Pacific Blog

Local Hero of the Year Dave Letele needs 3,500 people for a good cause!

Dave Letele aka Brown Buttabean aka the 'New Zealand Local Hero of the Year' is teaming up with PERSOLKELLY recruitment to help drive the 3,500 'boots on the ground' needed for the 2023 Census.  

Thousands of workers are needed to help deliver the 2023 census and Dave is putting the call out to people of all ages, stages, backgrounds and ethnicities to get involved and help ensure everyone taks part, is counted and represented in the data collected.  It's particularly important our Maori and Pasifika communities are accounted for.

As someone who sees the power of community in action daily at his BBM Motivation programme, Dave Letele was compelled to get involved, encouraging New Zealanders to do their bit and apply to be a census collector.

“If we want change in our communities we first have to be seen and heard – and helping deliver the census is a great way to make sure your friends, whānau and neighbours are all counted,” says Dave.…more


Humans of the Islands

HUMANS OF THE ISLANDS - JAROM SU'A

Jarom Su'a

Producer/Songwriter 

Samoan/Argentinian/Mexican 

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My name is Jarom Su’a. I’m a 16-year-old producer/songwriter and artist based out of Florida/LA. I was born in Utah but later moved to Florida when I was very young. I’m a mix of Samoan and Argentinian/Mexican.

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What were the pathways that led you to doing music and ultimately making beats and the producer side of things?

I remember being little and always loved music - I was 11 years old when I was in the car, and I heard “Are You That Somebody” by Aaliyah & Timbaland; I just wanted to know how people make the beats of these songs I hear on the radio—I was hooked! I remember going home and practicing; I bought Timbaland’s online Masterclass. If you listen to my music, you can hear the Timbaland influence, and I think it’s what shaped the way I make music forever but while still staying true to my own sound.…more


Coco News

COP27: Money, Lobbyists and The Pacific Presence

COP27 in Egypt ended with one big win and many other disappointments.

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference more commonly referred to as COP27, was the 27th UN Climate conference, held from 6 November until 20 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It gathered world leaders, national negotiators and civil society to discuss the state of our planet and plans to tackle the climate crisis.

The Pacific showed up strong to this year's COP27 with one of the priorities on the agenda being the establishment of a Loss & Damage fund. This has been something the region has been fighting for three decades for. 

One of the major wins this year was COP27 reaching an agreement on an outcome that established a funding mechanism to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and damage’ from climate-induced disasters.…more


Sports

Moana Pasifika - Historic first signing

By Thomas Airey 

Miracle Fai’ilagi will never forget the date September 19th, the night a phone call changed his life.

“It was so unreal,” the 23-year-old Samoan loose forward from Vailele and Uafato said.

“The Moana Pasifika coach giving me a call, giving me the news that I made the team. I was just so out of words.”

Coach Aaron Mauger had attended the World Rugby Pacific Combine earlier that month, where he said Fai’ilagi was a clear standout.

Speaking from home in Vailele with the family he was nervous to leave behind, Fai’ilagi said signing his two-year contract with Moana was huge:

“Us local players, we hardly get those opportunities.

“This is a blessing for me, and also my family.”

He hopes to follow in the footsteps of uncle Joe Tekori, who retired in June after 37 caps for Manu Samoa and 15 years at the pinnacle of club rugby in France.

“He was one of the people that I looked up to, not only playing but I’ve seen him helping with our family financially,” Fai’ilagi said.…more


Pacific Blog

Olaga a le Aiga Faigafaiva - Life of a Fisher Family in Manono Tai, Samoa

The life of Manono Island, is the sea!

In Samoa, artisanal fishers are a link to our cultural history and traditions. They face many challenges to their way of living especially due to climate change, overfishing and ocean pollution not to mention it is a risky job.

Depending on the ocean to make a living is not easy. Take a look into the world of small scale fisheries through the eyes of the Leiataua family from Manono-Tai.

Get an insight into a day in the life of this Fisher family, the challenges they overcome and risks they face to generate income while also providing food for their families and community.

