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Tagata Pasifika Special: Tuvaluan artists take over Invercargill

Fafine Niutao I Aotearoa is an arts collective of Tuvaluan women who are master artists of traditional Tuvaluan art forms (kolose, fafetu, weaving). Part of their mission to keep their art forms alive, they recently toured their exhibition to Invercargill, where the locals instantly fell in love with them.

UoA dance student Chas Samoa awarded Prime Minister’s Scholarship

Source: The University of Auckland Chas Samoa, a third year student at the School of Dance, University of Auckland, has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Scholarship set up to allow students to study abroad, alongside nine other UoA students including fellow third year dance student Alesha Wallabh. Both will be performing at the School’s End […]

Cook Islanders celebrate New Zealand’s first Te Maeva Nui

The Cook Islands community here in New Zealand held its very own Te Maeva Nui cultural festival in Auckland last weekend. Modelled on its very successful namesake in the islands, the event brought together a community hungry to celebrate its Polynesian heritage.

Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards 2019

Celebrating Pasifika Artist at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards at the Beehive in Wellington 2019.

Powerful photographs of Sāmoan tattooing on show at Te Papa

Media Release: Te Papa An exhibition opening in Te Papa’s Toi Art in November gives an intimate insight into the unique cultural practice of Sāmoan tattooing. Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography presents the work of four photographers who have documented Sāmoan tattooing over the past 40 years, in New Zealand, Sāmoa, the United States and Europe. […]

Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2019

'Fashion Factory' was the theme at the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show held in Auckland last week, showcasing the best of Pacific fashion including nine international designers. Soana Aholelei went along to see the show.

TP+ Joana Monolagi on Fijian music and dance

Celebrating Fiji Language Week at Auckland Museum

TP+ Meet unstoppable Pasifika artist Leki Jackson-Bourke

We catch up with award-winning South-Auckland based playwright/artist Leki Jackson-Bourke, the first Victoria University Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence, during the final weeks of his residency in Wellington.

Historical Fijian meke created to celebrate Fijians living in Aotearoa New Zealand

MEKE AOTEAROA will create and stage two original meke during Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti | Fijian Language Week 2019, this Saturday in Auckland. This is the first time original meke celebrating Fijians living in Aotearoa New Zealand will be created and staged. Daunivucu and daunimeke, Alipate Mainasau (Ovalau; Director of Te Mana Performing Arts school) […]

The Big Apple honours Black Grace with a season at the Joyce Theater

Source: Elephant Publicity Black Grace continues its incredible run in America with a five-centre tour that includes a six-night season at the prestigious The Joyce Theater in New York City from October 29, 2019. This is the first time a NZ contemporary dance company has been presented by The Joyce Theater who are world renowned […]

Selina Tusitala Marsh performs ‘Tokotoko’s 2 Year Tale’

To celebrate the end of her tenure as New Zealand's Poet Laureate for 2017-2019, Selina Tusitala Marsh performed her poem 'Tokotoko's 2 Year Tale' inside our Sunpix Studios. This year Marsh was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to poetry, literature and the Pasifika community in the 2019 New Years Honours.