Holding onto Pacific Culture and Language?

The Minister for Pacific Affairs is supporting the value of Tuvalu’s language and culture this week – but in words, not deeds. Despite Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga stating he’s “committed to creating opportunities to share and promote Pacific cultures,” the value of Pacific heritage is consistently being undermined. A single celebratory week does little to […]

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Songs of Freedom

Songs of Freedom reverberated through Karanghape Rd’s St Kevin’s Arcade as two Pacific Island icons launched Auckland’s Heritage Festival. Reggae musician Tigilau Ness (pictured right) and Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua (left) performed poetry and music in Kura Kōrero/Tautala – The Gift of Speech, presented by the MikaHaka Foundation. Reverend Mua, Green Party Pacific Issues Spokesperson and […]

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Bouquets and Brickbats – the good wood

GOOD WOOD: Green MP Catherine Delahunty and Paula Makabory (along with Maire Leadbeater, far left, and a supportive cassowary bird) congratulate The Warehouse on sound business practices relating to illegally logged hardwood. On Wednesday Green MP Catherine Delahunty and West Papuan human rights activist Paula Makabory visted two timber products outlets in Petone. After some […]

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Tonga and Fiji

Don’t you love today’s South Pacific news? The Prime Minister of Tonga is advising Fiji’s military coup leader Commodore Bainimarama, on democracy. Take this quote from Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele in his role as the Pacific Islands Forum Chairman, “We also added that, if having taken all reasonable steps towards holding the […]

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