05 August -
11 August 2007
Asenati Lole-Taylor; Samoa Auckland City Community Fono (SACCF);
SACCF with Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Lupesoli’ai Malielegaoi
Apia, Samoa (Photos: Asenati Lole-Taylor)
11 August 2007 -
Source: Asenati Lole-Taylor
Pacific Islands Board Auckland City (PIBAC) agreed
at their last night’s meeting that it is time to go
back to their respective communities and give them
an update on developments so far.
At the same time, PIBAC will also utilise the
opportunity to increase participation and
involvement of Pacific communities in Council
decision making activities through the presentations
of various topics. Dates have been confirmed for
these Pacific public fono to be held on 27th August,
and 17th September with starting time of 6.00pm.
One of PIBAC’s main objectives was to improve the
way in which Council communicates with their Pacific
peoples. More details on these fono will be
confirmed shortly, and the community will be advised
of venues and finalised programme accordingly.
There will be opportunity for all Pacific candidates
standing for local government election to be invited
to speak at these fono in order for our communities
to hear their aspiration and strategies if they are
elected later this year.
The fono will provide the Pacific community with an
opportunity to ask questions to all of our
candidates, and to increase the awareness of our
people about why they need to enrol in the electoral
roll. This will give the opportunity for our Pacific
people to get a better understanding on services
delivered by the Auckland City Council.
The more that our Pacific communities know about
what council does, the better they can be aware of
the need for their involvement and participation in
influencing the decisions that Council makes.
Samoa Auckland City Community Fono (SACCF) flying
visit to Samoa was a great success. Flying
Polynesian Blue Airlines means SACCF acknowledges
the importance of supporting the national airline of
Samoa, and all things that are Samoan. It is crucial
that our Samoan people contribute to the economic
development of Samoa by supporting Polynesian Blue
All 14 members of the SACCF fono attended their
August monthly fono that was held in Apia and hosted
by the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) and their Chief
Executive Matatamalii Sonja Hunter on Thursday 2nd
August local time.
A presentation by STA on the current plans by the
Samoa government which focuses on promoting Samoa as
an ideal tourist destination, as well as asking the
members of SACCF to assist in raising the profile of
Samoa as an ideal destination for holiday makers.
Members of SACCF are proud to acknowledge that their
homeland of Samoa has led with stability and
consistency in the Pacific, due to the astute
leadership of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai
Malielegaoi Sailele and its government.
Members of SACCF were also given the opportunity to
meet with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoli’ai
Malielegaoi Sailele, who endorsed the SACCF’s
strategic plan and acknowledged the excellent
development by the group.
The Samoan Prime Minister encouraged all members of
the SACCF to continue with the fantastic work so
far, and would like to see more of our Samoan people
excel in New Zealand. In his words, where there is
“tofa mamao” (sub-conscious) there is long term
sustainability of success.
Successful graduation for participation of the
Pasefika Legends story telling at Auckland Region
Women’s Corrections Facility yesterday, Tuesday 7th
The final phase of the pilot for this Pacific
programme was completed with a successful graduation
of 10 women who participated in this 8 weeks course.
Community leaders and families of the participants
attended in support of the event and to witness the
development of the Pacific women in prison after
Rev. Leiite Setefano led the event with a sauniga
lotu, and words of thanksgiving for the work that
went into this programme. According to Rev. Setefano,
this programme generates a lot of excitement for all
Pacific Islands, because it is an area of great
interests to our Pacific peoples. He became so
emotional with the presentation by the women in
prison which included different legends from Pacific
The performance presentations included:
• Samoan Legend of Alao and his wife and their
children Saveasiuleo, Salevaogogo, and
• Tongan legend was Maui and his son Tiitiiatalaga
who brought the fire from the underworld of Pulotu
to the rest of Tongan Island,
• Niuean legend of the Woman that was swollen by the
whale and ended up in Tonga, and ended up sharing
her expertise in arts and crafts with the Tongan
• Cook Islands legend of Ina and the gift from the
Eel god, the coconut.
Facilitators Rev. Ionatana Pouli Lefale and Auomala
Epati Lefale delivered the programme in a way that
made it so exciting with the inclusion of Pacific
dances from the different Pacific Islands to support
their respective legends. It was an impressive
performance by everyone.
“As the programme catalyst and coordinator, I am
pleased to see the success of this programme. We
were able to record the graduation, and we had the
participants being interviewed to give their own
personal accounts of what they have achieved or got
out of the programme. The feedback will be used to
improve and shaped Pacific Programmes in order for
the Department of Corrections to continue to promote
the implementation of these programmes throughout
the Prison Service.”
Community and residents will have a say on the
future of Otahuhu.