Small scale Fisheries and Aquaculture are crucial to people's nutrition, food security, sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing.

This year is the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture #IYAFA2022 which aims to focus world attention on the role that small scale fishers, fish farmers and workers play in human wellbeing, food security and nutrition.…more


Sports

Samoa vs Australia Rugby League World Cup Highlights

Highlights from Toa Samoa vs Australia Kangaroos historic grand final at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Final score was Samoa 10 - Australia 30 but despite the loss, the Toa Samoa team made impressive stats across the Rugby League World Cup tournament as per Daily Sports News: 

* Toa Samoa had the most young players of the tournament under 25 years of age.

* They had the most injuries/players ruled out of the tournament (8)

* They defeated both Tonga in the Quarter Finals and England in the Semi Finals and were thought of as the "Underdogs" going into both games

* The semi final against England was voted 'Best match of the tournament' by fans 

* They were the first Pacifc/Tier 2/6th new nation to appear in the Rugby League World Cup Final 

* They were the most watched team of the tournament (1.1 million views across all games).…more


Sports

The dream is over. Long live the dream.

By Samoan sports reporter Loveni Shane Enari

The dream is over. Long live the dream.

From Long Beach to Lalomanu, from Safua to San Francisco, from Manono to Mangere, the dream is over for thousands of Samoans all over the world but hey, what a trip it’s been.

The end result, 30-10, was insignificant, as we were left with a bitter sweet smile, grateful for the brief but intense, uniting sensation, but resigned to the fact that, 9 times out of 10, Goliath kicks David’s ass.

It just wasn’t to be but if ever the old favourite,

‘Ua fa’afetai, ua fa’afetai, ua malie mata e va’ai.

Ua tasi lava oe, ua tası lava oe,

I lo’u nei fa’amoemoe …’

… needed to be sung, it was last night in Manchester.

These players, thrown together just over a month ago, which hadn’t played together in three years, yes, three years, almost did it.

This, despite all the injuries suffered, despite the terrible opening to the tournament and despite the lack of resources versus the Goliath of rugby league.…more


Events

Mangere Town Centre celebrations post Rugby League World Cup grand final

Toa Samoa fans and supporters at Mangere Town Centre in South Auckland celebrating their teams historic campaign at the Rugby League World Cup even after a loss.

Celebrations continued after the grand final for these sons of Samoa whose impact on this Rugby League World Cup and the game itself is undeniable.

It’s just the beginning … 🇼🇸🇼🇸🇼🇸

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Events

Toa Samoa RLWC Grand Final Jersey Presentation

The final Rugby League World Cup jersey presentation for the Toa Samoa boys ahead of the Grand Final at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday 20th November (NZT).

Samoan Prime Minister Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa and Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio were in attendance and the Honourable Fiame opened up the formalities with a speech before the boys were presented with their jerseys.  "SAMOA IS NOT A COUNTRY. SAMOA IS AIGA" she shared.

Great to see family members were able to make the trip up to support the boys for the historic occasion.


Sports

Australia VS Samoa: Rugby League World Cup Final Preview

By Thomas Law 

Every World Cup throws up unexpected plots and new heroes to lionise. After a 60-6 drubbing by hosts England in the opening match, very few people would have foreseen such accolades coming the way of Samoa, nor its centre partnership of Stephen Crichton and Tim Lafai. But having been humbled 60-6 by hosts England in the opening match of the tournament, Toa Samoa are on the precipice of glory.

The Samoan side that triumphed 27-26 last weekend bared no resemblance to that which lined up in Newcastle four weeks prior, and whilst pundits were left ruminating the adage of whether Samoa was particularly strong or England weaker than usual, Samoa can take inspiration from their upward trajectory. Their fans – from Apia to Auckland, Mangere to Manchester via California, Sydney and Queensland – will hope that this ever-improving side can make that final step to rugby league immortality.

In their way stand the formidable Australia, 11-times champions and overwhelming favourites.…more