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Tautai Pacific Arts Trust launches new gallery

Re-opening its doors to the public since the Alert Level 4 lockdown, Tautai Pacific Arts Trust showcased the extension of their headquarters and their brand new gallery space last week. Curated by Niuean/Māori artist Cora-Allan Wickliffe, the gallery opened with its inaugural arts exhibition, Moana Legacy. The exhibition features the works of Māori and Pasifika artists […]

Watch the trailer for new Rose Matafeo comedy Baby Done

 The trailer has been released for upcoming romantic comedy Baby Done, starring comedian Rose Matafeo and English actor Matthew Lewis (best known for playing Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter). The film is produced by Morgan Waru and executive produced by Taika Waititi and Carthew Neal. When Zoe (Rose Matafeo) and Tim (Matthew Lewis) find […]

RNZ announces new web series celebrating iconic NZ hip hop

RNZ have today announced a brand new web series titled NZ Hip Hop Stand Up. The seven-part series is an exploration of some of the greatest songs released over the 30-year history of hip hop music in Aotearoa. Launching on Thursday 23rd July, all episodes will be available to view on RNZ’s website. Featuring 30 artists from the 30-year history of […]

Samoan photographer shares her love of the art with the next generation

Like most artists, Edith Amituanai had to find a way to work from home during lockdown. Now she's on a mission to teach the next generation about the art of photography.

TP+: Tenor Pene Pati hopes the opera world can recover post-Covid-19

Kiwi-Samoan operatic tenor Pene Pati has had to put a stop to his performances in some of the best international opera houses in the world due to the Covid-19 virus. While he waits in the United States for borders to re-open, he hopes the opera industry can get back on its feet once again.

Lomez Brown releases his first major project

Prolific ‘Polynesian Reggae’ artist Lomez Brown has been a staple in the NZ music scene for the better part of a decade. With the release of his first major project, ‘The Feels & Groove EP’, Lomez is utilising his soulful take on the reggae genre to deliver the ultimate laid-back and relaxing vibes. We spoke […]

SWIDT ask the questions in their latest single ‘WHO R U’

New Zealand’s most electrifying group of men are back for 2020. SWIDT have dropped their latest single ‘WHO R U’, complete with stunning visuals to round out their first major track since 2019’s ‘Preacher Man’ and ‘Bunga’ singles. Check out their handiwork above. ‘WHO R U’ is available now on YouTube and all music streaming […]

Pasifika music receives post-Covid boost

The number of recipients for the latest NZ On Air New Music Pasifika funding round has increased since its inception in 2019. Last year, 14 Pasifika artists were awarded funding to produce their original tracks, including Disciple Pati, Shepherd’s Reign and Mikey Mayz – all of who have been nominated for the 2020 Pacific Music […]