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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.
Mate Ma’a Tonga Fan DayMate Ma’a Tonga Fan Day
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Mate Ma’a Tonga Fan Day

It’s a full house for tonight’s historic rugby league match between Mate Ma’a Tonga and Australian Kangaroos. Earlier in the week, Tongan rugby league fans got a chance to get up close and personal with some of their heroes. #MMT More on tpplus.co.nz

Manukau South Volleyball Club

Manukau South Volleyball Club is an all Polynesian women’s squad producing some of the country’s best volleyball players. Alistar Kata met the driving force behind the team and champions of the game in the Pacific community, coaches Vai and Nancy Palelei.

Entertainment

Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2018Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2018
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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.

Fale Dojo: New Zealand Strong Style

Fale Dojo, 'the home of New Zealand strong style', is the South Auckland wrestling gym founded by Tongan NJPW superstar The Underboss - Toks Fale aka Bad Luck Fale. As Karima Fai'ai found out, its unique approach to training is already impressing new recruits.
Samoan Graeme Isaako is AladdinSamoan Graeme Isaako is Aladdin
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Samoan Graeme Isaako is Aladdin

Disney’s smash hit Broadway musical Aladdin is heading to our shores this summer, and Auckland-born Samoan Graeme Isaako has landed the lead role. Johnson Raela met the dancer, singer and actor as he shared his excitement about bringing the show home.

News & Talanoa

Mate Ma’a Tonga Fan DayMate Ma’a Tonga Fan Day
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Mate Ma’a Tonga Fan Day

It’s a full house for tonight’s historic rugby league match between Mate Ma’a Tonga and Australian Kangaroos. Earlier in the week, Tongan rugby league fans got a chance to get up close and personal with some of their heroes. #MMT More on tpplus.co.nz
Talanoa: Mental Health AwarenessTalanoa: Mental Health Awareness
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Talanoa: Mental Health Awareness

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Joining Marama T-Pole for our talanoa is Denise Kingi-ulu'ave, Clinical Manager and Senior Research Lead at Le Va, and Leilani Clarke, Manager of Suicide Prevention at Le Va.

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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