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Parris Goebel and Sisters United’s GIRL empowering young Pasifika women

Parris Goebel and Sisters United are in the midst of creating one of Tempo Dance Festival's hottest tickets this year - GIRL; an intimate show that delves into the journey of young females discovering their inner power. For the cast, Goebel auditioned many young women from high schools around Auckland - many who had never attended an audition before. Through the show, Director of Sisters United Kendal Collins hopes to empower young Māori and Pasifika women. GIRL will be showing at Q Theatre from 11-12 October. For tickets head to qtheatre.co.nz.

Samoan short film Liliu trailer

Trailer for Liliu, a Samoan short film directed by Nanai Jeremiah Tauamiti. Liliu is screening as part of the NZIFF Ngā Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Short Film Programme.

TP+ ‘Deportees of Tonga: Gangsters in Paradise’ filmmaker showcases deportee photo series

Director of 'Deportees of Tonga: Gangsters in Paradise' Todd Henry has developed a reputation for creating imagery which focuses on accuracy of representation. The photographer and filmmaker was at the Sony Photo Talk to screen his short documentary, and to showcase his collection of photography shot in the Pacific.

TP+ Grace Taylor’s My Own Darling a ‘love hate letter to Auckland’

Award-winning poet Grace Taylor is bringing back her powerful theatre production ‘My Own Darling’ this week from 10-12 July at Auckland’s Basement Theatre. The show reunites the creative trio of Grace Taylor, Fasitua Amosa and Gabby Solomona to reveal a side of Auckland that is often overlooked.

Veronica Pome’e Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model 2019

She is following her dream! Tongan beauty Veronica Pome’e is the first Polynesian model to grace the pages of world-renowned Sports Illustrated. The New York-based model is using her platform to empower women of all ages, sizes and cultures. Soana 'Aholelei caught up with Veronica during her fleeting visit to Tonga and New Zealand.

TP+ The untold story of Jazz in Samoa

A new Samoan documentary is telling the story of jazz in Samoa. We chatted to filmmaker Galumalemana Steven Percival at the preview in Auckland this week.

Dwayne Johnson Wins MTV 2019 Generation Award

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson won the 2019 Generation Award at the MTV Awards this year. “I’m proudly half black and half Samoan, and I wanted to bring those cultures up here for the world to see.” Check out his epic entrance and speech below!

Watch the trailer for upcoming Kiwi film HERBS: Songs of Freedom

The trailer for local film HERBS: Songs of Freedom has been released today casting a loving and admiring eye on iconic Kiwi band Herbs. The film will receive its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival at The Civic in Auckland on August 3rd ahead of a nationwide general release on August 15th. Directed by Tearepa Kahi (Poi E: […]

Niuean-Māori artist using art to explore contemporary Pacific culture

Pacific artists returned to Niue this April for the island's popular annual Art's Festival. Among this year's special guests was Gisborne-based artist Lina Marsh who is using traditional and modern arts and craft to explore contemporary Pacific culture including harmful aspects she says have been introduced and naturalised.

Poetik drops new music video TONIGHT ft. Swiss

Poetik has released a new music video ‘TONIGHT’ featuring Swiss. The video has some well-known Pacific creatives attached – directed by Oscar Kightley, produced by SWIDT’s Smokey Got Beatz and featuring Hibiscus & Ruthless star Suivai Autagavaia. Check it out below!

Toa Samoa fan day in Sydney

Toa Samoa fans in Sydney are expected to welcome their national team in blue at the New Era Stadium, Cabramatta on Tuesday 18th June 2019 ahead of their clash against the PNG Kumuls at Leichardt Oval on Saturday 22nd June. The Toa Samoa Fan Day this year will recreate a Samoan village setting for the […]