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531pi has served our Pacific communities since 1993 with a blend of news, views, information and talk back - all combined with a music mix you'll hear nowhere else. During the day, our programmes cater to first and second generation Pacific migrants. After 6 pm, our nine community language programmes serve a different Pacific island each night.

Latest Episodes

Gustava Esther Pavihi - BCN broadcasting services restored and Niue ready to head to polls this weekend.

Gustava Esther Pavihi is the senior reporter for the Broadcasting Corporation of Niue. Niue is about to head back to the polls this weekend. The Broadcasting Corporation of Niue is the national news broadcaster. Last week BCN’s tv and radio studios sustained damage due to a fire and the technical team have been working to restore services in time for the general elections. Esther gives us a quick update of how they are tracking the campaign trail and coverage of Niue’s elections.

15 MIN1 d ago
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Gustava Esther Pavihi - BCN broadcasting services restored and Niue ready to head to polls this weekend.

Bart English - Leaning into discomfort to take opportunities to reclaim Samoan heritage.

Bart English is a business analyst who works for Pasifika Futures. He studied Politics and Psychology at the University of Otago and graduated in 2017. Bart spent the first two years in the workforce at the Human Rights Commission, after interning there in disability rights for 4 months. Bart is a published author and enthusiastic poet who is passionate about empowering communities and giving Pacific communities tools to determine what they need and how to use them to better their own lives. Bart is of Samoan, Italian and Irish descent and feels that his palagi appearance and infrequent exposure to Pacific culture has laid the foundations of an interesting path to solidifying his Pacific identity.

13 MIN1 d ago
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Bart English - Leaning into discomfort to take opportunities to reclaim Samoan heritage.

Benji Timu - Changing the narrative and telling our own stories as Pasifika people.

Benji Timu is a videographer by trade, entrepreneur, a brilliant storyteller as well as a visual content maker. He’s one of the creators and executive director of NO SIX - a multi-platform digital media brand curating, developing and connecting young content creators from the South Pacific to global audiences. Benji is also of Samoan, Cook Island and Niuean descent.

17 MIN1 d ago
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Benji Timu - Changing the narrative and telling our own stories as Pasifika people.

Samoan All Stars - LO TA NU’U

To close our celebrations of Samoan Language Week on Pacific Breakfast, we’re joined by members of the “Samoan All Stars” Choir, for a performance of Samoa’s “other” national anthem Lo Ta Nu'u.

8 MIN1 d ago
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Samoan All Stars - LO TA NU’U

National List MP- Fonoti Agnes Loheni

We’re joined now by National List M.P. & Associate Spokesperson for Small Business & Associate Spokesperson for Pacific Peoples, Fonoti Agnes Loheni.

9 MIN1 d ago
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National List MP- Fonoti Agnes Loheni

Covid-19 Update- Hon Aupito Toesulusulu Tofae Su’a William Sio

We’re joined now by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon Aupito Toesulusulu Tofae Su’a William Sio for an update on COVID-19.

15 MIN1 d ago
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Covid-19 Update- Hon Aupito Toesulusulu Tofae Su’a William Sio

Polynesians Overseas Celebrating Samoan Language Week 2020- Kristian Fanene Schmidt

Artist , Academic & Advocate For Change Kristian Fanene Schmidt joins us on Pacific Breakfast Show to speak more about celebrating Samoan Language Week , and carrying his heritage living overseas.

12 MIN1 d ago
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Polynesians Overseas Celebrating Samoan Language Week 2020- Kristian Fanene Schmidt

Glenda Tuaine - Creative economy opening new career opportunities in the Cook Islands.

Motone is the creative production company based in Rarotonga, Tahiti and Wellington, New Zealand creating iconic events and assisting other people to create artistic products in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Tahiti. Motone pushes ahead creating events and arts projects that lead to new ways of thinking, striving to create real careers for real people and build a new industry here in the Cook Islands. Glenda Tuaine and Maurice Newport are experienced producers and creatives who have delivered events internationally delivering outcomes and promotions that build arts careers and industry and focus on Education, Empowerment, Motivation and Achievement. Company Director of Motone Productions & Events Rarotonga and 2019 Creative New Zealand Special Recognition Pasifika Arts Award recipient. Glenda Is committed to building careers, projects and products within the Creative Industry. Prior to forming Motone she the Marketing Manager and Acting CEO for CI Tourism. In Aotearoa, she was the Events Manager at Te Papa Museum, the Fringe NZ Festival Director and worked on the NZ Festival of the Arts- mentored by Carla van Zon, NZ Comedy Festival and the NZ Film Festival Publicist. She has acted in and directed many theatre productions in New Zealand and has acted in film and television. She was a Radio DJ for 88FM and a regular contributor to Radio New Zealand Arts programmes. She now is a correspondent for Radio New Zealand on matters relating to the Cook Islands. In Rarotonga, she developed and produced the BCI Opera in Rarotonga, Pacific touring circuit opportunities for artists including MMQ, Ladi 6, Bella Kalolo, Tiki Taane, Kora etc. Created projects for artist residencies which saw Murray Hickman and Fran Kora participate and tour products to New Zealand and Tahiti. Held Carving and Raranga cultural exchange Vananga for for the 2015 Cook Islands Constitution Celebrations combining NZMACI and local artists and recently collaborated with South Pacific creatives to design the South Pacific component of the Edinburgh Military tattoo in Sydney Australia in November 2019 and is a Creative New Zealand Funding Assessor. In film, script and digital media she works with Maoriland Film Festival Charitable trust to produce the ‘Through Our Lens” cultural exchange program between the Cooks Islands and Aotearoa Rangatahi film makers, writes for Escape magazine, and is working with Creators Hype to create new ways of representing the Cook Islands in the Tourism space via digital storytelling with Mana Tiaki.

