Podcasts

Season 1

Episode 1 – Barbara Edmonds, MP for Mana

We have to remember our communities, serve them and be able to make sure we fight for our Pasifika people here at the table and here at Parliament, never take that for granted.Barbara Edmonds

Episode 2 – Pelenato Sakalia – CEO of Pacific Business Trust

“I’ve tried to drive a simple agenda and the agenda is let’s understand the fundamentals and then let’s try and do the basics and do them well.”Pelenato Sakalia

Episode 3 – Pasifika women at the helm of Hamilton churches renovation project

“It was a huge leap of faith.”Felila Asiata-Feausi

Episode 4 – Pasifika Green MP, Teanau Tuiono

“We don’t need to be hyper consumers, especially the plastic stuff, which is terrible for the ocean. We don’t actually need it, it’s not good for us.” Teanau Tuiono

Episode 5 – Head of Media Association Solomon Islands talks social media and reporting on COVID-19

It’s been quite hard trying to get the right people to speak, especially everyone’s so busy with their work…Georgina Kekea

Episode 6 – Advocate talks racism and supporting Pasifika in South Island towns and cities

But why should I have to? Why should we wait for something like this to make you realise that you’re contributing to that discrimination? And if anything, we’re all in the same situation here. We’re trying to fight hate speech and racism.Melissa Lama

Episode 7 – Director of Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts centre on adapting during COVID-19

So we kept persevering trying to convince them that culture is important, it will always be important.Maryjane McKibbin-Schwenke

Season 2

Episode 1 – President of national P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. women’s organisation talks 45 years of advocacy

Sometimes we get forgotten by the very powers that be, or you hear things spring up but we haven’t been consulted, or at least been invited to come to the table.Tofilau Bernadette Pereira

Episode 2 – Cook Island MP for Palmerston North ready to serve

In terms of the needs for the wider Pasifika community here in my city and in New Zealand, it’s about actually meeting the needs that other communities wish to have for their people. It’s about ensuring that we are all healthy, that we have opportunities and access to education, that we are able to celebrate our cultural diversity, what makes us different.Tangi Utikere

Episode 3 – Tupu Tai Pasifika Intern says Diverse Perspectives Needed in Public Service and Policy

There’s just not nearly enough diversity, diversity of thought, diversity of perspective or even experience in the public sector and in policy. Specifically there’s not enough people of colour. There’s not enough Pasifika, not enough Maori people who are at decision making tables or even actually holding the pen on issues and that ultimately is what policy has the power to do, address issues, address problems, and create solutions.Christian Baledrokadroka

Episode 4 – Dr. Colin Tukuitoga Talks COVID, the Impact on Health, Education, and Festivals

We, doctors, nurses, Pacific health providers have continued to try and maintain the focus on those other [health] challenges that we have, but inevitably, as I say, the focus will be on the pandemic.Dr. Colin Tukuitoga

Episode 5 – Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, Tongan Labour MP on Language, Housing, Serving Communities at Government Level

You bring in a different contribution when you speak another language. It’s not just the language that you speak,  you bring in the culture. I tell people it’s cultural intelligence because with that intelligence you don’t go to a school to learn it. You learn that as part of your life growing up.Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki

Episode 6 – Rose Marsters, Cook Island Academic From Tokoroa to Hamilton Pursuing Excellence in Education

I think if we can find the right why, I think that comes from just being present connecting with people building relationships sharing our narrative, sharing our lived experience because learning begins with a vision.Rose Marsters

Episode 7 – Ioane Aleke Fa’avae, Niuean Educator on Taking Ownership to Learn Culture and Vagahau Niue

It shows that our community really cares about our language especially the first, second, and even third generation New Zealand born Tagata Niue who are being encouraged to learn their Vagahau Niue and culture. Ioane Aleke Fa'avae

Episode 8 – Lemauga Lydia Sosene, Chair of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board on Leadership, Council and a Voice in South Auckland

I am always grateful for today. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but I want to be a part of the team that is planning. If we can communicate, and if we can support one another when we are making decisions and implementing some of those decisions, that’s got to be a good thing.Lemauga Lydia Sosene

Episode 9 – Saunoamaali’i Dr. Karanina Sumeo: Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, get Comfortable Talking the Uncomfortable

So you’ve got the qualification, you’ve got the experience so you’ve got the job right? Why then are you being paid less than others and there’s no reason for it so that is a problem.Saunoamaali'i Dr. Karanina Sumeo

Episode 10 – Laulu Mac Leauanae: Secretary for Ministry Pacific Peoples Leading Pasifika to Thrive be Prosperous, Resilient and Confident

We have a saying at the agency – the three Hs – Hustle, Hungry, Humble. We have to be hungry, never forget where we come from, always have a sense of hunger that we’re fighting for something greater than us, and third, through it all remain humble. We don’t want to be showing off about whatever we’ve done because what have we done? We haven’t done anything. There’s still a lot of work to be done, so we are humble hungry hustlers for our communities.Laulu Mac Leauanae

Episode 11 – Superintendent Fata Willi Fanene Passion and Drive for Pasifika and Police

Everything the Police do I put my Pacific lens over it and determine how is this going to affect our people and if it looks as if there’s a risk that it might adversely affect our people. It’s my role to speak out from the heart of our community to our organisation.Superintendent Fata Willi Fanene National Partnerships Manager for Pacific Peoples for NZ Police

Episode 12 – Working Towards the Transformation of the Mental Health and Wellbeing System. CEO Karen Orsborn

We can all take action every day however small it might be for people and small communities, small changes can have quite an impact.CEO Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Karen Ornsborn

Episode 13 – Pasitaua Haufano of Zeducation, Unleashing People’s Greatness

Because when people unleash their greatness they can be more and do more for themselves, for their families, their communities and also the businesses that they work for. Managing director and founder of Zeducation Pasitaua Haufano