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NZ teams at the Kabaddi World Cup
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NZ teams at the Kabaddi World Cup

The inaugural indoor Kabaddi World Cup is underway in Malaysia featuring 56 teams from all over the world including two from New Zealand. New Zealand Women's team have already made a name for themselves internationally, but this is the first time we've sent a Men's squad. Karima caught up with them before they left.

Sports

The Pacific rugby prospects of TaranakiThe Pacific rugby prospects of Taranaki
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The Pacific rugby prospects of Taranaki

Samoan Maualaivao Jack Kirifi is on a mission to grow the profile of Pacific people in Taranaki through rugby - not only on the field but off as well. Anauli Karima Fai'ai went to the region to find out more.
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TP+ Pacific Illustrated

The boom in Pacific islands talent gracing the Australian sporting scene led Samoan Anj Mariner to creating Pacific Illustrated. In his own words, the Sydney-sider wanted to showcase their talent and their stories. TP+ caught up with Mariner in Sydney for this peek at his work.
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TP+ 2019 Halberg Awards

The best of the best in New Zealand sport were recognised at the 2019 Halberg Awards last week. Weightlifter David Liti was among those nominated, and shot putter Madison Lee-Wesche took the Emerging Talent Award. But the highlight of the night went to sporting legend Beatrice Faumuina, who was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.
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TP+ Ma’a Nonu to start in Blues season opener

The Super Rugby kicks off tomorrow as the Chiefs take on the Highlanders in Hamilton. Then on Saturday The Blues come up against two-time defending champions the Crusaders at Eden Park. Saturday's match sees Ma'a Nonu's return to the Blues after three years playing for Toulon in France.

Entertainment

TIPENE FUNERALS DRAFTThe Casketeers star Francis Tipene
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The Casketeers star Francis Tipene

A funeral director is traditionally not a career many Pasifika people choose, but a reality TV show ‘The Casketeers’ has allowed viewers an insight into the funeral business. John Pulu spent a day with one of the stars, Tongan-Māori Francis Tipene, who is the co-owner of Tipene Funerals in Auckland.
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Soldiers Without Guns

A new documentary , Soldiers Without Guns, has been released that retells the brutal history of the Bougainville Civil war which arose when Australia mining company Rio Tinto bulldozed there way on traditional lands to create the world’s largest copper mine. The mine would be the genesis of a bloody war that would last for ten years until NZ Soldiers armed not with guns but guitars intervened.

News & Talanoa

Easter Talanoa

Rev Fei Taulealeausumai Davis joins Marama and John in studio to talk about the importance of Easter and how recent events have tested and divided our Pacific christian community.

Cook Islands Nurse Louisa Akavi

Missing Cook Islands Red Cross nurse Louisa Akavi is no stranger to high-risk situations. After returning from Iraq in 2003, she spoke with Tagata Pasifika's Sandra Kailahi about what drives her to the world's hot-spots.

Education

The South Auckland academy helping Pacific youth into work

The Oceania Career Academy is a training school focused on equipping our youth with a trade qualification. Based in Māngere, the school is a subsidiary of The Fono health clinic, and delivers NZQA-level vocational training. As John Pulu found out, it prepares young people for more than just the work force.
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TP+ Ep 10: Trades vs Professions

Tradies vs professionals – which would you rather be? Business director Jerome Mika, youth worker and former scaffolder Matalena O’Mara and engineering CEO Saia Latu have their say in this week's panel.

Events

Pacific Region

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Soldiers Without Guns

A new documentary , Soldiers Without Guns, has been released that retells the brutal history of the Bougainville Civil war which arose when Australia mining company Rio Tinto bulldozed there way on traditional lands to create the world’s largest copper mine. The mine would be the genesis of a bloody war that would last for ten years until NZ Soldiers armed not with guns but guitars intervened.