Labour MP Louisa Wall set to Become Ambassador for Gender Equality in Pacific Region

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Louisa Wall for a newly created diplomatic role as Ambassador for Gender Equality in the Pacific Region. Louise Wall announced…

Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Commitment Ratified by Tuvalu

Tuvalu has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), bringing the total number of Treaty ratifications to 172 and underscoring the Pacific island state’s commitment to ending all nuclear tests, everywhere.…

NZ Minister of Foreign Affairs to Visit Fiji Next Week.

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta departs for Fiji next week, her first trip to the Pacific since announcing New Zealand’s Pacific Resilience approach in 2021. Minister Mahuta says, “this visit…

New Mental Health Initiatives Launched as Mandates Eased

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, has launched All Sorts, a multi-media mental wellbeing campaign to support New Zealanders through the challenges of the…

Pasifika Least Accepting of Offensive Language According to NZ Broadcasting Survey

Pasifika are generally least accepting of offensive language, according to the latest Broadcasting Standards Authority research. More than 1500 people aged 18+ took part in the Language That May Offend…

Perspective: Amazing Efforts by MIQ Workers – Dr. Angie Enoka

By Dr. Angie Enoka When I joined the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) Communications and Engagement Team in March 2021, MIQ was about to launch into its first full year cycle…

Pasifika Marketing Agency Among Group Selected to Roll out NZ National Bowel Screening Programme Campaign

Pacific marketing, communications and creative agency Bright Sunday is one of three Aotearoa agencies selected to roll out the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) campaign for the Ministry of Health.…

Pacific Region Calls for More Recognition of Role of Women and Girls in Climate Resilience

The Pacific has called for more recognition of the critical role of women and girls in climate resilience at the opening plenary sessions of the sixty-sixth session of the Commission…

Government Reduces Petrol Prices by 25 cents from Midnight Tonight – Petrol Companies Drop Prices Immediately

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today the Government will deduct 25 cents per litre off fuel for three months as part of a cost of living package. Fuel excise duties…

Government to Create new Organisation Built on Best of RNZ and TVNZ

Minister of Broadcasting and Media Kris Faafoi has announced today that the Government will create a new organisation by the middle of 2023, built on the best of RNZ and…

Podcast: Fa’anana Efeso Collins, the Path to Mayor of Auckland, Service to the Community, and Mentoring the Next Pasifika Politicians

Watch the Podcast on YouTube Or listen on Spotify Main Article As one of two Auckland city councillors for the Manukau Ward, Fa’anana Efeso Collins prepares for the next part…

Tonga Cable Fixed – Kingdom Back Online

Digicel Tonga CEO Anthony Seuseu announced yesterday that all its customers are now reconnected to the outside world as data connectivity has been restored in the main island of Tongatapu…

2522 new Community Cases as RAT Tests Available at all Auckland Testing Stations From Tomorrow

From Monday morning, Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be made available at all Auckland testing sites to those who fit the appropriate clinical criteria. The testing site will determine which…

Perspective: Did my Brown Skin and Pacific Surname Impact my Postpartum Treatment? Elissa Baledrokadroka Johnson

By Elissa Baledrokadroka Nothing could prepare me for the birth of my son or our postpartum care at Auckland City Hospital in November 2021 (Auckland was still in lock down).…

NZ Changes COVID-19 Entry Criteria for Travellers From Tonga Starting Tomorrow

Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield has today announced changes for travellers from Tonga due to increasing COVID-19 cases. Dr. Bloomfield says Tonga does not currently meet criteria to…

Health Experts Deployed to Kiribati and Tonga to Assist With COVID-19 Response

The Pacific Community (SPC) deployed a team of health experts from the Public Health Division to support requests made by Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), to assist with its…

Pasifika Author Winner of Women of Influence Awards for Arts & Culture 2021

Qiane Matata-Sipu, creator of NUKU, has won the Arts & Culture section of the 2021 Women of Influence Awards. Of  Cook Islands heritage Qiane is an advocate, photographer, media specialist and…

Podcast: Daniel Faitaua First Pasifika Kiwi President of Foreign Press Association in London “Give Anything A Go”

Daniel Faitaua has reached another milestone in his career as not only the first Pasifika TVNZ European correspondent based in London, but now the first Kiwi Pasifika president of the…

Tuvalu Politician who Delivered COP26 Speech in Seawater Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Tuvalu Minister for Justice, Communication, Foreign Affairs and advocate for his work raising awareness around the impact of climate in particular for his island home, has been nominated for the…

New Zealand Donates More COVID-19 Vaccines to Tonga and Samoa

New Zealand has extended its COVID-19 support to the Pacific region by donating additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health Minister Aupito William…