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Stranded in Paradise

“The saddest thing to see are the people sleeping at the airport because they have no money for accommodation” - Tamati Ratahi

“Paradise now feels like a prison when you are trapped here and the people who rely on to get you out arent speaking to you” - Aaron Davy 

"I’m one of the kiwis stuck in Samoa. Air NZ would never treat people in Europe like they’re treating us”  - Michelle Blau via Twitter

“The Air NZ office in Apia is locked. People start queuing at 7 am for the chance to talk to someone. I waited 3 hours and got nowhere. The staff were lovely but overwhelmed and powerless…People were crying about running out of medicine, missing their spot in Uni programmes, missing medical appointments etc.  We got an email saying it would be 72 hours before we hear anything from Air NZ.…more


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Councillors and Community advocates rally for Māngere residents hit hard by Auckland flooding

The Māngere community was one of the hardest hit areas in South Auckland affected by the flooding on January 27th.

After it was announced the South Auckland evacuation centre was going to be in Randwick Park, Manurewa;  Local Mangere councillors and community advocates fought hard to have a community information pop up centre set up for Māngere residents struggling to find info on where to get help and access support services.

They will be moving tomorrow from the Māngere Memorial Hall in Māngere Bridge (Tuesday 31st Jan) to Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool & Leisure Centre where it will become an official evacuation centre complete with beds and showers as well as the social services shown in the video above.

Māngere-Otāhuhu local board chair Tauanu'u Nick Bakulich said that they've found there are many people who still don't realise this service is available and are calling on people to let friends and family know that they can either come to the Evacuation Centre OR that there are outreach teams available to go out and assist families at their homes.…more


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Auckland Floods: Where to get financial help, accommodation and food

On Friday the 27th of January, severe flooding hit Auckland after the City of Sails received 75% of their usual summer rainfall within 15 hours.  It resulted in slips, evacuations and flooding with roads across the region blocked.

Auckland mayor Wayne Brown decided to declare a State of Emergency at 9.54pm after flooding wreaked havoc with peak hour traffic and Auckland airport went under water resulting in flights being cancelled and at least 2000 passengers stuck there overnight.

Some of the worst hit areas around Auckland below - 

As at 5.10pm, Monday 30th Jan, all Auckland education facilities have been ordered to close until February 7 as Auckland grapples with wild weather and flood damage.

So far up to four people have died - Two people were found dead in Wairau Valley while the third was found in Remuera and the fourth in Onewhero, Waikato.

At a media conference on Sunday afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni said the death of four people was was 'horrific'.

"I think it's been a traumatic experience. ...…more


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Jason Momoa welcomed to Auckland marae during visit to NZ

Hawaiian Hollywood heavyweight Jason Momoa visited Hoani Waititi Marae in West Auckland yesterday, receiving a royal welcome.

It's the latest show of love for Aotearoa from the actor, who's embraced Māori culture before.

Momoa - who's in New Zealand filming his new series Chief of War - was welcomed to the marae with a pōwhiri.

Video by 1News 


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New Year Honours 2023 - Pasifika recipients

An esteemed list of Pasifika people from all sectors of Aotearoa have been honoured in this years New Years Honour awards roll out.

Community services, health, arts and media in particular saw lots of Pasifika representation this year.

Dr Apisalome Sikaidoka Talemaitoga who was recognised to be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to health and the Pacific community says "I am proudest of the way we as a community of Pacific peoples showed that we respond to the health messages when it is delivered in a clinically and culturally competent way that respects our unique differences, uses our established infrastructures like chuches and kava clubs and uses our clinicians who are language competent also" of his achievement.…more


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The results are in - Fiji to get a coalition government

via Radio New Zealand 

Frank Bainimarama, left, and Sitiveni Rabuka Photo: AFP / RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

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The final results of the 2022 Fiji election are in.

The make-up of the new 55 seat parliament - according to the Fiji Elections Office results app - will be Fiji First with 26 seats, the People's Alliance Party with 21 seats, the National Federation Party with five seats and the Social Democratic Liberal Party with three seats.

In order to be able to form government 28 seats are needed.

This means that for the first time since the return of democracy to Fiji in 2014, Frank Bainimarama's dominant Fiji First Party has failed to secure the majority of seats to rule in parliament.

Bainimarama will now need to woo at least one of the three opposition party leaders to join him if he is to remain in power.…more


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Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards 2022

By Johnson Raela 

Nine Pacific young people were recognised as recipients of the 2022 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards (PMPYA) at Parliament on Monday evening. 

The young people were rewarded for their outstanding achievements in several fields, including being advocates for their language and culture; for leadership and entrepreneurship; and for their efforts in the arts, education and the community.   

The awards were presented by Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. 

To'e Lokeni, 17, from Porirua received the Business and Entrepreneurship award. Last year, To’e and his good friend Mannfred Sofara were the driving forces behind the website Fa’amalosi, designed to help people correctly pronounce Māori and Pasifika names.

In receiving the award To’e acknowledged his good friend Mannfred who has been pivotal in his business journey. 

“I mentioned Mannfred because he’s helped me a lot in business over the last two years and without his help and support I wouldn’t have been able to do all this, so he deserves as much credit for this as well,” he said.…more


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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


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Jason Momoa - 'Be the Match' national bone marrow donor programme

The Healthcare Professionals Club at Brigham Young University in Hawai'i teamed up with 'Be the Match' (a US national marrow donor program) and hosted Hawai'ian actor Jason Momoa last week.

Momoa is spear heading the 'Be the Match' campaign to get people to come out, swab their cheeks, and see if they have the right blood for others who are searching for their match.  He started advocating for this after learning his close friend Travis Snyder is battling acute myeloid leukemia and is in need of a blood stem cell transplant.

Hundreds came out to the university campus for a chance to meet Jason Momoa and see if they could potentially save a life.  The Aquaman star was greeted by students and the community at a bone marrow testing site.

In the photos below, he is holding a young Hawaiian boy named Ryder who is also in need of a blood cell stem transplant.…more