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Sione Vaka, Tongan Language week

Lecturer’s story inspires students

Sione Vaka got more of a buzz than he bargained for when he headed out to Otahuhu College last week to talk to students about Tongan myths and legends. Vaka’s grandfather had the job of setting stories to music for the Tongan king and these stories permeated through the family. He was asked to impart […]

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Tu'i Tonga Tombs

Research Reveals Tonga’s Role as Pacific Trade Hub

A geochemical analysis of prehistoric stone artifacts has revealed that Tonga was once the hub of a Pacific trading empire as large as 500,000 square kilometers. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Geoffrey Clarke of Australian National University and his team analyzed Tongan stone artifacts and found that […]

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Budget invests an extra $155.7m in ECE

A further $155.7 million over four years will be invested in early childhood education (ECE) services in Budget 2014 to help give all children a great start in life, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. “This Government is focused on making sure all young children can get access to quality ECE services,” Ms Parata says. “Government […]

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Taimi Media Network's Kalafi Moala, freelancer Russell Hunter, ABC's Sean Dorney and Talamua's Lance Polu at the ADB media summit in Sydney. ADB's Michael Hutak is on the right with the ABC's Jemima Garrett crouched in front with a microphone. Image: David Robie/PMC

REGION: Lifestyle ‘human tsunami’ threatens Pacific as biggest economic story

SYDNEY (Pacific Media Watch): The “human tsunami” of lifestyle diseases will overshadow climate change and other big Pacific economic stories for some countries, a regional conference has been told. “The climate change story – while it is real and huge  – will be overshadowed in Samoa by non-communicable diseases,” Talamua publisher Lance Polu said. He […]

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