* Trigger warning - this article contains discussions about mental health issues & suicide.
After having three of his close friends reach out to him during lockdown to let him know they were struggling, young Samoan/kiwi Steven Edgar decided he needed to take action and try to raise more awareness around mental health issues & suicide.
The 22 year old said it really hit home when one of those friends tried to take his own life. "My mate ended up in a coma after attempting to take his life and after he woke up from the coma I was like that's it! I really need to do something to raise awareness.
I'd come across this guy on instagram (dancer Dave Kuresa), who had shared doing a 12 hour staircase challenge to raise awareness around mental health in Brisbane and I thought 'I could do that here in Auckland and try raise awareness here'" he said.…more
There is a call for Pacific peoples to rally around parents of newborns today, Safe Sleep Day.
My Baby's Village is an initiative led by the Pacific Infant Care Collective that aims to ensure Pacific parents of newborns have all the support they need to keep their baby safe.
The organisation said there has been a spike in unexplained deaths among infants across Auckland over the past two years.
SUDI, or Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy, describes when a baby dies from an unexplained cause or through accidental and preventable circumstances.
About half of the Auckland region's SUDI deaths each year are Pacific tamariki.
Police National Partnerships Manager for Pacific Peoples Superintendent Fata Willi Fanene said the call "for more support follows stubbornly high rates of Pacific infant SUDI across Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland over the last decade."
She said Pacific people make up almost 15 percent of Tamaki Makarau's population yet Pacific babies make up 40 to 50 percent of SUDI deaths in Auckland each year, with most in deprived areas.…more
This week on Let's Talanoa, Dr Lesina interviews well known Pacific Youth Advocate and Educational Psychologist, Sonia Pope.
Together they talk about the things that our young people are facing each day as they navigate through COVID-19, vaccine passes, different opinions and more. Listen up for Sonia's practical tips!
Samoans across Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland are being encouraged to get vaccinated to increase the vaccination rate for Samoans, the largest population of Pacific peoples.
With Samoans being the largest ethnicity of the Covid-19 cases in the most recent outbreak of the Delta variant in South Auckland, local community leaders and Pacific health providers are encouraging Samoans to make the decision to get vaccinated.
In Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, there are approximately 120,000 people that identify as Samoans, which makes up the largest population of 244,000 Pacific people in the region.
“We are calling out to the Samoan community in Auckland, particularly South Auckland to make the decision to get vaccinated to protect the health and wellbeing of their aiga (family), loved ones, ekalesia (church) and community,” says Senior General Practitioner, Doctor Sirovai Fuata’i.
“As we have seen with each Covid-19 outbreak, Pacific and Māori people are highly vulnerable to the virus given our social way of life and many live with pre-existing health conditions.…more
33 year old Viliami aka Villz shares his personal journey with mental health and learning to seek help after struggling with suicidal thoughts and depression.
"I was raised to be tough, to be a warrior, to push your emotions to the side and not show any kind of feelings that were classed as weak. This led me to find it very difficult to speak up and seek help when I fell into a dark place ... I had suicidal and negative thoughts daily ... I just wanted to die ... I couldn't see I needed help until my wife and kids brought it to my attention"
Villz who is of Tongan heritage and his wife Nikki, live in Sydney and have 5 children. They recently set up an anti-suicide campaign geared towards encouraging individuals who are facing mental health issues to speak up and seek help.
Royal Family Dance Crew member Kaea Pearce takes us through a hip hop based dance routine, starting with a warm up.
Follow along with Kaea as she breaks down the steps and then dance the full choreographed routine with her at the end!
Upload your videos and be sure to tag both us and Kaea in the videos - we'd love to see how you go!
Our Pacific Dance teacher Charlene Tedrow of 'Ura Tabu' is back to get us moving while we're at home on lockdown.
Be sure to try out her first two classes in the links below.
Get fit and learn these beautiful Pacific dance moves at the same time!
Island Dance Class Pt1
Island Dance Class Pt2
A group of young Samoans at the centre of one of the AOG clusters in Auckland have been working hard to break down information to their aiga and community who have tested positive for the virus.
They made this video to help the many elderly people who had tested positive to understand the process. Many of the older Pasifika members of their community were traumatised by the positive test and anxious about what would happen to them.
The young students who put the video together to help them based on Ministry of Health information, hope it may help other people with the testing, social distancing and isolation process as well.
Click here for Covid-19 information translations in all Pasifika languages
Click this link here for an interactive map on where to find a vaccination clinic near you https://karawhiua.nz/all-clinics/
Made by Marcus Savelio, Tali Meavale and Ullrich Von Reiche.
Julia Mage'au Gray from Sunameke Productions takes us through a short, Nesian dance class which explores movement from parts of Melanesia and Polynesia.
Our Tongan fitness instructor Fili Tapa takes us through another HIIT fitness workout to get us through the week while we're on lockdown!
Once again he has both easy and hard options to try out depending on your fitness level.