14 MIN2 d ago
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Glenda Tuaine - Creative economy opening new career opportunities in the Cook Islands.

Benjamin Fifita Makisi - Using his opera career to promote Pasifika culture and music to the world.

Benjamin Fifita Makisi was born in Wellington, NZ and is of Tongan and Samoan descent. He began singing at a young age with the Tongan Wesley Methodist church choir in Wellington. Benjamin Makisi and his wife are based in the UK. He is travelling extensively worldwide singing in opera, concerts, and theatres. He has also been performing on 7 star cruise ships sharing a repertoire of Opera, Musical Theatre, Crossover and Pacific music to the many guests on board. When COVID-19 hit he and his wife were fortunate to be in NZ and have not been able to return back. He was due to do a recording in NZ and perform in Australia, Fiji and Tonga. They are both blessed and happy to be safe and healthy with family and friends in the comfort of their NZ home.

13 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Benjamin Fifita Makisi - Using his opera career to promote Pasifika culture and music to the world.

Senia Eastmure - Don't be afraid and never give up trying to learn Gagana Samoa.

Senia Māria Samuelu Faiumu Eastmure comes from the villages of Taga, Palauli Sisifo in Savaii and Le'auva'a and Salamumu in Upolu. She was Born and bred in Auckland brought up in Mangere East and Te Atatu South in West Auckland. Currently based in Palmerston North and is teaching Visual Arts at Palmerston North Boys' High School. In addition to teaching Senia mentors Pasifika students at school and in Pasifika Club. She also attends the EFKS Church Palmerston North and is the founding member of the MPTA - Manawatu Pasifika Teachers Asosi. Senia is a proud Mum to 15month old boy Joseph and proud of her Samoa culture and history.

13 MIN2 d ago
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Senia Eastmure - Don't be afraid and never give up trying to learn Gagana Samoa.

Latest Episodes

Gustava Esther Pavihi - BCN broadcasting services restored and Niue ready to head to polls this weekend.

Gustava Esther Pavihi is the senior reporter for the Broadcasting Corporation of Niue. Niue is about to head back to the polls this weekend. The Broadcasting Corporation of Niue is the national news broadcaster. Last week BCN’s tv and radio studios sustained damage due to a fire and the technical team have been working to restore services in time for the general elections. Esther gives us a quick update of how they are tracking the campaign trail and coverage of Niue’s elections.

15 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Gustava Esther Pavihi - BCN broadcasting services restored and Niue ready to head to polls this weekend.

Bart English - Leaning into discomfort to take opportunities to reclaim Samoan heritage.

Bart English is a business analyst who works for Pasifika Futures. He studied Politics and Psychology at the University of Otago and graduated in 2017. Bart spent the first two years in the workforce at the Human Rights Commission, after interning there in disability rights for 4 months. Bart is a published author and enthusiastic poet who is passionate about empowering communities and giving Pacific communities tools to determine what they need and how to use them to better their own lives. Bart is of Samoan, Italian and Irish descent and feels that his palagi appearance and infrequent exposure to Pacific culture has laid the foundations of an interesting path to solidifying his Pacific identity.

13 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Bart English - Leaning into discomfort to take opportunities to reclaim Samoan heritage.

Benji Timu - Changing the narrative and telling our own stories as Pasifika people.

Benji Timu is a videographer by trade, entrepreneur, a brilliant storyteller as well as a visual content maker. He’s one of the creators and executive director of NO SIX - a multi-platform digital media brand curating, developing and connecting young content creators from the South Pacific to global audiences. Benji is also of Samoan, Cook Island and Niuean descent.

17 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Benji Timu - Changing the narrative and telling our own stories as Pasifika people.

Samoan All Stars - LO TA NU’U

To close our celebrations of Samoan Language Week on Pacific Breakfast, we’re joined by members of the “Samoan All Stars” Choir, for a performance of Samoa’s “other” national anthem Lo Ta Nu'u.

8 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Samoan All Stars - LO TA NU’U

National List MP- Fonoti Agnes Loheni

We’re joined now by National List M.P. & Associate Spokesperson for Small Business & Associate Spokesperson for Pacific Peoples, Fonoti Agnes Loheni.

