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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.


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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 23 September 2023

Lack of civic education leads NZ school leavers 'ill-equipped'; Pacific climate champion says big countries lack 'ambition'; Flying Fijians overjoyed after historic win over Australia in Rugby World Cup; PNG struggle to bring HIV infection rates down; Delay in plans for Rarotonga's mural project; Medical student aims to improve Canterbury healthcare for rheumatic fever patients; Dunedin chocolate factory pledges support for Pacific koko growers.


Tagata O Te Moana for 16 September 2023

Plans to increase health workforce in NZ 'doesn't go far enough' - Dr Collin Tukuitonga; Large scale logging continues in PNG despite Govt opposition; Pacific nations struggling to retain trained nurses; Young Maori and Pasifika performers take the stage for Otago Polyfest; Mana Moana musical showcase heads to Auckland.


Tagata o te Moana for 9 September 2023

The Pasifika community in New Zealand's south island discuss issues ahead of elections; RNZ Pacific reporter speaks out on bribery during MSG trip; We speak with the international advocacy group helping the Banaban community find justice; Australia's new international development policy 'a missed opportunity'; A new gardening club led by a Tongan church emerges in East Auckland's Tamaki area.


Tagata o te Moana for 2 September 2023

New Zealand's major political parties are vying for Pasifika votes come election day; NZ universities sets deadlines to eliminate disparities; A new documentary shows a softer side of Pasifika rugby players.


Tagata O Te Moana for 26 August 2023

'Pacific leaders are committed to holding Japan to account': PIF secretary-general, Anti-climatic ending for the Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders meeting, Maui locals want to see the return of tourists, Thousands in Bougainville remain displaced following Mt Bagana eruption, New Zealand's housing crisis persists after four decades, Aupito William Sio exits NZ Parliament after 16 years.


Tagata o te Moana for 19 August 2023

Manus Island murder witness wants justice; Maui fires exacerbates Hawaii's housing crisis; Banaban community seeks apology from NZ govt; Dead humpback whale washed up in Cook Islands; NZ's gender pay gap legislation needs to consider Pacific people.


Tagata O Te Moana for 12 August 2023

Maui fire survivors recall terrifying moments in Lahaina, political impasse emerges in Vanuatu's parliament, Fiji leaders adamant that the country is safe amidst travel advisories, Pasifika music stars celebrated in the heart of South Auckland, Women-led initiative delivers water for all in Marshall Islands.


Tagata o te Moana for 5 August 2023

A Solomon Islands newspaper has agreed to promote China in exchange for cash; Cook Islands Language Week for 2023 is in full swing in New Zealand; French president announces plans for the first embassy in Polynesia.


Tagata O Te Moana for 29 July 2023

The fate of the deep ocean discussed in Jamaica, former refugee calls for a Royal Commission into Australia's handling of refugees, power and water returns in parts of Guam post-typhoon, breast cancer mortality rates still high among Maori and Pasifika women, Cook Islands filmmaker explores ancestral mountains through new doco and Fiji fast becoming a popular business destination for outsourcing.


Tagata o te Moana for 22 July 2023

Fiji bar owner denies staff are untrained following drowning incident; The International Seabed Authority meets in Jamaica; Bougainville: Mt Bagana eruption threatens crops and rivers; Nauru govt declares detonating WW2 old bomb as 'dangerous'; Bougainville meeting delayed - moderator may be called in; New Zealand and Australia reject claims by the Solomon Islands prime minister; New app launched aimed to help Kiwi men overcome violence.


Tagata o te Moana for 15 July 2023

The significance of Matariki in the Cook Islands; 'What Kiribati language week means to me': Vaitoa Mallon; Pacific Community leaders urges NZ govt to ban dawn raids; IAEA Director adamant Japan's wastewater plan meets 'safety requirements'; Moana Pasifika announces new head coach; TV show launches third season exploring NZ's gospel music scene.


Tagata o Te Moana for Sat 8 July 2023

Solomon Islands celebrates 45 years of Independence; Indonesia's Presidents visits PNG amid growing concerns over West Papua; Pacific presence felt at climate summit in London; Number of experts deem Japan's nuclear wastewater plan is 'safe'; Fund to help sorcery victims in PNG 'urgently needed'; Vanuatu beach volleyball team share secrets to their success.


Tagata o te Moana for 1 July 2023

Fiji uni students pardoned in this year's 'compassionate' budget; Tonga Parliament passes budget; Pressure grows for shipping industry to decarbonise ahead of climate summit; Aspiring basketballer could face deportation to Tonga; Woman kidnapped in PNG earlier this year speaks out; 'Race against time'.


Tagata o te Moana for 24 June 2023

High Seas Treaty 'critical' for the world's wellbeing - United Nations; Calls for independence gains traction at UN's decolonisation meeting; Anti-nuclear movements need to return to the table says activist; Experts from NZ, Aust and Taiwan weigh in on Japan's nuclear wastewater project; 'An organisation with staggering debt levels' - Fiji Rugby Union Chair; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra arrives in Tonga for its first Pacific tour.


Tagata O Te Moana for 17 June 2023

Outbreak of Influenza in Guam's evac centres weeks on from typhoon; Pacific journo's urged not to be swayed by geopolitical narratives; Fulbright scholar becomes the first Kanak to graduate from Harvard Law School; PNG Minister committs to tabling Bougainville referendum Samoan women's football club captures hearts at league tournament.


Tagata O Te Moana for 10 June 2023

Tonga's rugby union coach believes team has serious x-factor for world cup. Fifteen Pasifika people recognised in King's Birthday Honours list. Fiji and NZ strengthen bilateral relations.


Tagata o te Moana for 3 June 2023

Princess Siu'ilikutapu a champion for women's rights; Refugee advocates concerned about 'slow process' for Nauru refugees; Oscar Temaru corruption conviction annulled; Cook Islands 2023 budget increases minimum wage; New disaster warning system in place for Tonga; Samoan journalist captures personal journey of the Tatau.


Tagata o te Moana for 27 May 2023

Coming up...Tokelau went into lockdown on Friday Tokelau after confirmation of their first community case of Covid-19 case; Also..We check in on the recovery effort in the Northen Mariana Islands after Typhoon Mawar; And later on...We sitdown with Iam Tongi the first Pasifika singer to win American Idol.


Tagata o te Moana for 20 May 2023

Pacific leaders are starting to trickle into Papua New Guinea (PNG) ahead of two high level meetings; New Zealand's Pacific package in its annual budget focuses on strengthening the Pasifika workforce; Tongan triplets graduate from Victoria University's law school; Apology for Girmitya descendents a 'major step for unity'; Moetai Brotherson of the pro-independence Tavini Huira'atira party has been elected president of French Polynesia for a five-year term; Medicinal cannabis in Cook Islands likely to be available in June; USP gearing up for "watershed" Lapita conference.