South Auckland

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.

Tongan child killed in community hall carpark in south Auckland

Odeliah Tonga was described as always full of energy and will be sorely missed, Stuff reported.

Police said in a statement the child died after being struck by a vehicle in a driveway in Smiths Avenue.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 5.10pm, it said.

Police also said they were still investigating the fatality.

Odeliah’s grandmother Wilhemina Laulu told media the Calvary Pentecostal Fellowship, of which her son-in-law Daniel Tonga was the pastor, had been using the hall for the past two years.

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.

South Auckland company shout 200 workers to back Tonga League team

Many members of the Tongan community also say the hype is not as intense this year compared to previous years and there are even fewer decorated houses.

But in South Auckland, for the third year in a row, a pipe manufacturing company is shouting a couple of hundred workers to back Mate Ma'a Tonga this weekend.

At Hynds Pipe system in East Tamaki, workers are gearing up for the game and they're known to take up about 6 rows in the South Stand at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.

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.

From overstayer to entrepreneur

Feleti Tu’akalau has been a chef for 22 years.

After moving to New Zealand from Tonga, he met his wife and were both living in Auckland as overstayers.

He says living as an overstayer was like being in prison, locked away from all the opportunities that New Zealand had to offer.

“People look at you as a different person but from my experience, you have to treat people the same. At the end of the day we’re all working for our own lives.”

Night of violence on South Auckland streets as Tongans attack their own

New footage has emerged of a night of shocking violence as Tongan supporters clashed using weapons and brute force following their team's victory in the much-anticipated league match against Pacific rivals Samoa.

Despite widespread appeals for calm, South Auckland's main road became a battleground bringing traffic to a standstill as scores clad in the Tongan red jersey brawled, some brandishing poles, in a series of violent fracas.

NZ Herald reports the skirmishes - which took place on Otahuhu late on Saturday night - saw victims felled by powerful punches and kicks.

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.