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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 o te Moana for 17 July 2021

Fiji's health system is starting to crack under the pressure of an escalating Covid-19 crisis, Samoa Court of Appeal holding urgent hearing on multiple defied rulings to convene parliament;Vanuatu's prime minister Bob Loughman and 18 other government MPs have lost an important appeal case; Workers rights advocates in Fiji have labelled the government's Covid-19 response as being "more of a fire brigade approach"; We speak with the secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum about regional...


Tagata o te Moana for 10 July 2021

Concern in Fiji as Covid deaths accelerate; New Caledonia has elected its first pro-independence Kanak president; We hear concerns from some ordinary Samoan citizens tired of the political crisis there; Bougainville and Papua New Guinea andvance their independence referendum negotiations; NZ's healthcare system racist towards Pasifika - Report; Pacific banking network shrinking at twice the global rate.


Tagata o te Moana for 3 July 2021

A Samoan academic in New Zealand says despite the caretaker prime minister's defiance, Samoa's political impasse will most likely be resolved next week; It's week 12 of the Samoa political crisis and, and in the latest development MPs are resigning from their seats to force by-elections; Fijians have been warned that unless more of them take the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic seriously, many more deaths will occur; The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition is calling on Pacific Island leaders to...


Tagata O Te Moana for 19 June 2021

Pasifika high school students report the worst housing deprivation in the country; There's growing suspicion in Fiji that a number of recent deaths caused by Covid-19, have not been officially counted by the health authorities; Creative New Zealand's latest research shows positive attitudes towards the arts have hit an all-time-high; A Niuean church elder has shared his horrid experience in state care this week with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care; Health authorities in...


Tagata O Te Moana for 15 May 2021

NZ urged to cut defense ties with Indonesia; Questions raised about RSE scheme as more workers approved; Valuing the wealth of PNG's natural environment; Solomons passport renewal service opens in New Zealand; Pacific economies forecast to head back into growth; Rotumans mark 140 years of language and culture.


Tagata o te Moana for 8 May 2021

We check in on the court battles in Samoa's fraught political standoff with a new election on the cards; Concerns in Papua New Guinea that an increase in sorcery accusations may be linked to Covid-19 deaths; Cook Islands travel bubble with New Zealand to open this month;Warnings over Jakarta's move to classify Papuan independence fighters as terrorists; Greenpeace says the New Zealand government should step in and stop its dairy industry from using Palm Oil Kernel Expeller as a supplementary...


Tagata o te Moana for 1 May 2021

Doctors in Papua New Guinea say the Covid-19 situation there is only getting worse; The UN children's agency warns the situation in Timor-Leste is dire as the government struggles to cope with the impacts of the recent floods and Covid-19; The leader of the Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, or FAST party, in Samoa, expects a decision from the Supreme court by next Friday on the issue of the sixth woman MP; Human rights activists in Papua fear indigenous civilians will bear the brunt of any...


Tagata O Te Moana for 17 April 2021

Controversial legislation only the tip of the iceberg in Samoan election;Pacific countries press ahead with AstraZeneca rollout; New Caledonia to hold third independence referendum; PNG goes with the devil it knows over large gold mine; Pacific rugby players lining up for Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika teams; Government announces new funding for Pasifika Mental health services; Pacific Trust proposing new location for multi-purpose Pacific venue.


Tagata O Te Moana for 13 March 2021

PNG approves vaccine as it struggles to contain Covid-19; Warning against Draft Bill turning Fiji into police state; Tuvalu govt seeking financial immortality on the blockchain; Concerns are raised about changes to policy for having Tongan language in schools; Vale nickel plant in New Caledonia expected to reopen soon; Norfolk Islanders urge Scott Morrison to restore their autonomy;Auckland's heritage to be honoured at arts festival.


Tagata o te Moana for 6 March 2021

Samoa opposition MP calls Prime minister's accusations of treason an election ploy; New claims of sexual abuse by the clergy surface in Fiji;We hear of Pasifika communities contribution to fighting Covid-19, one year on;Aust frees more refugees but they have a tough roade ahead; Entrepreneurship flourishing in Fiji amid pandemic; Sebastien Lecornu says France stands ready for a new accord in New Caledonia; Marshall Islands is leading the region's Covid-19 vaccination roll out.


