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.
From Pacific Beat Street host to one of NZ's top stylists - NZ Fashion Week ambassador Sammy Salsa has established himself as the go-to stylist for many Kiwi celebrities and high-end clothing houses. He's been busy styling some of the major runways for this year's fashion festivities, but the journey to the top hasn't been easy for this Samoan creative who hopes to see more diversity in NZ's fashion industry.
After their meteoric rise to stardom in the Trans-Tasman hip hop game, Hampton Park's finest have graced New Zealand's shores with their first ever international tour.Singles like Bad and Bouj, Engineers and BluePrint have seen these boys play sold-out venues across the country. Nayte Mataia-Davidson chats with HP Boyz in studio.
Tahitian performing arts group Va'a Hono and Ahutoru Nui perform at the Auckland Museum in special event 'Gathered Islands: A Celebration of the Pacific'
Mama Miimetua Tarapu or Aunty Mii has been running tivaevae classes in Auckland for over 10 years. Tivaevae is the art of Pacific quilting practiced by women across Oceania. An art form Tarapu learnt from grandmother, with the help of Mama Memory Kimiora Peu she is sharing it with others keen to learn.
John Pulu chats with one of the writers, Halaifonua Finau, and actor Mosese Vea'ila, who plays the leading role as Jonah Lomu.
Tahitian performing arts group Va’a Hono and Ahutoru Nui perform at the Auckland Museum in special event ‘Gathered Islands: A Celebration of the Pacific’
To celebrate the end of her tenure as New Zealand's Poet Laureate for 2017-2019, Selina Tusitala Marsh performed her poem 'Tokotoko's 2 Year Tale' inside our Sunpix Studios. This year Marsh was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to poetry, literature and the Pasifika community in the 2019 New Years Honours.
The second Te Kūki 'Āirani Film Festival was held recently in Rarotonga. Organised by filmmaker Joshua Baker, it was an opportunity for Pacific Islands filmmakers to share their films with a Cook Islands audience. The Festival included films Vai, Marks of Mana, For My Father's Kingdom, Joey and the Leitis along with NZ short films Liliu, Maria,Toa'puapagā Strength in Suffering and Hinekura.