Blue Rose makes Metro Top 10 Cafes 2021

The Blue Rose cafe makes Metro's Top 10 Cafes in Auckland list!

Making it on a Metro list is a weighty accomplishment for any business owner. Metro is a glossy quarterly lifestyle magazine published in New Zealand that highlights the best of the best. This year Blue Rose cafe made "best of the best" status. 

This cafe famous for their distinctive wallpaper, warm service, island tunes and flavourful dishes is a favourite of many Aucklanders. Owned by Robbie & Lenny, Blue Rose is a home away from home nestled in suburban Sandringham. With Cook Island & Maori backgrounds, they take pride in home-made food infused with Pacific and Maori flavours.

We spoke with Robbie & Lenny about making the Metro list and the delicious items they have on their menu.

What was the motivation to start a cafe with Island style delicacies?

Our motivation was to do something with food that we love and doing it our style and our way. Pretty soon after opening we saw there was a gap in the market for our Pacific and Maori kai.…more


Peaceful Protestors oppose the planned quarantine facility in the Coral Coast

A peaceful protest was led in the Coral Coast of Fiji this week in a bid to stop the Fijian Government from placing a quarantine facility in their district. 

There are few places in the world that can claim they've managed to keep their community Covid-Free since the start of the pandemic, the Coral Coast is one of them. The Coral Coast is the stretch of coastline between Sigatoka and Suva, on the island of Viti Levu, in Fiji. This community has managed to keep themselves safe from the widespread virus through reciprocal care, proactive safety measures and people-led safekeeping. The villages on the coast have made their own facemasks, set up sanitation stations and have worked around strict lockdown rules. All these precautions have kept them safe. This is why when they heard of the proposed quarantine facility in their area they were greatly worried and decided to protest. 

Community members gathered with signs and masks to tell the public of their concerns.…more


Pasifika Youth speak on the SS4C Auckland Disbandment

On Saturday 12th of June 2021 the School Strikes 4 Climate Auckland chapter publicly announced their disbandment due to internal issues with racism.

In the statement released in the weekend, School Strike 4 Climate Auckland said it had been a "racist, white-dominated space" and that it was dissolving the group. "School Strike 4 Climate Auckland has avoided, ignored, and tokenised black, indigenous and people of colour voices and demands, especially those of Pasifika and Māori individuals in the climate activism space," it said. 

Maori and Pasifika climate activists have long spoken out about the racist tendencies of SS4C and the climate movement in Aotearoa.

"School Strike 4 Climate Auckland has avoided, ignored, and tokenised black, indigenous and people of colour voices and demands, especially those of Pasifika and Māori individuals in the climate activism space," the statement goes on to say.

This announcement closely follows the recent screening of “High Tide Don’t Hide” at the Doc Edge Film Festival in Auckland. A documentary about the 2019 Aotearoa School Strikes.…more


The fastest man in the Marshall Islands

He's a rapper, model, father and, if it all goes to plan, a future movie mogul. But before Roman Cress was dropping tracks, he was running it. 

The Kaven born, Minnesota raised sprinter began competing in athletics when he was 11 year old and first represented the Marshall Islands at the 1999 South Pacific Games in Guam. Earlier that year he clocked a personal best of 10.39 seconds in the 100m at a meet in Minneapolis and had his sights on the Sydney Olympics. But there was one problem: the Marshall Islands didn't have an Olympic Committee.

"I actually qualified 'B standard' at that time," Cress recalled. "I was in peak form around that time, 99/2000, and after that I still competed in my college years but I didn't have the same desire because when we didn't make it to Sydney I just left it alone, I didn't think about the Olympics anymore." The Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee was eventually established in 2001 but was not recognised by the IOC until 2006, meaning Athens 2004 was also a non-starter.…more


Climate Documentary follows Samoan Activist Aigagalefili Fepulea'i-Tapua'i

In 2019, students in more than 150 countries launched strikes to demand action to avert cataclysmic climate change.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, filmmakers The Rebel Film Collective started shooting seven months before what became the world’s biggest ever climate change strike. They were given intimate access to New Zealand students’ meetings, homes and personal video diaries to record how the local school strikes movement began. 