An opportunity for the Otahuhu’s community to have a
say on a plan that will guide the town’s future
development following endorsement of the draft
document by Auckland City Council’s USG Committee.
The draft Otahuhu liveable community plan aims to
establish the right conditions to promote economic
growth, create new jobs, provide for an additional
1000 new homes over the next 15 years to accommodate
a growing population, improve access to public
transport choices for residents and create a high
quality living environment.
This will give the community a unique prospect to
shape how the town grows and changes over the next
two decades. Key proposals in the draft plan include
supporting the upgrade of the rail station and
development of a nearby park-and-ride facility,
completing the Otahuhu recreation precinct to
include a recreation centre, aquatic centre and
It is important to protect Otahuhu’s heritage,
particularly the portage and the town’s volcanic
landscape and support for the gradual transition of
Otahuhu’s Station Rd business area into an office
activity area, and more.
Buckwheat performing on stage at Slide in Sydney; Buckwheat has been
one of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation’s most recognised faces and will
be sadly missed.
(Photos: Morgan Carpenter / New Zealand AIDS Foundation)
Buckwheat bows out after
nine years of service
10 August 2007 -
Source: NZ AIDS Foundation Press Release
Edward Cowley, aka internationally-renowned drag
diva Buckwheat, is to leave his role at the New
Zealand AIDS Foundation on October 5, after nearly
nine-and-a-half years of service to the community in
One of the Foundation’s most recognisable faces, he
says that after nearly ten years in his respective
roles working for the Pacific Peoples Project and
Gay Men’s Health, it’s time for a change of
Edward began work for NZAF full time in 1998, as one
of the first community educators on the
then-fledgling Pacific Peoples Project. He was
involved in producing several safe sex resources
which are seen around the world, and remain in high
demand. “I’m also particularly proud of the inroads
we made into the churches, talking openly about HIV
and sexuality in what can be a difficult
environment,” he says.
Working with people has been “the greatest
satisfaction” of his time at NZAF, he says, as well
as a commitment to changing attitudes and behaviour.
“Change can take a long time, particularly in
Pacific communities,” he says. “Working in the gay
community is a big job too, but if you’re going to
succeed you can’t think of it like that. You have to
take it in small steps.”
Once finishing up with NZAF, he’ll be expanding his
work with Pacific communities with motivational
training and projects for the Ministry of Social
Development - and of course, continuing to glam up
the skies as his alter-ego, Buckwheat. “Last year’s
Pink Flight to Sydney Mardi Gras from Auckland was
really successful, so there’s now going to be a
second one from Vancouver and San Francisco,” he
says. “I’ll be making two trips next year!”
Edward says he will continue to be involved in the
Foundation’s work, including a key role in helping
promote the upcoming Gay Men’s Health Safe Sex
Poster Boy campaign, and the Love Life 2 Fono for
Pacific “third sex” communities.
NZAF Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier says
Edward has been “a remarkable asset” during his time
at the Foundation. “We have been so appreciative of
the groundwork he laid in respect to our
relationships with Pacific communities and as
community liaison for Gay Men’s Health. He has built
great relationships with gay businesses and the
broader Auckland gay community.
“He is such a loved member of the Foundation and we
will miss him enormously. We are delighted that he
will be continuing the strong relationship he has
with the Foundation and our safe sex message.”
The three organisations who joined together to call on all New
Zealanders to stand against child abuse; Nia Glassie, the latest abuse
victim, who inspired the rally.
(Photos: Family First NZ / For the Sake of Our Children Trust / Sensible
Sentencing Trust / TVNZ)
Call for nationwide 'stand'
against child abuse
09 August 2007 -
Source: Ministry of Social Development Press Release
Family First NZ , For the Sake of Our Children Trust
and the Sensible Sentencing Trust joined together to
call on all New Zealanders to stand against child
abuse this Wednesday.
They asked all New Zealanders to stop whatever they
were doing; to come out onto the street, outside the
office or classroom, to stop their car or truck and
stand outside their vehicle, and make a symbolic
'stand' against child abuse for three minutes at
The three minutes represents the three short years
of little Nia's life, and the number 12 is
significant as it represents the months of the year
where children are abused, neglected and killed in
NZ. The three short minutes was an opportunity for
each person to reflect on what each one of us can do
to be part of the solution to our unacceptable rate
of child abuse. They also requested all radio
stations to play Destiny Child's "Stand Up For Love"
during these 3 minutes. This song was the Anthem for
the World Children's Day 2005. The three Trusts have
also released the following statement:
“Each week another New Zealand child's precious life
is extinguished or damaged because violent parents
or caregivers will not meet or can not cope with
their responsibilities. We are sick and tired of
doing nothing while our babies and children are
being beaten and murdered. We have allowed violent
adults the right to silence, bail and parole, while
babies' and children's rights go undefended. We have
allowed political correctness to get in the way of
speaking the truth. We have allowed a succession of
policies over the last 30 years to diminish the
significance of family structure. We have allowed
children to be raised in homes with an unacceptable
level of violence, drug abuse, family dysfunction,
and emotional and physical harm. We are alarmed that
with all the government groups, Inquiries and
Commissioners appointed to oversee and intervene, we
still have one of the worst rates of child abuse in
“When our families are messed up, our nation is
“We call for implementation of the following 5-point
1. Establishing a non-political Commission of
Inquiry comprising community leaders who are already
working with at-risk families - to identify
effective and achievable solutions to child abuse,
and examining specifically the role of drug and
alcohol abuse, family structure and breakdown,
race-based issues, and poverty and stress.