9 MIN1 d ago
Comments
National List MP- Fonoti Agnes Loheni

Covid-19 Update- Hon Aupito Toesulusulu Tofae Su’a William Sio

We’re joined now by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon Aupito Toesulusulu Tofae Su’a William Sio for an update on COVID-19.

15 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Covid-19 Update- Hon Aupito Toesulusulu Tofae Su’a William Sio

Polynesians Overseas Celebrating Samoan Language Week 2020- Kristian Fanene Schmidt

Artist , Academic & Advocate For Change Kristian Fanene Schmidt joins us on Pacific Breakfast Show to speak more about celebrating Samoan Language Week , and carrying his heritage living overseas.

12 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Polynesians Overseas Celebrating Samoan Language Week 2020- Kristian Fanene Schmidt

Glenda Tuaine - Creative economy opening new career opportunities in the Cook Islands.

Motone is the creative production company based in Rarotonga, Tahiti and Wellington, New Zealand creating iconic events and assisting other people to create artistic products in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Tahiti. Motone pushes ahead creating events and arts projects that lead to new ways of thinking, striving to create real careers for real people and build a new industry here in the Cook Islands. Glenda Tuaine and Maurice Newport are experienced producers and creatives who have delivered events internationally delivering outcomes and promotions that build arts careers and industry and focus on Education, Empowerment, Motivation and Achievement. Company Director of Motone Productions & Events Rarotonga and 2019 Creative New Zealand Special Recognition Pasifika Arts Award recipient. Glenda Is committed to building careers, projects and products within the Creative Industry. Prior to forming Motone she the Marketing Manager and Acting CEO for CI Tourism. In Aotearoa, she was the Events Manager at Te Papa Museum, the Fringe NZ Festival Director and worked on the NZ Festival of the Arts- mentored by Carla van Zon, NZ Comedy Festival and the NZ Film Festival Publicist. She has acted in and directed many theatre productions in New Zealand and has acted in film and television. She was a Radio DJ for 88FM and a regular contributor to Radio New Zealand Arts programmes. She now is a correspondent for Radio New Zealand on matters relating to the Cook Islands. In Rarotonga, she developed and produced the BCI Opera in Rarotonga, Pacific touring circuit opportunities for artists including MMQ, Ladi 6, Bella Kalolo, Tiki Taane, Kora etc. Created projects for artist residencies which saw Murray Hickman and Fran Kora participate and tour products to New Zealand and Tahiti. Held Carving and Raranga cultural exchange Vananga for for the 2015 Cook Islands Constitution Celebrations combining NZMACI and local artists and recently collaborated with South Pacific creatives to design the South Pacific component of the Edinburgh Military tattoo in Sydney Australia in November 2019 and is a Creative New Zealand Funding Assessor. In film, script and digital media she works with Maoriland Film Festival Charitable trust to produce the ‘Through Our Lens” cultural exchange program between the Cooks Islands and Aotearoa Rangatahi film makers, writes for Escape magazine, and is working with Creators Hype to create new ways of representing the Cook Islands in the Tourism space via digital storytelling with Mana Tiaki.

14 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Glenda Tuaine - Creative economy opening new career opportunities in the Cook Islands.

Benjamin Fifita Makisi - Using his opera career to promote Pasifika culture and music to the world.

Benjamin Fifita Makisi was born in Wellington, NZ and is of Tongan and Samoan descent. He began singing at a young age with the Tongan Wesley Methodist church choir in Wellington. Benjamin Makisi and his wife are based in the UK. He is travelling extensively worldwide singing in opera, concerts, and theatres. He has also been performing on 7 star cruise ships sharing a repertoire of Opera, Musical Theatre, Crossover and Pacific music to the many guests on board. When COVID-19 hit he and his wife were fortunate to be in NZ and have not been able to return back. He was due to do a recording in NZ and perform in Australia, Fiji and Tonga. They are both blessed and happy to be safe and healthy with family and friends in the comfort of their NZ home.

13 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Benjamin Fifita Makisi - Using his opera career to promote Pasifika culture and music to the world.

Senia Eastmure - Don't be afraid and never give up trying to learn Gagana Samoa.

Senia Māria Samuelu Faiumu Eastmure comes from the villages of Taga, Palauli Sisifo in Savaii and Le'auva'a and Salamumu in Upolu. She was Born and bred in Auckland brought up in Mangere East and Te Atatu South in West Auckland. Currently based in Palmerston North and is teaching Visual Arts at Palmerston North Boys' High School. In addition to teaching Senia mentors Pasifika students at school and in Pasifika Club. She also attends the EFKS Church Palmerston North and is the founding member of the MPTA - Manawatu Pasifika Teachers Asosi. Senia is a proud Mum to 15month old boy Joseph and proud of her Samoa culture and history.

13 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Senia Eastmure - Don't be afraid and never give up trying to learn Gagana Samoa.
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