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Taking ownership of your language

posted: 7:30 pm - 21st July 2019

For the past four years, CIDANZ Business Improvement Manager Janet Akai has led the facilitation of Cook Islands Language Week – ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani, working alongside the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP). She has been instrumental in planning this year’s Language Week which starts on August 4 and concludes August 10. Read more

Toloa Scholarship opens door to Asia-Pacific opportunity

posted: 7:00 pm - 21st July 2019

Receiving a Toloa Scholarship has opened up a world of opportunity for William Ti'iti'i Asiata, who recently was part of the New Zealand delegation to attend the 33rd Asia-Pacific Roundtable (33APR). Read more

Pacific Games spurs unity in the region

posted: 6:00 pm - 21st July 2019

For Geraldynn (Dynn) Malama Leaupepe, representing Samoa in women’s basketball at the 2019 Pacific Games was a proud moment not only for her, but her family, which is spread across the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Read more

Cook Islands language central to cultural identity

posted: 8:00 pm - 14th July 2019

The Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand, Her Excellency Elizabeth Wright-Koteka is a firm believer that knowing the language of the country you claim heritage to, is central to your identity. Read more

Recognising the different needs for Pacific in regions

posted: 7:30 pm - 14th July 2019

Napier local Charles Faletutulu says the growing Pacific population in the Hawke’s Bay has very different needs to those who live in bigger cities such as Auckland and Wellington. Read more