2. Immediate increase of support and resourcing of
grass-root community organisations who are working
with at-risk families and those attempting to stop
abuse in the first place - for example HIPPY
Foundation, Early Start, Plunket Helpline, Family
Help Trust and other early childhood home-based
3. Increased investment and availability of
parenting and marriage programmes such as Parents
Inc, Triple P and other community based programmes.
4. media-based anti-'child abuse' campaign , in the
same way road safety 'shock' campaigns are run,
raising the awareness of and encouraging 'positive'
parenting and identifying what is abuse.
5. Sentencing for those who abuse and kill our
children to be substantially toughened to provide
both a deterrent and a clear message of our
community's disgust with the actions of people who
Thanks to the Samoan Kidney Foundation Renal
Dialysis Centre, much need space is being freed up in Auckland hospitals.
Samoan Ministry of Health / Counties Manukau District Health Board)
Samoa dialysis centre saves
New Zealand money
08 August 2007 -
Source: Television New Zealand
The Pacific's only dialysis centre is saving New
Zealand hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The treatment centre in Samoa is treating patients
who would otherwise need care in Auckland.
Meleisea Tuatagaloa Folitau's blood needed to be
treated in New Zealand but his heart longed for
Diagnosed with kidney failure, the longtime Auckland
resident needed dialysis three times a week to
He thought he would be tied to Auckland forever and
he would never see his homeland again.
"It is very important. I am the matai of the family,
the head of the family, so I have to look after each
and every one of the family,” he says.
But then the Samoan government offered a lifeline to
its people - a dialysis centre.
"That's why we came back," says Folitau.
It costs New Zealand's health system $50,000 a year
for each dialysis patient.
But it's not just about saving money - it has also
freed up much needed space in Auckland hospitals.
"We are really busy at the moment anyway. For the
Samoan patients to be accessing the dialysis centre
in Samoa has been really beneficial," says Manu
Sione of Counties Manukau District Health Board.
The Pinnacle FiteNite show will screen on Maori
Television from 11.00 AM on Sunday August 19 (NZT); David ‘Tuaman’ Tua,
who will be up against Mexican heavyweight champion Saul ‘La Cobra’
Maori Television / FightWireImages.com)
Tuaman stages boxing
comeback on Maori Television
07 August 2007 -
Source: Maori Television Press Release
Maori Television has scored the live and free-to-air
broadcast rights to three upcoming fights in the
United States by one of boxing’s most feared
punchers of all-time, David ‘Tuaman’ Tua, in a deal
announced on award-winning sports entertainment show
CODE on the 2nd of August.
Tua takes the next step in his comeback when he
headlines the Pinnacle FiteNite show against Mexican
heavyweight champion Saul ‘La Cobra’ Montana in the
10-round co-main event in Salt Lake City, Utah,
later this month (August).
The three-hour sports special will screen on Maori
Television from 11.00 AM on Sunday August 19 (NZT).
Details of the other two fights will be announced at
a later date.
Samoan knockout specialist Tua (47-3-1, 40 KOs) –
who went the distance against undisputed heavyweight
champion Lennox Lewis in 2000 – has accomplished
just about everything in boxing except for winning a
world title. He has beaten world heavyweight
champions Oleg Maskaev, John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman and
Michael Moorer but never worn the coveted title belt
“Every fight is a title fight,” Tua told Pinnacle
FiteNite from his Salt Lake City training camp about
his new attitude. “That’s my whole approach –
mentally, spiritually and physically. This is it!
I’m taking a different approach, in my second time
around, to the sport I love. Training hard is part
of it but I have to be smart, too.
“This time around is different and I look forward to
enjoying the sweet science. It’ll be pleasing to get
another title shot and winning it, which would seal
off my career, and I still have three, four years to
The battle-tested Montana (48-14, 42 KOs) has fought
world champions James Toney, Virgil Hill, and
Vassiliy Jirov. “I know Montana is going to try and
stop me from fighting and winning a world title,”
Tua continues. “He will be well prepared just like
everyone who fights me. I’m training very hard for
Get ready to rumble when David ‘Tuaman’ Tua takes on
Mexican Saul ‘La Cobra’ Montana – live and
free-to-air only on Maori Television at 11.00 AM on
Sunday August 19 (NZT).
