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Making it Safe to Speak about Sexual Abuse - Doris Tulifau

Doris explains how cultural norms in Samoa make it more important to create safe spaces for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Doris Tulifau is a survivor, educator, activist and organizer ensuring that there are safe spaces for our future generations to talk about trauma before they deal with it as adults. She founded the Brown Girl Woke feminist group that promotes young women and men to empower them on taboo issues happening in the Samoan community especially on domestic violence and sexual abuse.

While in college, she was invited to speak about the Pacific Island culture at a women’s shelter in California. The organization had a high number of Pacific Island women needing help in developing culture appropriate responses to domestic violence. As a survivor, she took it upon herself to research the issue specifically among Pacific Island women to no avail.

This led her to sharing her experience for the first time ever and embarking on a journey to finding the answer.…more


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ARDIE SAVEA PODCAST - NGANI LAUMAPE

All Black star Ardie Savea brings Ngani Laumape on to the podcast for a chat.

He talks about what he's been up to over the summer break, his footy career from rugby union to league and back to playing union plus Ngani's mindset when he found out he missed out on the World Cup squad and more.


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Cutting for Samoa and the Bushfires

A couple of weeks ago in Logan, Brisbane a number of Polynesian Barbers and a hair braider came together as a community to raise money for both the families of those who have been affected by the measles outbreak in Samoa as well as those affected by the bushfires in Australia.

Along with the barbers, a team of volunteers turned up to give free vaccinations, DJ Noize and DJ KWoodz provided music and enterntainment, there was BBQ and cupcakes as well as hair product and mirrors donated for use on the day.

A brand new smart TV was raffled and local MPs Jim Chalmers and Cameron Dick came down to give their support to the cause.

Parker Films captured the highlights in the video above.


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DWAYNE THE ROCK JOHNSON'S FATHER ROCKY JOHNSON PASSES AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75

Legendary Canadian wrestler, WWE Hall of Famer and Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson's father, 'Soulman' Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), has sadly passed away at the age of 75. 

Johnson’s sports-entertainment career began in the mid-1960s when he made a memorable impression in the National Wrestling Alliance. However, Johnson found his highest levels of success when he began his WWE tenure in 1983.

Alongside Tony Atlas, Johnson made history as one half of the first ever black WWF tag team champions when they defeated the Wild Samoans in 1983.  The wrestler had several memorable rivalries with competitors like Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Adrian Adonis and Don Muraco.

He would eventually go on to retire from the ring in 1991 and had a hand in training his son Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.  The Rock would become one of the biggest stars in the history of sports-entertainment and carried on his fathers legacy with pride.…more


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Samoa measles crisis: Helping Hands volunteers feeding families

via RNZ Pacific 

The death toll from Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 79, as a State of Emergency is extended in the country.

As medical staff continue to work around the clock, and the country welcomes international aid, there is a host of people preparing meals and care packs for those affected.

"The hospitals, they give the patients three meals a day, but we also wanted to help the families as well because you know there's a mum and a dad - the hospital can only feed so many," Eka Arp told Checkpoint's Alex Perrottet and Logan Church.

She and her volunteers have been hard at work preparing meals for families of those hospitalised with measles.

Her cousin Apu's home in Apia has been converted into an industrial kitchen to cater for all the need.

"Because we've gotten so many donations and we don't want anything to go off, we get teams of volunteers to come in and chop and pack, so we can freeze all the vegetables we have," Ms Arp said.…more


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Tribute to Va’asilifiti Moelagi Jackson

Va’asilifiti Moelagi Jackson - pioneer, leader, humanitarian dubbed the #QueenOfSavaii


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NORWAY's EMT HAPPY TO SPEND XMAS & NEW YEAR IN SAMOA

The Norwegians Emergency Medical Team is spending their Christmas and New Years away from loved ones.

Even though they're away from home, the team would have loved to stay on for at least a month longer, says Team Leader Anne Marie Bruu. “We remain in high spirits because we believe in our cause and we want to help Samoa.”

"Spending the holidays in Samoa is also the Norwegian EMT’s way of showing our appreciation to our local hosts who have welcomed us despite the crisis,” she added “We feel right at home,” says the Logistic specialist.…more


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Law Society President and Criminal Lawyer Tiana Epati has been named New Zealand Lawyer of the Year.

Ms Epati, 43, who ascended to the presidency of the Law Society in April this year, was named by legal news website LawFuel as the Lawyer of the Year for the impact her elevation has had on the profession.

Gisborne-based criminal lawyer Ms Epati  is the first Pasifika president of the Society, reflecting both the changing nature and face of the profession and the ‘fresh voice’ that lawyers other than mainstream  legal figures bring, said LawFuel publisher John Bowie.

The award, sponsored by Staedtler pens, is provided to the lawyer who has had the greatest impact upon the profession in the year.

In an exclusive interview with LawFuel, Ms Epati said the Law Society had made an error in ensuring that Maori and Pacifica voices were not “front and centre” of the Metoo debate that enveloped the profession.…more


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CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF VA'ASILIFITI MOELAGI JACKSON

Celebrating the life of Va'asilifiti Moelagi Jackson, mother, grandmother, matai, innovator,  fearless leader and a woman who made her mark on the world in so many different ways.

She was a dancer who danced her way into the hearts of many. 
And a knowledge holder of fa'asamoa and the age old rituals and arts of the Pacific, she shares her beautiful stories here..

Rest In Alofa Va'asilifiti, as you siva your way across the stars xxx 


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Pasifika Heroes Books empower the next generation

Move over Marvel. Brown Superheroes are about to take over the world - and the imaginations of Pacific young people.

The Pasifika Heroes book set is the latest release by South Auckland-based teacher and author David Riley that caters to a growing need of Pasifika literature in New Zealand.

The four-book set features more than 100 inspirational stories of Pacific achievers from legend, history and today in a bid to help encourage young people to read more and to aspire to their dreams.

“It was always difficult to find books that my students wanted to read about,” says Riley.  “I want Pacific young people to read more so that their literacy levels are just as good as anyone else’s and that they are reading stories they can connect with.”

According to a 2017 report published by Pasifika Futures, New Zealand’s Pacific peoples are a diverse and dynamic group with the fastest growing young population.

Almost half of this population are under 20 years of age and Pacific families have more children than any other ethnic group in New Zealand.…more