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Fijian guitarist Daniel Rae Costello to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Pacific Music Awards Trust have announced the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020. The award will be posthumously presented to Daniel Rae Costello, the Fijian guitarist who captured the hearts of listeners globally. Daniel’s legacy will be honoured with the award at the 2020 Pacific Music Awards on Wednesday 30 September. […]

TP+: Ā Mua: New Lineages of Making exhibition showcases Pacific art

Ā Mua: New Lineages of Making features work by more than 20 artists at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. The exhibition explores the nature of craft in Aotearoa and looks to the future as we navigate the 21st century. Co-curator Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai shows us the five Pacific artworks in the show.

South Auckland band Red Wav wins Smokefree Rockquest 2020

Red Wav from Aorere College and Marcellin College in Auckland have just been crowned the winners of the Smokefreerockquest National Final, taking them one step closer on the path to musical success. This year’s event was streamed live as an online showcase. As Smokefreerockquest band winners, Red Wav receives $10,000 in musical equipment from the […]

Smokefree Tangata Beats 2020 National Finals results

Neo-soul RnB outfit Jam & Jelly from Papatoetoe High School in Tāmaki Makaurau have taken out the National Final of Smokefree Tangata Beats, this year streamed live as an online showcase. Their prize package includes $3,000 in musical equipment from Rockshop and a NZ On Air  NewTracks recording, video and promo grant. The full line […]

Meet ‘Savage’ actor Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson

Kiwi film Savage follows two unlikely friends and their journey from childhood into a life of gangs. Soana Aholelei caught up with Niue actor Haanz Faavae-Jackson to hear about his role as gang leader Moses.

TP+ Sol3 Mio takeover Flava Breakfast show till end of 2020

Celebrating a return to their old school Hip Hop and R&B roots, Flava invited a variety of Kiwi celebs to host their weekday breakfast show. After a successful two week hosting stint, the station announced operatic trio Sol3 Mio will helm the Flava Breakfast show till the end of the year. We caught up with them in studio.

The Invercargill teenager inspiring Pasifika youth to prioritise their happiness

While many Pacific kids can get bogged down by pressures to pursue high-powered jobs after secondary school, Samoan Niuean and aspiring performer Michael Kuresa has always been a stickler for self-confidence even if it means an uncertain future.

Cora-Allan Wickliffe: Niue artist who’s revived the art of hiapo from extinction

It’s the silk of the Pacific - tapa, kapa, gatu or siapo can be found across most cultures in Oceania, but on the island of Niue, the art of barkcloth-making, or hiapo, has all but disappeared. Except for now. Moana Makapelu Lee caught up with Niue Māori artist Cora-Allan Wickliffe, who has revived the practice and is now making it her mission to share and teach her people again.

Our Voice – Wellness is Community

Poet Grace Iwashita-Taylor / Mama G extends her love letter to South Auckland - part of the Mana Pasifika Project aimed at helping our Pasifika communities deal with the mental impact of Covid-19. "As children of the Moana, wellness is collective" Poem by Grace Iwashita-Taylor Sound by Brandon Haru Visual by Canaan Ene Thanks to Mapu Maia and Vaka Tautua Funded by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA)