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Isaac Ross: Off the farm onto the field

I was born a country kid into a rural lifestyle in the early 80s, in a small town by the name of Ashburton.  Born with a grain shovel in my hand on a family farm, alongside bulk cartage and storage transport companies.  1,136 more words


'AITU' Cult Couture by Lindah Lepou

Last weekend I had the pleasure to see Lindah Lepou’s Cult Couture ‘AITU’, a fusion of creative fashion and contemporary Pasifika music and dance. We waited in darkness as smoke machines and dark red lighting set a portentous atmosphere. 551 more words


Loan Sharks: Need a huge Mark Hunt uppercut!

I’ve been wanting to write something about this for awhile and having recently watched a news clip from New Zealand’s news channel OneNews about Samoan funeral bills up to six times more then average… 895 more words


The racist elephant in the room

This is the third post in a series looking at Māori and Pasifika voters and the Labour Party (part one and part two).  644 more words

Apirana Ipo Te Maipi: 5 lessons you will learn from watching āMUA

We hear many stories of young aspiring rugby league athletes heading to Australia trying to crack the big time in the NRL. It is no different when teenagers leave the Pacific for the greener pastors for New Zealand, trying to crack ITM Cup or Super Rugby teams. 715 more words


Ko Wai Au? Who am I? The beauty of coming from a pluralistic world

Building on a sense of identity from a pluralistic world can be confusing to navigate through but acknowledging the beauty of these worlds strengthens one’s sense of identity and sense of belonging to the communities he or she is attached to. 108 more words

The Bridge

As we flew over Auckland (Okalani) on the way home from Nuku’alofa, I couldn’t help but imagine what this must have felt like for my tamai (father), who had made the same pilgrimage in the 70s. 734 more words

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