Tongan

Red, White & Brass – A stellar ensemble of Tongan talent coming to NZ cinemas this March

Tagata Pasifika reports the film stars John-Paul Foliaki (Popstars), Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi (The Panthers), Ilaisaane Green (Brutal Lives), Onetoto Ikavuka, Mikey Falesiu (Toke), Lupeti Finau, Lotima Pome’e (Under the Vines), and Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson (Savage). 

The American TikToker obsessed with Pasifika food and Kiwi kindness

Profit and his family spent a weekend in Timaru attending the Colgate Games recently. After the athletics meet, the family came back to their vehicle and realised they had a flat tyre. 

Tagata Pasifika reports in a video titled ‘NZ is just different’, Profit told his followers, “I was about to go out and change the tyre when my wife reminded me that we have roadside assistance, so we called them, and they told us they would be there in 15 minutes.

“It has been like, 10 people – literally 10 people, I’m not exaggerating – that has stopped and said ‘hey man, you need help?’

Tongan female stars open to following Fifita, Taumalolo's lead

The women’s World Cup in France is set to expand to 16 nations in 2025, double the current number, with the likes of Tonga, Samoa and Fiji set to come under consideration for tournament entry.

Tonga is the fourth most represented nation in the NRLW this season, however there is no official national women’s side under the Tonga National Rugby League governing body.

A Tongan women’s side last played against Niue in 2020 under a newly formed women’s board but prior to that the nation hasn’t featured in a game since the 2008 World Cup.

Paralympic gold for Adams continues family's shot put success

Breaking the Paralympic record a total of four times, Lisa eventually triumphed with a best of 15.12m, which she achieved in both the fifth and sixth rounds of the women’s F37 shot put final on Saturday (28).

“It’s a euphoric feeling,” Lisa told Athletics New Zealand. “Happy, relief, proud. Very emotional.”

That emotion could be seen as she celebrated her win with her sister, with Valerie – the two-time Olympic and four-time world shot put champion – watching in the stands of the stadium where she had won her fourth Olympic medal in a competition won by Lijiao Gong.

Fifita undergoes successful throat surgery

The surgeon carrying out the procedure informed that the surgery was successful, with Andrew expected to make a full recovery. 

A statement released by Fifita’s club Cronulla Sharks said he will now remain in ICU in the short term, before continuing his recovery in hospital. 

“Andrew's wife Nikki and the Fifita family would like to express their thanks to their many friends, Sharks members and fans and the wider rugby league community for the support and well wishes received, with the family now looking for some space and privacy during the recovery process.” 

Celebrating 114 years of Plunket - a Pacific nurse shares her passion

“Watching first-time parents gain that confidence, because you’re there from when the baby is literally newborn ‘til they’re about four. 

"So you just see that transition from being the nervous mum that’s paranoid about everything to becoming this confident mum that’s just enjoying her baby and enjoying being a mum.”

She said working alongside families and supporting their in their values and beliefs while raising their children has been a "real eye opener".

Auckland's Polyfest allows students to take 'first step' in their cultural journey

For many students, this year’s ASB Polyfest was their first chance to embrace their heritage on the grandest stage of them all.

With the Samoan and Tongan stages kicking off, it was natural some had butterflies.

"It feels good but I’m nervous at the same time," says a Year 7 St Peter's College Samoan student.

While for others, their competitive side was on show.

A Tongan student at Sacred Heart College says he joined the group to "make history, take home the dub and rep the culture".

Husband and wife write children's books to help keep Pacific languages alive

Deborah Sanerivi says she started writing the books with her husband Oka to help her own family, as well as others.

“I wrote the books simply so I could learn. I couldn’t find resources that were structured in a way that helped me to say the sentences that I wanted to say to my new little girl.

“As she got older and we started to incorporate more sentences and more of the language into her life, we realised there are more families like ours that don’t necessarily have the language base to help them speak our language or their language to their children.”

Body found on a beach identified as Auckland-based Tongan man Micheal Finekifolau

He was Auckland-based Tongan, Michael Joseph Finekifolau, aged 22.       

Western Bay of Plenty Area Response Manager Senior Sergeant Shannon Clifford said Finekifolau had not returned from a swim at Mt Maunganui on Saturday 7 November.

“Our thoughts are with his whanau at this time and Police continue to provide them with support.”

NZ Police still searching for killer of Samiuela Tupou

Samiuela Anania Tupou, 21, died at Seaside Park in Ōtāhuhu in the early hours of May 25.

He was found in critical condition and later died at the scene despite medical attention.

Stuff.co reports Tupou had just recently returned from the United States to live with his family in Mangere before he died.

No arrests have been made, police said. 

Counties Manukau CIB detective senior Sergeant Malcolm Hassall said Tupou had no criminal history and they believed the offender was not known to him.

He said investigations were ongoing.