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A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music. This programme is also simulcast domestically on RNZ National.

A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music. This programme is also simulcast domestically on RNZ National.


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A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music. This programme is also simulcast domestically on RNZ National.




Pacific news, features, interviews and music.

Tagata of te Moana for 11 July 2020

Nuclear waste dump in Marshall Islands deemed safe by US government; PNG laws to stop violence against women need enforcement, NGO's; Released Balikpapan Seven member says he will keep speaking out about injustice; Spotlight on Samoa corrections system after one inmate was found to have been kept in jail for nearly five years longer than he should have been; ILO works with unions and employers to support redundant workers in Fiji;New Zealand robotics firm X-craft is trialling an autonomous...


Tagata o Te Moana for 4 July 2020

Lives on the line for observers of the lucrative Pacific fishery; a humanitarian crisis emerging in Fiji due to the pandemic; Unlocking the potential for off-field roles for Pasifika in NZ rugby; Fiji govt targets growing drug threat; Canadian company touts seabed as path to green transition; Te Papa appoints first Pasifika head of Pacific/NZ cultures and histories; Bougainville elections could bring fresh impetus to post-referendum process.


Tagata o Te Moana for 20 June 2020

Coronavirus setback dampens enthusiasam for a New Zealand travel bubble into the Pacific; NZ covid-19 border slip-up highlights 'unfair' system for Pasifika; The struggle for Marshallese to cope with Covid in the US; Suspension controversy comes to a head at the University of the South Pacific; Fiji's police and the culture of fear under the spotlight; Crucial identity and immigration reckoning for the Cook Islands; Court convicts Papuans for treason after anti-racism protests; Cook Islands...


Tagata o te Moana for 13 June 2020

Anger that Australia is in line for a New Zealand travel bubble before the Cook Islands, whose people are New Zealand citizens. Crisis at the University of the South Pacific: A vice-chancellor is suspended, students protest, and governments accuse Fiji of a takeover. A PNG athlete shares her story of domestic violence; The Polynesian Panthers speak on Black Lives matter, and the latest from the race for the Bougainville presidency.


Tagata o Te Moana for 6 June 2020

A dire warning from Tuvalu's prime minister, who says that without more international help,some Pacific economies may collapse; We hear about the ordeal faced by two Marshall Islands fisherman who spent 42 days adrift at sea; And, we check in on a wild political week in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville and Fiji - where benches have been shuffled, parties ousted and careers ended.


Tagata o te Moana for 30 May 2020

With many Pacific countries having had no cases of Covid-19, just how likely is a travel bubble with New Zealand? Fiji's main opposition is suspended for three months; A raft of constitutional reform bills before Samoa's parliament sparks a backlash; And, both Niue and Kiribati have upcoming elections.


Tagata o te Moana for 14 March 2020

This week the threat from Covid-19 came closer to home in the Pacific, with the first confirmed cases reported in French Polynesia; the West Papua National Liberation Army has been launching attacks against the operations of a major gold and copper mine, run by US company Freeport McMoran, in its war against the Indonesian state; the Cook Islands will host its first pride day this weekend, as the country's LGBT community gears up for battle to have homosexuality removed from the Crimes Act;...


Tagata o te Moana for 7 March 2020

The Covid-19 global outbreak is hurting economies in the Pacific; New Zealand's government to focus on supporting democracy in Fiji elections; where to next for the American Samoa caucus after Michael Bloomberg's withdrawal from the US Democratic Presidential Candidate race; Maori and Pacific babies bigger but leaner; jailbreaks and disease outbreak reflect dire state of PNG prisons; Solomon Islands launches new guidelines for counsellors moving to curb social media abuse.


Tagata o te Moana 29 February 2020

Papua New Guinea's prime minister warns against rushing into the Bougainville independence process; Bougainville's president keeps trying for a third term; The once immovable Gaston Flosse's bid for a political comeback in French Polynesia appears to be over; The latest on coronavirus measures from around the Pacific; Growing concern about drug trafficking, getting more indigenous voices into climate change discussions, And, making tatau safer.


