Rising to the Challenge
Descended from a Samoan family of missionaries and church ministers who provided pastoral care across the Pacific generations ago, Delphina Soti recalls listening to stories of past sabbaticals partaken in the Pacific
Keeping Families Safe working for a peaceful and non-violent Christmas
Let’s work together to ensure our Pasefika communities enjoy a safe, peaceful and violence-free family Christmas during the festive season.
Ending Violence Against Women
Through a 10-year commitment, Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development – Pacific Women connects more than 170 gender equality initiatives implemented across 14 Pacific Island countries.
Supporting Recent Migrant Victims
Action on family violence is a priority for the NZ Government. A number of reports from 2018 refer to the necessity to do more to increase awareness of family violence issues.
In August 2020 The Backbone Collective released a report prepared for the Ministry of Social Development detailing what longer term support would have helped some women
Pasifika Collective Well-Being during the COVID-19 Crisis
Although based in Australia there's a link to how our Pasifika have responded to the pressures and parameters of a pandemic with innovative ways of nurturing our collective well-being
Gagana Tokelau youth taking to the Language
As a founding member and Minister for the Congregational Church of Tokelau in Porirua, Reverend Elder Tui Fakafotu Sopoaga received a QSM medal for services to the Tokelauan community in 2019.
As chairperson of the Vagahau Niue Trust based at Favona School in Mangere, South Auckland, Mele Nemaia has been a leader in promoting and preserving her Niue language in New Zealand for decades.
A boost for new social workers
Graduate social workers are getting greater support and supervision at the start of their career through an initiative created with the Public Service Association.
Finding Faith in Fiji
Daren Kamali’s late grandparents are among the many fond memories of his childhood upbringing in Fiji.
Tuvaluans on the Rise
New Zealand's first Tuvaluan Christian congregation has opened a stunning new church in West Auckland that has been decades in the making and perfectly timed to celebrate Tuvalu Language Week 2020.
Unearthing Abuse Without Care
The Royal Commission of Inquiry: Abuse in Care aims to uncover what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in state and faith-based care in New Zealand between the years 1950-99
Service and Selflessness
One evening a week the Isaia family, Sue, Pati and their daughters Paige, 14, and Ember, 12, pack the boot of their car with pots, a shiny steel kettle and a menu sign board and head to a soup kitchen in South Auckland.
The newly released New Zealand movie Savage directed by Sam Kelly, is inspired by stories from the nation’s boys homes from 1950 to 1999 and the early history of gangs.
Covid-19 Help And Support
COVID-19 is causing stress and uncertainty for many, but it’s especially hard for people living with family violence and sexual violence.
Prayers for lone hospitalised patient answered
When New Zealand’s last hospitalised COVID-19 patient was sedated in ICU for over a month, doctors feared Lilian Su’a would not survive.
Overcoming the Odds
The community-minded couple of Rob and Emelita (Zee) Luisi have been pivotal in turning around that perception through their love and leadership with its youth and remain determined to continue making a positive difference.
Our Pacific Communities in Self-Isolation
We share some important messages from our Pasifika communities.
Growing Support for Pacific Language Weeks
The increasing popularity among Pacific communities celebrating Pacific Language Weeks has received a further boost with funding from the Ministry of Pacific Peoples.
Koko Samoa Youth Show Team: Maintaining Healthy Family Relationships with Gagana Samoa
For Samoan Language Week, we speak to the Koko Samoa Youth Show team who grace our airwaves every Saturday night from 6pm to 10pm on Radio Samoa 1593AM (and livestreamed on Facebook).
Tongan Language Week theme underpins Pacific Wellbeing approach
The 2020 Tongan Language Week theme of “Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa aki ‘a e Lotu Mo’oni”, which in English means “Enriching Aotearoa New Zealand through prayer and faith” is the theme the Tongan community will use to underpin their COVID-19 response
Connections and relationships paramount to strong Pacific families
Solutions for the issues plaguing our communities and families come from within our own communities
Latu To’omaga - how violence affects a child's development
Watch the interview Latu has with It's Not Okay
Unitec Academic Programme Manager ‘Aulola (Lola) Fuka Lino has fond memories recalling growing up as a child in Tonga.
Rising to the ChallengeDescended from a Samoan family of missionaries and church ministers who provided pastoral care across the Pacific generations ago, Delphina Soti recalls listening to stories of past sabbaticals partaken in the Pacific which led to her devoting her life to service. Read more