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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 […]

New Music: The Lost Ones – Hawkins

Kiwi-Samoan musician Hawkins has released a live version of his song ‘The Lost Ones’ from his upcoming debut studio album. “Due to Covid-19 restrictions it has been difficult to organise live gigs. I decided to record three songs from my upcoming studio album live. The Lost Ones is the first of these three. It is […]

Our Voice – Wellbeing Reimagined

For Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, dancing legend Allister Ngawati-Salaivao from the Prestige Dance Crew performs this powerful piece for Mapu Maia's Mana Pasifika Project. Performed by Allister Ngawati-Salaivao Words by Grace Iwashita-Taylor Music by Brandon Haru #MHAWNZ #ReimagineWellbeingTogether #HeTirohangaAnamata

TONE 6 member Aja Tu’ua bids farewell to the group

Members of Pasifika singing group TONE6 took to social media this week to announce the departure of one of their vocalists. Aja Tu’ua revealed she would be leaving the group during a live video on the groups Instagram page. “This decision was really hard to make because I was battling between staying here with my […]

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.

Actor Luciane Buchanan pens her first short film, Lea Tupu’anga/Mother Tongue

Her acting prowess has been immortalised in local productions such as Filthy Rich, Baby Mama’s Club, My Friend Michael Jones and Netflix’s The New Legends of Monkey. Now Kiwi-Tongan actor Luciane Buchanan is set to play a speech therapist detached from her Tongan heritage in her upcoming short film Lea Tupu’anga/Mother Tongue – a script […]

Kiwi Polynesian metal band Shepherds Reign makes The Rock’s new workout playlist

Polynesian metal band Shepherds Reign has made it on to Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock’s new workout playlist on Spotify. Shepherds Reign’s Le Manu is one of three songs fans chose for The Rock’s Progress Workout playlist, which has already gained over 38,000 followers on Spotify since yesterday. “I have thousands of my favorite workout […]