hastily gather to plan a way to get their food back. A little mouse bravely consents to take on the arduous task. He successfully gnaws on the net until the food drops to the earth.…more