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A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music.

A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music.
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Wellington, New Zealand


A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music.




Pacific news, features, interviews and music.

Tagata o te Moana for 20 October 2018

Ouvea voters ponder New Caledonia independence vote; Greater autonomy for Bougainville still to be defined; Call for transparency in PNG government luxury car deals; NZ's Pacific Minister wants to formalise relationship with Maori; New report details illegal logging in Solomon Islands; Vanuatu and NZ parole boards meet for exchange of ideas; Nauru 19 believe government still operating "blacklist'.


Tagata o te Moana for 13 October 2018

Temperature rise threatens the very fabric of Pacific communities; a medical charity is kicked off Nauru; the UN revisits French Polynesia's decolonisation push; Niue's Premier blames New Zealand for his governments shoody book keeping; and the push for France to be held accountable for its nuclear test legacy.


Tagata o te Moana for 6 October 2018

Passenger on plane that crashed off Chuuk wants answers; Indonesia hits out at Vanuatu at the UN over West Papua; Importance of indigenous views on climate change stressed; Aid advocates dismiss "leeches" comment; Papua New Guinea's polio outbreak has claimed its first fatality; NZ Pacific arts trust sees board reshuffle as victims speak out; NZ MPs support gender progress in Melanesian parliaments; Leaked documents illustrate Fiji coup moves; Tuvalu heritage on show in Auckland gallery.


Tagata o te Moana for 29 September 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs says the importance of the Pacific to New Zealand's security and well-being should not be underestimated; The Pacific Islands have continued to draw the world's attention to their plight from climate change at the United Nations General Assembly this week; An investigation into allegations of corruption in Tokelau has been prevented by a backlog of unaudited government accounts; The non-government group, Jubilee Australia, wants Bougainvilleans to discard any...


Tagata o te Moana for 15 September 2018

Northern Marianas appeals court ruling for US Navy relocation in the region... Samoa Supreme Court judge speaks out against reinstating corporal punishment in schools... Migrant factory workers in South Auckland claim exploitation by Sistema... West Papua urges New Caledonia's indigenous to vote for indepence.. And an Australian lawyer welcomes permanent stay on charges for protesters in Nauru.


Tagata o te Moana for 8 September 2018

The leaders of the 18 Pacific countries and territories that make up the Forum ended their summit in Nauru by signing a major commitment on regional security; Journalists who attended the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru have been criticised for focusing on refugees; The Papua New Guinea and Bougainville governments can't agree just what question to ask in the Bougainville referendum on possible independence; Pasifika university scholars are burdened with 'invisible cultural labour' says a New...


Tagata o te Moana for 1 September 2018

What does the future hold for the evacuees of Vanuatu's volcanic Ambae Island?; The Australian appointed to run Fiji's police force in the wake of the 2000 coup, has died after a battle with bowel cancer. A former senior Fiji diplomat says he was well respected in the country but his time there was tumultuous, leading to the illness which overcame him; Problem gambling advocates in New Zealand are calling for electronic gaming machines to be eliminated in vulnerable communities like South...


Tagata o te Moana for 25 August 2018

New Zealand's first Pacific Pharmacists' Association has launched with support from PHARMAC, the New Zealand government's drug-funding agency; the South Pacific is a key focus for a new fellowship established to help convey previously untold histories from New Zealand and the region; a South Auckland teacher is using the stories of Pacific heroes to help lift learning and achievement rates for Pacific kids in New Zealand; the conversation surrounding the possible independence of Chuuk from...


Tagata o te Moana for 18 August 2018

Many rural communities in Papua New Guinea's Highlands region remain traumatised and in need of help nearly six months on from a major earthquake; There is ongoing mystery surrounding a church in Fiji , labelled a cult and accused of slavery; Facebook, in a protracted battle to keep its users safe from abuse, is investigating the case of a Samoan woman who claims she received death threats; Pacific islands are being urged to consider following Hawaii and ban certain sunscreens to protect...


Tagata o te Moana for 11 August

A State of Emergency remains in place on the Vanuatu island of Ambae until the 26th September 2018 following an increase in volcanic activity in late July; The Bishop of Mendi says Southern Highlanders are showing great resilience after February's major earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands; More than three quarters of sexual crimes against children in Papua New Guinea's capital never make it to trial because of problems gathering evidence; A nurse in Samoa is facing criminal charges...


