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Know Your Roots Season 3 winner Disciple Pati with Dom Tupou & Gaby Solomona | Coco Talanoa

Brianna Fruean has a Know Your Roots Season 3 debrief with (spoiler alert) the winner Disciple Pati!

They talk thru some of Pati's favourite moments, her relationship with Erroll, getting in touch with her roots through the game and more.

The girls are joined later by fan favourites Dom Tupou and Gaby Solomona who offer their advice to next years contestants.

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Sporting legends encourage Pacific young people: Stay in the game! Get your shot! 

via Pasifika Sports Collective 

A collective of Pacific sporting legends have united to play their part in the effort to increase the vaccination rate for Pacific peoples (12 - 34 years of age) by encouraging them to get their Covid-19 vaccination. 

Stay in the game! Get your Shot! is the key message from the newly formed Pasifika Sports Collective, a group of sporting legends including former Manu Samoa captain Lemalu Semo Sititi, former All Black and Manu Samoa international Namulauulu Alama Ieremia, former Kiwi Fern and Manusina representative Cynthia Ta’ala-Timaloa, former Kiwis and New Zealand Warrior Motu Tony, and ex-Silver Fern Linda Vagana, who all represented Samoa and/or New Zealand. 

“Stay in the game! Get your Shot! is our way of encouraging Pasifika young people to get a Covid-19 vaccination to keep them and their families safe. Also, it ensures they can continue to pursue their sporting aspirations,” says Lemalu Semo Sititi, convenor of the Pasifika Sports Collective. 

“We encourage young people to stay in the game and get their shots so they can continue to enjoy playing sport.…more

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Fighting Covid with Fa'a Samoa

The Epati Family: On fighting Covid, receiving care in a crisis and their Tautua approach against the health system.

On a sunny Mid-August Sunday, many families across Auckland gathered in churches for their weekly celebration of faith and family. But as songs of praise and prayers of gratitude poured from the aisles, the clouds rolled in and the weather began to shift, signalling change in season and life to come. For two days a Covid storm brewed, before all of New Zealand was jolted into a Level 4 lockdown on the 17th of August. 

The Epati Aiga from Ranui’s Samoan Assembly Of God were amongst the faithful, attending a multi-church group service on the 15th of August.  Unknowingly, members of the congregation carried the Delta variant and it spread like fire. 

The Epati Aiga were a part of this cluster, and had no idea of the uncertainty, fear and illness they were going to endure in the days that followed. 

Unwelcome, Delta arrived on their doorsteps and affected their entire aiga.…more

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Samoan dancer Corbyn Taulealea-Huch shares her experience at Savage X Fenty 2021 | Coco Talanoa

Althea Strydom catches up with dancer and friend Corbyn Taulealea-Huch off the back of her recent job dancing in the Rihanna, Savage X Fenty show in LA.

Get to know Corbyn a little better and her journey as a dancer with the inside scoop on the behind the scenes of this year's Savage X Fenty show, volume 3.

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Life in prison given to man for killing human rights activist in Tonga

via RNZ Pacific 

A death penalty was seriously considered by Tonga's Lord Chief Justice, before he gave a life sentence on Monday, to the man who admitted the murder of prominent human rights activist Polikalepo "Poli" Kefu in April this year.

Lord Chief Justice Whitten QC, convicted 'Inoke Silongo F. Tonga, a meth addict, of the murder at a beach in Tatakamotonga.

The 27 year-old, who was living at Halaleva and was originally from Vava'u, had pleaded guilty to the murder charge on September 2.

He appeared for sentencing in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on October 11.

The injuries inflicted on the victim were among the worst encountered by the court according to Matangi Tonga online.

The murderer had taken alcohol and a heavy dose of meth on the night of the murder.

"Regrettably, the scourge of methamphetamines has been and continues to be felt in Tonga... directly or indirectly, methamphetamines have robbed one innocent of his life and now threaten to end another," the Chief Justice concluded.…more

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Aigagalefili on the Inequality of Lockdown | Coco Talanoa

Introducing ... Coco Talanoa!

A podcast-inspired space for Pacific Islanders to unpack current events and have open discussions about their worlds.

In this Talanoa Brianna Frueans sits down (virtually) with Aigagalefili Fepulea'i Tapua'i to discuss the current New Zealand lockdown. They have a casual conversation about the experiences of young people, the working class, and our overall Pasifika aiga struggling in the midst of the Delta variant of Covid 19 Pandemic.

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Tale of Two Cities: Pasifika speak out about the NZ government's roadmap out of lockdown

Cover image photo credit: Stuff 

As todays 4pm press conference came to a close, there were many reactions from Pasifika people ranging from confusion, to worry, and some tentative optimism as our community unravels the various new Auckland level conditions.

The plan has seen an avalanche of social media reaction and has also brought many concerns to the fore around the inequities that have long been identified for Auckland's under vaxed brown Covid population. There are increasing feelings around an Auckland city divide, where the circumstances for the vulnerable brown sit in stark contrast to that of the picnic going palagi nuclear households.

Social media lit up with a raft of comments, people venting their confusion and worries for the Pasifika communities and struggling to comprehend how these eased restrictions even apply to anyone in their communities.…more

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Ata Maivia-Johnson shares why she has chosen to be vaccinated against Covid-19

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's mother Ata Maivia-Johnson has taken to social media to share her own personal story in regards to choosing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to protect herself and her family. 

She also confirms in the video below that both Dwayne and his wife Lauren are vaccinated and are all doing fine.  She shares her story in the hopes that it will help people overcome any vaccine hesitation.

"Pacific Islanders in many States are being hit harder than any other group.  So many of our people and our families are affected to the core."

In a comment on her post, Ata's son Dwayne posts in support "Love this ma.  Not an easy line to walk but really beautifully said.  And very important for our culture and the world."

Dwayne, his wife and both their daughters Jasmine and Tia all contracted Covid last year before a vaccine was available and said it was one of the most challenging times he has ever faced.…more

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Pasifika students create website to help Kiwis pronounce names correctly

Faamalosi.com CEOs To'e Lokeni and Mannfred Sofara from Bishop Viard College in Porirua, along with 8 other Year 12 students have created a website designed to help people correctly pronounce Maori and Pasifika names.

“We’d like to see commentators use this as a tool,” Sofara said "Just so our Pasifika brothers have their names pronounced correctly.”

Check out the website here

There's a one off $4.99 subscription fee but then you get unlimited access to the site from then on.

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The first Pacific Member of New Zealand Parliament, Taito Phillip Field has passed away

* Cover image via Radio New Zealand 

Members of the Samoan community today are mourning the passing of Taito Phillip Field, our first Pacific member of parliament and a stalwart Samoan political through the 90's until 2008. 

Taito represented as an MP for Ōtara and then for Māngere in 1996.  He left the Labour Party in 2007 amidst inter party conflict and returned to Parliament as an independent. 

Taito's long political career was marred by controversy, following charges of bribery and perverting the course of justice over the infamous 'Thai Tiler' affair.…more