The film makers were there when an unexpected turn of events changed the face of the protests. High Tide Don’t Hide reveals the inner processes of teenagers mobilising record-setting numbers of children and adults…while dealing with the looming threat of climate change, interpersonal politics, and the need to just be teenagers. 

One of the teenagers profiled and followed is South Aucklands Aigagalefili Fepulea'i-Tapua'i. Aigagalefili, known by her friends as "FIli" is an award-winning published poet and indigenous activist from South Auckland. Her work has appeared in the 2019 Poetry Yearbook New Zealand and in 2020 she was a guest speaker at the UN General Assembly.…more


Racism in Aotearoa

Pacific communities have been shocked and horrified at the racist online vitriol hurled at the Auckland University co-Head of the School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies - Dr Jemaima Tiatia - after her RNZ Pacific interview about her experience of racism in her sector. 

In her interview Dr Tiatia shared that academia can be a lonely place at the top for a brown female leader navigating power at “the intersection of hypervisibility, invisibility, colourism and gender.”

Touching on real-life examples, she spoke candidly about institutional racism, sexism and feminism, as seen through her eyes. She related how important it is to have a thick skin, and what resilience means when you’re in complex and sometimes hostile environments.…more


Tupu Tai Pasifika Public Sector Summer internship programme

Tupu Tai Summer Internship programme are looking for proud Pasifika students and recent graduates who are passionate about seeing change for their families and wider communities.

Tupu Tai is an 11-week paid internship across the summer break. Through Tupu Tai you will have the opportunity to work on policy projects in one of the many government agencies that affect change in areas such as education, housing, employment, justice and the environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity where you will:

* Contribute to the growing tide of Pasifika representation in the public sector
* Develop your leadership skills and professional resume
* Build professional networks with other interns, government agencies and community leaders

Check out the videos below and hear from recent interns on their Tupu Tai experience.

Tupu Tai places high value on the entire wellbeing of each intern, providing wrap around support heading into, during and post internship.…more


Third-generation Nurse on why she Strikes

People say that nurses are the foundation of a healthcare system. As the world faced a global pandemic it was our nurses that laid the foundation at our frontlines as they battled Covid19 on top of continuing to care for others who were ill from other ailments. Today nurses strike as they express their disappointment in the current their working conditions and pay, despite continuosly serving our communities during the toughest times.  

Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants at public hospitals and district health board facilities striked today for 8 hours in New Zealand. This followed in the wake of 30,000 members of the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisations voting to reject the latest offer from the District Health Boards amid concerns about pay, conditions, and safe staffing. 

"Safer staffing, sick leave and fair pay enhances the mana for kaimahi hauora. Our people deserve quality healthcare. If we want to ensure the health of our future, truly valuing the future of our profession is a good place to start. Aotearoa New Zealand deserves our best.…more


Lavika's Lash House: Beauty and Business

Lavika's Lash House is a Pacific owned and run Beauty Parlour based in Auckland specialising in Eyelash Extentions. It was started by founder Veronica Tatafu 4 years ago after the birth of her sixth child, named Lavika. In search for a work life balance where she could be present in her daughters life Veronica left her corporate job and started doing Lashes. Since then she has built her business from the ground up and now uses the knowlege she has gained to teach other aspiring business women how to do lashes through her masterclasses.

The Coco team got to talk with Veronica about her hustle, what it means to be an empowered woman and so much more.

How would you describe your business to those who are hearing about it for the first time?

My business didn’t really take off properly until me and my husband separated. Suddenly I found myself alone having to provide for me and my 6 children.…more


Samoa talks fail to resolve impasse

via RNZ Pacific 

Samoa's prime minister elect, FAST party leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says negotiations remain at an impasse between her party and the rival HRPP.

The parties met yesterday in Apia to try and resolve the stalemate resulting from the 9 April election.

In a statement last night, Fiame maintained that FAST held the majority of 26 seats to the HRPP's 25.

She said these FAST members had been sworn in, with a cabinet appointed and speaker and deputy chosen.

The HRPP leader, caretaker prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi continued to claim the result was not clear because 10 percent of 51 members or six women representatives in the House had not been achieved.

“Now Tuilaepa is singing about the rule of law when he had been contemptuous and ridiculed the Judiciary in his and the caretaker governments actions to block and delay the formation of a new government,” said Fiamē.…more