Members of the New Zealand navy team; Navy volunteer working on the
Cross building in Apia; Samoa Red Cross volunteer workers.
Apia, Samoa (Photos: Salamina Faaifo)
New Zealand Volunteers
Share Skills with local Red Cross
06 August 2007 -
A group of volunteers who travelled to Samoa on the
RNZ Navy HMS Resolution from New Zealand has pledged
their service and time whilst in Samoa, to help the
Samoa Red Cross. The HMS Resolution arrived last
weekend and left on its goodwill mission to Tokelau,
which departed Sunday night 29 July. Meanwhile the
volunteers stayed back in Samoa to offer their time
to the local Red Cross Society.
Whilst there are many services in the public sector
that need assistance, the group has offered to
volunteer their time to share work skills and
fellowship with the local Red Cross. Their visit was
targeting the current local Red Cross Workshop
Schedule, which is currently being run around the
country. The visit also coincides with the Red Cross
workshops in preparation for the South Pacific
The eleven member group of volunteers are all from
New Zealand. In an interview with Event Polynesia
this week, team leader Lieutenant Commander Bill
Spencer said “This first visit to Samoa by the team
is not only important for them offering their help
but the experience to work side by side with the
local Red Cross is an experience to treasure”. He
went on to say “During our weeklong engagement in
Samoa, the team will at least have some experience
of the Samoan way of doing work and get a fair idea
of the way of life and the language here”
The main objective of the group’s visit to Samoa is
to offer their volunteer service to the Red Cross.
The group brings trade skills including electrical,
plumbing and carpentry, which they will share with
their local counterparts. In addition to their trade
skills, the group is also qualified to teach First
Aid courses for the on the field and support
services for teams and officials during the games.
The volunteers will return to New Zealand on
Saturday and hope that before they leave, they will
have contributed to the Samoa Red Cross and at the
same time learned a thing or two from them.
Fata Koroseta To'o with Principal of the South Pacific College of
Natural Therapies Ms Glynn Lorrigan; Junior Gale a Taulasea; One of the
many local medicinal plants used in natural therapy.
Apia, Samoa (Photos: Salamina Faaifo)
South Pacific College of
05 August 2007 -
The Principal and Executive Members of the South
Pacific College of Natural Therapies are in Samoa
this week meeting with the local ‘Taulasea’. The
SPCNT is in Samoa to hold awareness seminars with
the local healers and to share with them what is
offered at their course of study in New Zealand.
According to Fata Koroseta To’o, a Samoan senior
consultant with Pacific Island Affairs who
accompanied SPCNT Principal Ms Glynn Lorrigan; “the
college would like to formalise the training of
island Taulasea and bring them in to the college for
certification and proper training. Whilst the local
Taulasea are professionals in their own right and
increasingly accepted by western society, we still
need to formalise their methods and also the
preparation of their medicine”
Fata reiterated, “The school was not looking to cash
in on the expertise of the Taulasea and make money
on their medicine, but more to offer them an option
to formalise their training, get accepted to
practice their trade and work at medical facilities
and clinics in Australasia”.
“Moreoverly, they will be earning a healthy living
plying their trade. Any benefits realised from their
natural herbs and medicine should be and will be
credited to the Taulasea themselves,” added Fata
Ms Glynn Lorrigan also added that the College of
Natural Resources would like to share some of the
natural healing knowledge that they now have with
the local Taulasea, and in turn, would like to glean
knowledge from them. The school includes students
and healing methods from Taulasea from all over the
Pacific and Asia Region and would love to include
the Samoa Taulasea knowledge in their curricula. She
further stated; “There is an increasing need in a
multiethnic society like New Zealand and Australasia
for diverse healing and natural healing methods and
it is an opportunity for work and livelihood for
During a Press Conference at Tuutuu ile Loloto Hall
Mulivai, the local media had a barrage of questions
to fire at the visitors and most of the queries were
concerning Samoa and its Taulasea, for the knowledge
and medicine to be taken offshore and benefiting
other individuals and societies. Fata reiterated
that Pacific Island Affairs were adamant that the
local healers would be credited for any knowledge
and medicine they share with the college. However,
the local Taulasea and the local media who spoke
mostly on their behalf wanted a lot more assurance
that the talk during the press conference.
In closing, Ms Lorrigan and Fata summed up their
press conference by thanking the local media and
Taulasea and added that what they were offering was
an option for the local Taulasea to consider.