Tagata o te Moana for 22 February 2020

Papua New Guinea's prime minister James Marape has embarked on a four-day state visit to New Zealand, saying he wants to elevate the relationship between the two countries; the attack on Manus Island refugees by an angry mob in Port Moresby has raised questions about refugee security in Papua New Guinea; two government MPs in Solomon Islands have lost their seats after being found guilty of bribing voters; the Fijian government has been accused of "wrecking the trade union movement" in the...


Tagata o te Moana for 15 February 2020

PNG gun buyback proposal not the answer, says former army head; How will RNZ youth proposal impact Pacific Media Network?; Indonesia urged to allow probe into displaced Papuans; Vote buying and cross-border registrations mar Solomons 2019 election - ANU; Fijian student happy to be out of Wuhan; Pacific criminalisation of homosexuality decried in NZ; EU to strengthen Pacific's fight against climate change.


Tagata o te Moana for Sat 8 Feb 2020

A fortnight on from Cyclone Tino, Tuvalu's still reeling. Half the population has been affected, its government says, while in Niue, businesses are struggling without the island's only wharf; As the Wuhan coronavirus spreads further, Pacific countries take extra steps to tighten their borders; 7000 plaintiffs in Papua New Guinea plan to sue a mining company for billions; A health provider tackles social isolation in Christchurch's Pacific community; A new theatre production in Auckland hopes...


Tagata o te Moana for 1 February 2020

Samoa's preventative measures against the new coronavirus outbreak is affecting travellers; Papua New Guinea has again maintained its position as the most corrupt country in the Pacific according to last year's global rating; Bougainvilleans hold high expectations for independence after the referendum; Drug-related domestic violence is on the rise in Tonga; And new tech will bring Tsunami detection times down from hours to minutes in the SW Pacific;Environmentalists in the Cook Islands...


Tagata o te Moana for 25 January 2020

The Marshall Islands health system struggles to cope with the country's worst-ever dengue outbreak; Samoa's measles crisis wanes, but questions remained unanswered; PNG defends itself from a damning human rights report; A noted Cook Island environmentalist sets up a new foundation; A Tongan scientist looks to boost Pasifika interest in STEM subjects; We celebrate 30 years broadcasting to the Pacific.


Tagata o te Moana for 21 December 2019

Pacific countries and climate activists are calling for an overhaul of how the world tackles climate change, after this month's round of UN negotiations ended in failure; Papua New Guinea's government has made a strong pitch of commitment to Bougainville's future following the autonomous region's historic independence vote; Samoa was warned about the threat of measles as early as March, and urged to immunise its population; a group of political protestors on Nauru, convicted on offences...


Tagata o te Moana for 14 December 2019

Samoa's Government has updated the death toll from the measles epidemic as of Friday was 72; Papua New Guinea's government is appealing to the public for patience to allow time to process Bougainville's overwhelming vote for independence; this year's climate talks in Spain come amidst the global wave of protests by young people that have swept the world; the last of the group of Nauru anti government protestors, charged over a protest more than four years ago, have been convicted and...


Tagata o te Moana for 7 December 2019

Samoa's prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi says around 40,000 jabs had been administered during the two day national shutdown for the government's mass vaccination programme; In New Zealand, leaders from Dunedin's Samoan community have met with management of the local paper to express the hurt and harm caused by a cartoon making light of the Samoa measles epidemic; As Samoa struggles to get on top of its measles outbreak, the threat is rising around the Pacific; Polling has...


Tagata o te Moana for 30 November 2019

Samoa continues to grapple with the measles as the death toll rises; Bougainville gets into nation-building mode; The son of the late Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva is now an MP; The UN is to discuss corporate human rights abuses in the Pacific; France again faces huge compensation demands over its Pacific nuclear tests; NZ strengthens Pacific relations through parliamentary forum; NZ launches a Pacific language innovation fund, An 11 year old boy is reduced to tears after being...


Tagata o te Moana for 23 November 2019

The caretaker president of the Marshall Islands says it's unconscionable that the United States kept secret key information about its nuclear tests for decades; As Bougainville holds its self-determination referendum, the mine that sparked its bloody civil war is seen as the key to potential independence from Papua New Guinea; A fundraiser has been launched in New Zealand to help families affected by the measles epidemic; Vanuatu's government is backtracking on a controversial immigration...