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TP+ Wellington Samoa Golf Academy

Golf isn't a sport you see many Pacific People playing, but the Wellington Samoa Golf Academy wants to change that. The Academy is making it easier for young Pacific People to play golf by introducing the sport to them at a young age. And the Academy is already showing success with some students representing NZ at an international level.

TP+ Mate Ma’a Tonga V Australia Wrap 2018

This year Auckland once again flooded with a proud sea of red as Mate Ma’a Tonga took on the world champion Australian Kangaroos. Here’s a wrap of the historic game day, starting with the Mate Ma’a Tonga Old Boys who gathered earlier in the day. #MMT
Former NZ soldier competing in third Invictus GamesFormer NZ soldier competing in third Invictus Games
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Former NZ soldier competing in third Invictus Games

The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured or sick active duty and former service members. Among this year’s 25-strong squad representing the NZ Defence Force is amputee Faamanu Filo Leaana, who’s competing in his third games. This time, it’s his message of mental health that’s driving him.

Entertainment

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Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2018

Emerging Pacific and Māori designers from Aotearoa, Australia, Samoa and Hawai’i lit up the runway earlier this month in the third annual Pacific Fusion Fashion Show in Auckland. Soana Aholelei went along to catch the action.

News & Talanoa

Laughing Samoan Ete and Mele share their story of family violenceLaughing Samoan Ete and wife Mele share their story of family violence
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Laughing Samoan Ete and wife Mele share their story of family violence

Rarely do we hear perpetrators of violence speak, and couples who have lived through violence and come out the other side. In this candid interview with Marama T-Pole, Eteuati Ete, one half of the Laughing Samoans, and his wife Mele share their story. *If you or someone you know might need help, check out www.areyouok.org.nz or call their information line 0800 456 450*

Education

Is NCEA working for our students?

New Zealand’s secondary school qualification NCEA is currently under review, and there’s still time to have your say. As Reina Va’ai reports, there’s plenty for Pasifika teachers and learners to think about. Have your say: https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/ncea-have-your-say/

Talanoa: Teachers’ pay and work conditions

Despite the Government’s efforts to sort out pay and conditions for teachers, both primary and secondary teachers are disgruntled about what’s been offered. Joining Marama T-Pole for this week’s talanoa is Karl Vasau, a member of the NZEI Principals Council and NZ Pasifika Principals Association, and Natalie Faitala, exec member on the PPTA and English teacher at Wesley College.

Teachers unhappy with pay offer

Primary school teachers will decide whether to take part in a series of strikes next week, after the teachers and principals union voted to reject the Government’s latest pay offer.

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