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Restoring a Resilient Nation

After enduring a very traumatic volcano eruption and tsunami that engulfed the nation on Saturday 15th January, Tonga is now working through the recovery process. We are reminded of how the Tongan people have fared many natural disasters, where tropical cyclones are a mere seasonal fixture on the Gregorian calendar. Despite all of its reported horrors of that fateful day which quickly turned into darkness, we can conclude that Tonga is indeed a resilient nation. Their faith in God restored and strengthened more than ever before. Tonga will be able to revitalise its vibrant lifestyle and culture. And one of the many admirable qualities of the Tongan way of living is their sustainable living methods acquired from both the land...

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Winners of the Pacific Digital Stories: Tusitala Series Writing Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to every child who submitted a story for the PDS Tusitala Series competition. Not only was it heartwarming to read about so many treasured memories, but we recognise that these kids have persevered through a really tough year, yet still have so much to celebrate - their families, their histories and their cultures.   1st place:Sosaia Fifita from Tamaki Primary School. 2nd place:Jeremiah Talakai from Riverhills School. 3rd equal place:Tyler Poe, Flat Bush Primary School; Noah Tautalanoa, St Joseph's Otahuhu; Felise Penitani, Meadowbank School. We'd also like to mention a few other aspiring writers whose stories really left a lasting impact on our team: Veronica Rooke - Meadowbank School, Mishika Chawla - Papatoetoe Central School, Polevia & Saint Paul Lam Sam - Flat Bush...

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Stories by Pacific school children to be used as school resources

The stories of Pacific students are being adapted into digitally-animated reading resources.   Fifty students across Flatbush Primary School, Jean Batten School and RiseUP Academy worked with experts to write and illustrate their stories. Project manager Theresa Tupuola-Sorenson said the students, aged 6 to 9, were supported through their creative journey. 

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Students learning how to create animated stories

The workshops focused on empowering young learners with foundation animation skills, using practical materials in conjunction with digital tools to harness their knowledge through STEM/STEAM learning. The mastermind behind the programme Evo Leota-Tupou said her vision for the programme began in 2008 when she was a student at the University of Waikato. "We worked with children with disabilities and as animators we helped develop their stories about who they are and got them involved by designing the characters of their story," she said.

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Paving the Digital Career Path for Māori and Pasifika Talent

On Wednesday 26th May, Media Design School hosted a platform at their innovative new campus in Wynyard Quarter to kōrero and talanoa about ways Māori and Pasifika art and design forms have become increasingly relevant and dynamic in this digital era.

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