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    Pasifika leaders determined to protect Māori/Pasifika from Coronavirus

    The Pacific Leadership Forum, a council of leaders from the Pacific community are determined to stop the spread of COVID-19. They recognise that their ethnicities are at the highest risk from this virus, and the possible effects of it on Māori. Teleiai Edwin Puni, chairman of the Forum explains: “It is a responsible action by our Pacific [communities]. Because we live closely with our Māori whānau(s), in the same neighbourhood(s). “By being responsible with the prevention and the readiness, it also protects our Māori and the people of Aotearoa.”

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    Pacific Leadership Forum: Pasifika at highest risk of Coronavirus

    The Pacific Leadership Forum have identified their ethnicity as the having the highest risk of contracting Coronavirus. To combat that risk, the Aotearoa based leadership group has offered their services to help the government prepare their communities for the long fight ahead. In a statement the forum wrote, “This is a great risk not only to the Pacific communities, but also to the wider New Zealand population.”

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    Luke McAlisters’ Japan team gets new coach

    Manu Samoa Coach, Vaeluagaomatagi Steve Jackson has signed on as coach for Luke McCallisters’ rugby team in Japan. The Shimizu Blue Sharks issued a statement on their website confirming the appointment. It is unknown how this will affect Vaeluagaomatagis’ work with Manu Samoa and SRU. According to the Statement, Vaeluagaomatagi is honoured to have taken up this position.  The Samoan Rugby Union have been contacted for comment and we are awaiting reply. About the Shimizu Blue Sharks The Shimizu Blue Sharks are a professional rugby team playing in the Top Challenge League in Japan. Luke McCalister played first-five for them in the 2019-2020 season that ended in January.

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    Samoan ali'i offers prayers for deceased koroua Māori in Samoa

    A Samoan High Chief (Ali'i) wants to hold a karakia service for the 70-year-old koroua Māori who passed away in Apia, Samoa.  ASA Foundation leader, Teleiai Edwin Puni says, “ASA Foundation is his family away from home (Aotearoa); he must not be alone even in death.”

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    Authorities desperately seeking whānau of deceased koroua in Samoa

    Police in Apia, Samoa are desperately trying to find the next of kin of a 70-year-old Māori male, who was found dead at a lodge on Sunday.

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    Shepherds Reign fans unaware of the bands diverse whakapapa

    South Auckland metal band Shepherds Reign continues to be called a Samoan band despite it having Māori band members. The video for their new single, Le Manu, performed in the Samoan language, has only reinforced the misconception. Online metal critic “Poss the Boss” proclaimed after hearing Le Manu, “Behold the power of Samoan/Polymetal!” YouTube user Erma Cardenas after seeing the music video says, “Samoan Island Metal.” Such sentiments are typical of the new fanbase that the band have created. Heavy Metal is a music genre often associated with Pākehā demographics despite having a large dedicated Polynesian following.

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    Ngāpuhi Rangatahi brings 'nuggets' of knowledge to Samoa

    Fourteen-year-old Epifania Tusani (Ngāpuhi, Hāmoa) is no stranger to charity work.  From a young age, she has worked alongside her friends and whānau to give back to less fortunate communities in Samoa. Her latest venture involves repurposing chicken coops and building miniature libraries filled with used and donated books for local children to read.

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    Shepherds Reign keen to do a free concert for Samoa

    South Auckland metal band Shepherds Reign, are open to doing benefit concerts to help relief efforts in Samoa, but are apprehensive of how their music would be received back in their conservative Christian homeland.

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    Māori Shepherds Reign band members proud of Samoan single

    The two Māori members of a polynesian band that have made a heavy metal remix of the Siva Tau, the famous haka performed by Manu Samoa before every game, say they are proud to have been involved in making the Samoan language track "Le Manu" for their band Shepherds Reign.

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    Māori couple recount their life changing experiences in Samoa

    Husband and wife pastors of the Elim Christian Church in Porirua, Stacey and Hiraina Raika recently returned from Samoa after a spiritual mission to bring relief and inspiration to those worse affected by the measles outbreak that has claimed 81 lives. Even during the summer break the couple still do their best to support the less fortunate. 

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