South Auckland

New Samoan police officer eager to serve South Auckland community

Constable Leonardo Wright, proudly wearing his 'ulafala, was one of the 36 new constables of Wing 347 to be attested at the Police College in Porirua. 

The 21 year old says he's "stoked and over the moon" to be graduating after a gruelling 16 weeks of training and induction. 

"Being the eldest of five, being the first in our family to be a cop in New Zealand is a pretty big acheivement. I just want to make my family proud."​

South Auckland street to act as runway for Pacific Fusion Fashion Show.

Eleven Pacific designers will display their work in a show that celebrates culture and diversity on St George Street in Papatoetoe.

The show's founder and director Nora Swann says the use of a road as a runway is unprecedented.

"This year our creative director is Sammy Salsa and he's confirmed that he hasn't seen anyone have a fashion show on the street so heaps of red tape around it but together with council and Auckland Transport, they've made that process so much easier."

1 killed, 2 injured as tornado rips through South Auckland

The storm lifted roofs, toppled trees, shattered windows, downed powerlines and sent trampolines flying in the suburb of Papatoetoe at around 8:30am.

RNZ reports a worker was killed when the tornado struck a freight container hub in Wiri Station Road.

The deceased is a former Fijian who moved to New Zealand in 2014.

Two other workers who were taken to Middlemore Hospital - one is in a moderate condition and the other has minor injuries.

Several containers were toppled by the strong wind.

South Auckland Covid-19 testing staff brace for influx after new cases

Yesterday, a student considered a casual plus contact was confirmed to have the coronavirus and last night, two siblings, a teenager and an infant, also tested positive.

The teenager recently finished school and had been working at Kmart Botany. They were at work on Friday 19 February and Saturday 20 February between 4pm and 10pm. People who visited the store during those times are being asked to isolate and call Healthline.

Pasifika leaders in South Auckland reassure constituents

Three cases of coronavirus were confirmed over the weekend, plunging Auckland into Level 3 lockdown and the rest of New Zealand into Level 2 until midnight Wednesday, 17 February.

Panmure-Otahuhu's Labour MP Jenny Salesa is reminding constituents that they defeated the virus last year by pulling together.

She wants to avoid any bullying or harrassment of sufferers.

"Targeting those particular families. And so, it was really just a reminder to our people in South Auckland that we have addressed Covid-19 successfully in the past," said Salesa.

Testing-for-all centre in Auckland reaching Pasifika communities

Ministry of Health guidelines restrict testing to those with at least one symptom of infection, or where there has been a cluster, or an outbreak in a vulnerable facility. Officials have maintained there is no need to expand the testing definition.

But at a community testing centre in Otara, managed by South Seas Healthcare, anyone living in a crowded home or with a pre-existing health condition can be tested, according to South Seas GP Andrew Chan Mow.

NZ's University of Auckland strengthens Pacific presence

The university is establishing a stand alone facility in Manukau to better cater for local communities, where a large percentage of New Zealand's Pacific population lives.

It has ended its association with the Manukau Institute of Technology and will soon have a facility which Pro Vice-Chancellor Damon Salesa said was designed for 21st century engagement with a critical community.

Dr Salesa said that would include teacher education.

Rugby legend Jonah Lomu has street named after him

In a close ceremony with family and friends of the great man present, a church minister officially blessed Jonah Lomu Drive.

Lomu’s wife, Nadene was present with their two boys Dhyreille and Brayley, and she had this to say of the honour: “Jonah was a very big but humble person. I think he would probably be quite shy of something like this, but I think it’s very deserving and most humbling to see.

Samoa Airways opens Travel Centre in South Auckland

Chief Executive Officer Seiuli Alvin Tuala, said ‘the airline is pleased to be able to open the office in what is a strategic location’. Seiuli added that ‘the temporary travel centre will make the Airline more accessible and help it to better cater to the needs of the important Samoan-community in and around the greater Manukau region’.

With the support of the Government of Samoa through the Office of the Consul General, the Airline has secured prime retail space on the ground floor of the new Complex, where the Airline’s new Travel Centre and Call Centre will be located.

Police in NZ respond to Polyfest brawling videos

Maori Television reports the videos have receive traction online, receiving well over 500,000 views and accumulating 4.5k shares between them.

The release of the footage has resulted in many people voicing their concerns about violence at a family oriented cultural event.

Despite the negative attention Polyfest has recently received, police are adamant that those in attendance demonstrated good behaviour, only having to make 2 arrests during the event. Those arrests however were not related to the event itself.