Tagata o te Moana for 27 February 2021

PNG mourns the passing of 'founding father' Sir Michael Somare; Still no consensus on presidential candidate in New Caledonia; What next for Pacific regionalism?; Marshallese adults likely to be vaccinated by end of June;Fiji worried extended border closures could affect its boating tourism lifeline;One in four Pasifika children living in households experiencing material hardship;Bougainville MP wants to re-awaken community innovation; Player welfare front of mind for PNG Hunters.


Tagata o te Moana for 20 February 2021

Change in New Caledonia government brings hope to Kanak people; Samoa govt accused of negligence ahead of lethal 2019 measles outbreak; Fiji AG accuses deported vice chancellor of breaching work permit; World warned of nutrition crisis: Pacific children hardest-hit; Fiji urges one-way travel bubble with NZ, Aust; Deepsea mining interests move fast on slow-evolving Pacific ecosystem; Tongan community group hope Te Papa exihibition inspired others.


Tagata o te Moana for 13 February 2021

Palau president says Micronesian exit from Forum a wake up call for the Pacific;Forum split could hurt Pacific's global leadership on climate and oceans;Samoa's prime minister has gone public with his desire to re-home the University of the South Pacific;Ocean scientists say the importance of providing Pacific governments with accurate data about the potential impacts of deep sea mining cannot be underestimated;Uncertainty has increased in New Caledonia where the government has collapsed...


Tagata o te Moana for 6 February 2021

Palau's president says it is preparing to leave the Pacific Islands Forum; Deported vice-chancellor of regional university says he is still in charge; Tonga passes on New Zealand seasonal work scheme; Digicel's Pacific telecommunications portfolio reportedly poised for sale; A Judge calls for more action on alcohol abuse in Samoa;Amnesty challenges Nauru to walk the talk on human rights situation;New research looks at enhancing sexual education for Pacific communities.


Tagata o te Moana 30 January 2021

US Pacific states and territories leading vaccination roll-out; Pasifika nous to be tapped for NZ vaccination rollout;Pressure building in New Caledonia as nickel crisis continues AND New research looks at climate change impacts on Pacific urbanisation.


Tagata o te Moana for 19 December 2020

A special edition of Tagata o te Moana taking stock of the damage in Fiji caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa; Much of Samoa is cleaning up after days of intense rainfall caused widespread flooding; PNG prime ministers survives leadership challenge; Pacific leaders call out Australia's lack of ambition over urgent climate action; Six line up to chase Bougainville regional seat in PNG parliament; Pacific digestive health training continues despite Covid-19 restrictions; Solomons appoints first...


Tagata o te Moana for 12 December 2020

A leadership showdown is looming in Papua New Guinea with the opposition calling for the PM's resignation;Fiji opposition still reeling from Rabuka's sudden exit from parliament;Tonga is also experiencing some political strife with a no confidence motion in the offing;Australia's high court overules the government's attempt to limit refugees access to the court system;West Papua independence movement is being tested from within;Tuna stocks in the Eastern Pacific are facing an unprecedented...


Tagata o te Moana for 5 December 2020

Ava ceremony offers glimpse at aspirations of NZ's Pasifika MPs; A call for Pasifika victims of abuse to seek Royal Commission of Inquiry; Several of the Pacific region still contending with concerning covid-19 figures; UN disturbed by violence in West Papua; NZ opens up pathway for trial shipments of Tongan watermelon; Cook Islanders walk around Rarotonga to promote healthy lifestyle; PNG Supreme Court to decide on political standoff; Lack of awareness, stigma hinder HIV fight in Pacific;...


Tagata o te Moana for 28 November 2020

Scramble for covid vaccine access - how will Pacific countries fare?; Samoa registers a covid-19 case while Guam's high number of infections continues to rise; Isolated Pitcairn not immune from Covid effect; PNG political wrestle thrust into uncertainty as MPs test positive; Staff suspended amid claims of child abuse at prominent Fiji school; RSE workers will be guaranteed a living wage in new border exemption; Pasifika and Maori falling through gaps in NZ Basketball; Virtural Museum aims to...