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Sau E Siva tour-de-force to headline Auckland’s Tempo Dance Festival

Created by five former students of the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts, Sau E Siva Creatives have created a number of highly successful shows during their seven years as a company. This year marks the first time they'll headline a major event, the Tempo Dance Festival, with their already sold-out show Fa'asinomaga | Identity.

Cook Islands Beauty crowned Miss South Pacific Plus

Source: Miss South Pacific Plus AU. 18 September 2019 – Sydney Australia It was a night of women empowerment and “curves” in Sydney last Friday night as a new Pacific beauty queen was crowned. 28-year-old Cook Island beauty Mariana Taia walked away the winner of this year’s ‘Miss South Pacific Plus’. The unique pageant now in […]

New children’s book tells the incredible story of Tahitian priest navigator Tupaia

Courtney Sina Meredith's latest book 'The Adventures of Tupaia' is the first book about Tahitian navigator and high priest Tupaia written and illustrated for children. The book was launched together with Auckland Museum's exhibition Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour, which documents Tupaia's journey with Captain Cook around the Pacific.

Eteuati Ete’s next chapter, hosting a new Pacific-focused radio show

Eteuati Ete is best known in his role as one half of the comedy duo The Laughing Samoans. Now he’s taking the next step in his career as a broadcaster, hosting the new Pacific Media Network 531 radio show Early Edition with Ete based in Wellington.

Sima Urale and artist Coco Solid receive Arts Foundation Laureate Awards

Two Pacific artists are among the recipients of the 2019 Arts Foundation Laureates Awards, which recognise exceptional artists with a $25,000 grant to empower their growth and their work. Sima Urale and Jessica Hansell aka ‘Coco Solid’ are two of the 10 high-calibre artists that were awarded this year.  Samoan-born filmmaker and actor Sima Urale […]

TP+ PolyTube Fono celebrates Pasifika content creators

YouTubers, Instagrammers and Facebookers from New Zealand and Australia attended the annual Polytube Fono, a celebration for Māori and Pasifika content creators to meet, share and talanoa about their online work.

TP+ Pasifika TV providing New Zealand shows to the Pacific

Pasifika TV launched their expanded service this week, providing a 24/7 channel feed of New Zealand TV shows to broadcasters across the Pacific. https://www.pasifikatv.co.nz/

TP+ Lettering by Loi: Calligraphy Artist

From ancient script to celebratory decor – calligraphy has been revived through graphic design to become a popular form of decoration at Pacific events. Registered Nurse and Calligraphy Artist, Loi Fuimaono, operates Lettering by Loi – one of the few Pacific businesses rising through social media to meet the demand.

NZFW: Meet Samoan-Māori model and musician Sione Luke Roberts

By Alice Lolohea Sione Luke Roberts  Age: 19  Ethnicity: Samoan/Māori/NZ European Occupation/s: Student Tell us how you were first discovered as a model One night after school last year I decided on a whim to send some photos into a few agencies based in Auckland, as I was planning to study at Auckland University in […]

Take Home Pay world premiere

Our reporter Moana Makapelu Lee caught up with Director Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa and actors Ronnie Taulafo, Vito Vito and Tofiga Fepulea'i at the world premiere of Take Home Pay in Auckland's Civic Theatre.

NZFW: Meet model, body positive activist and opera singer Isabella Moore

By Alice Lolohea Isabella Moore Age: 29 Ethnicity: Kiwi Samoan Occupation/s: Model, Body Positive Activist & Opera Singer Tell us how you were first discovered About 5 years ago I was scouted at Westfield St Lukes, Auckland by my agent Ursula (Unique Model Management) while I was shopping with my mum. Ursula asked me if […]

The Big Sing Documentary

Director: Skot Barnett Executive Producer: Andy Jalfon Thanks to JX Live The rehearsals are done. The heats are behind them. Now it's the National  Finals. Time to sing. Big.  Getting to this stage is no easy feat. It takes dedication, innovation and  teamwork to get this far and to continue to impress the ever-scrutinising judges when they get their big moment on stage.    Follow the journeys of students from Tawa College, Dilworth School and Wellington East Girls’ College, as they share their experiences and backgrounds before taking to the stage of The Big Sing to sing their hearts out, one last time.