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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… 896 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

Deaf Education

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

Social Justice


Since the 16th century, the Blue Continent has been a playground for adventure-seeking travellers. Early navigators’ quest for knowledge (officially) and glory (unofficially) prompted them to undertake hazardous voyages in search of new lands in the vast Pacific Ocean. 697 more words

Pacific Islands


Richard Shears is not only an award-winning journalist and photographer, but also the author of more than 30 books. His highly engaging account of the rebellion that occurred on Espiritu Santo in 1980, ‘The Coconut War: Vanuatu and the Struggle for Independence’, is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the history of the Pacific Islands. 1,082 more words

Pacific Islands Literature