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NBC sitcom ‘Young Rock’ a launching pad for Pasifika talent

Showcasing the best of what Pasifika talent has to offer, Hollywood action hero Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson hand-picked a number of local actors from Aotearoa to star in the sitcom about his life. Soana Aholelei has this story.

In Song: Pene Pati shows the world what Pacific Islanders bring to opera

 San Francisco Opera has released a new 15-minute documentary on Pene Pati, Kiwi-Samoan operatic tenor and one third of popular operatic trio SOL3 MIO. It was like growing up in the Von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music:” Performance was simply a part of life for tenor Pene Pati. For as long as […]

Wāhine Toa making a stamp in Siva Afi – Samoan fire knife dancing

The Wāhine Toa Siva Afi group have one goal in mind and that is to encourage, educate and empower our Pasifika women to take up the siva afi/fire knife dance art form. Although it is predominately a male-dominated sport, the Samoan history reveals that the war club, or the nifo oti, used by the siva afi dancers belongs to a Samoan Goddess named Nafanua. The birth of the siva afi concept was created by Chief Letuli in 1946, where he added flames on both sides of the nifo oti. Ann-Tauilo Motuga got the chance to see the Wāhine Toa Siva Afi group in action at a recent event in Māngere, South Auckland.