Tagata o te Moana for 4 August 2018

A book written in detention by a refugee on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island is a work of art before being an act of resistance, the author says; An Australian human rights lawyer has grave concerns that continued interference by immigration officials in the medical care of Nauru and Manus detainees could result in the death of a child; Indonesia's government has dismissed a claim by the West Papuan independence movement that it is interfering in politics of Pacific Island countries. This...


Tagata o te Moana for 28 July 2018

A new state of emergency is declared in Vanuatu as people prepare to evacuate Ambae; A high likelihood medical error was to blame for the deaths of two infants in Samoa following their MMR vaccinations; Pacific voice aims to drive global climate concensus; Anti-corruption group cautiously welcomes Solomons legislation; How Christianity spread rapidly across the Pacific; US should help Pacific counter China influence - academic; NZ and China neighbours in Samoa waterfront buildup; Efforts...


Tagata o te Moana for 21 July 2018

A WHO vaccine expert asks Samoans to continue with immunisations for their children despite infant deaths; Aid sent to Vanuatu's Ambae as fresh volcanic activity hits; We look back at one of the Pacific's worst natural disasters that struck 20 years ago; NZ's aid efforts come under scrutiny; Renewed calls for an evacuation of the Nauru and Manus asylum seeker camps; We visit a Sikh Temple in South Auckland that's breaking down cultural barriers; Tonga's shirtless star aims for a third...


Tagata o te Moana for 14 July 2018

Investigations into the deaths of two Samoa infants just hours after they had been immunised for measles, mumps and rubella are continuing ; A security analyst says the recent discovery of significant hauls of cocaine in Fiji and Tonga will have barely dented the supply being smuggled across the Pacific; Vanuatu's ground breaking ban on single-use plastics began this month and environmental campaigners including the government are setting their sights on new targets; Kiribati ancestral...


Tagata o te Moana for 7 July 2018

A documentary aimed at creating awareness about the effects of climate change on nations has triggered a political debate in Kiribati; Pacific Media Alliance says a ban imposed by Nauru on ABC journalists attending the Forum summit is a worrying development; Three new MPs sworn in, and Cook Islands Party forms a government by the narrowest margin; The world's largest maritime military exercise, RIMPAC, gets underway in the Pacific but without China; Papua New Guinea has seen a dramatic...


Tagata o te Moana for 29 June 2018

A Niuean woman from South Auckland says the New Zealand health system disadvantages Pacific people; a phone helpline for women experiencing violence in Papua New Guinea says thousands have used the service but the problem continues to affect nearly every woman in the country at some point during her lifetime; an economist in Fiji says one off grants in the Fiji budget are look good policies which won't address people's concerns about the high cost of living; Samoa will become the latest...


Tagata o te Moana for 23 June 2018

We hear that sugar taxes are starting to work for the Pacific; Political and tribal violence compounds struggles in PNG's quake-hit Highlands; A PNG domestic violence helpline says the issue is widespread; Fears that Nauru's government is lurching towards authoritarianism; The WHO says thousands are affected by dengue outbreaks in Pacific; Rarotonga gets a new mobile health clinic servicing


Tagata o te Moana for 16 June 2018

Papua New Guinea's government has declared a state of emergency in Southern Highlands province after supporters of losing candidates in the regional election went on a rampage in the provincial capital; A look at the impact of 40 years of Fijian participation in the UN's peacekeeping forces and militarism on Fijian society; There are calls for a formal system to help the descendants of blackbirded Pacific Islanders find their relatives; The largest church in Samoa has locked horns with the...


Tagata o te Moana for 9 June 2018

Doctors and nurses in Papua New Guinea call for help as hospital stocks run out; Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to cause havoc; Cook Islanders vote next week in the general election; RSE workers from Solomon Islands seen as vital for a New Zealand orchard; Fiji's successes at COP23 are tempered by slow pace of talks; Pasifika entrepreneurs in New Zealand are calling for more initiatives to get their people into business; Pitcairners hope for the return of a cannon from HMS Bounty up...