Samoan

The American TikToker obsessed with Pasifika food and Kiwi kindness

Profit and his family spent a weekend in Timaru attending the Colgate Games recently. After the athletics meet, the family came back to their vehicle and realised they had a flat tyre. 

Tagata Pasifika reports in a video titled ‘NZ is just different’, Profit told his followers, “I was about to go out and change the tyre when my wife reminded me that we have roadside assistance, so we called them, and they told us they would be there in 15 minutes.

“It has been like, 10 people – literally 10 people, I’m not exaggerating – that has stopped and said ‘hey man, you need help?’

Artist Serene Hodgman adorning modern mats through a new way of weaving

Spending most of her childhood at her Grandparents house in West Auckland allowed for many creative opportunities for the artist. Some that would be imprinted on her for a lifetime and now through her work. 

“Growing up at Nana’s house was always fun. We were just able to express ourselves… I think Nana and Grandpa made that a safe space for us to be that way and that’s where my creativity kinda grew” she says.

Pacific seasonal workers form choir at Brisbane abattoir

The 40-strong choir formed after Samoan and Solomon Islander workers at Australian Country Choice's Brisbane facility started meeting after work for singing sessions.

After management heard about the singalongs, an electronic keyboard and a guitar arrived.

So too did an invitation to hold an Easter concert for staff and friends.

Keeping home alive

The performance featured hymns sung back home to celebrate Easter as well as traditional dances.

First Pasifika minister appointed at St Andrew's Church in Wellington

Rev Taule'ale'ausumai has been a Presbyterian minister for 31 years and says it's not the first time she's been associated with St Andrew's.

"I've had four different St Andrew's in my ministry. When I first trained, I ended up at St Andrew's Levin and then after that, I was called to the UK, to Birmingham, to St Andrew's College.

"Then I came back and became the University chaplain in Auckland and then St Andrew's in Henderson called me."

Young Samoan woman earns the Commonwealth Point of Light Award

Fusi Masina Tietie of the villages of Fusi Safata and Siusega was given the award for her work as a women's rights activist and her online blog "Her Voice" on Monday during the commemoration of the Commonwealth Day.

The 204th recipient of the award, she was presented the award by the Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa and the UK High Commissioner to Samoa, David Ward in a ceremony at the Sheraton Aggie Grey's Hotel.

Efeso Collins: The Samoan boy from Ōtara now running for mayor

This desire helped shape his decision to run for mayor of the largest city in the country, he tells Pasifika Editor Vaimoana Tapaleao. 

Of all the significant people who have influenced his life, it is the story of a stranger on a South Auckland bus that brings Fa'anana Efeso Collins to tears. 

One day, as he was getting off a bus in Ōtara, the driver stopped him, after recognising him from TV. 

"He said to me, in Samoan: "O oe o Collins?" (Are you Collins?) 

Samoan youth entrepreneurs encouraged to accelerate their business

The programme is supported by the UK and United Nations Development Programme.

UNDP said funding for the eight-week programme was officially approved by the UK High Commissioner to Samoa, David Ward and the Resident Representative of the UNDP in Samoa, Jorn Sorensen.

Fepulea'i Margie Apa named Chief executive of interim Health New Zealand

Fepulea'i Margie Apa said her work with the Counties Manukau community has prepared her well for the role.

"Working with you [Counties Manukau] over the last 14 years and more proudly the last three as CEO, through measles, through Whakaari, through Covid on top of our usual pressures serving a high needs community, who are deserving and entitled to so much more," she said according to RNZ.

Margie Apa has about 25 years' experience in the health sector.

New Vice Chancellor for AUT encourages young Pasifika to pursue education

Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa, who is currently a Pro-Chancellor at the University of Auckland takes up his new role at AUT in March next year.

He is the first person of Pacific descent to head a university in New Zealand.

Toeolesulusulu said the past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic have been the most difficult for education in a long time.

He said part of the reason he chose to take up the new role is that AUT's provides a pathway to education for people of all ages, backgrounds and races, regardless of the life stage or academic credentials.

Ray Sefo: From milk boy to MMA boss

Sparring was adopted almost immediately with other family members, but it was a movie night at the Sefo's home in Kingsland that saw him fall in love with mixed martial arts. 

"I remember at the age of seven I think it was, my dad had rented a Bruce Lee movie and a Jackie Chan movie, one was Fist Of Fury and the Jackie Chan movie was Drunken Master," he recalled.