Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television
since 1987

Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television
since 1987

Celebrating Pasifika excellence: Sunpix Pacific Peoples Awards 2022 is back!

Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air
Pasifika Futures Pacific Health and Wellbeing Award Winner Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann.
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Alice Lolohea | Reporter/Director/Videographer

After a cancellation due to last year’s lockdown, the Sunpix Pacific Peoples Awards are finally back and ready to go.

The annual event to celebrate Pasifika community heroes in Aotearoa, will be the 7th awards ceremony since the show’s 2015 inception. 

Managing Director of Sunpix Taualeo’o Stephen Stehlin says the Sunpix Awards was born from a need to “do a show for the community.”

“There are lots of people doing good work and doing it quietly without recognition.

Le Va Pacific Emerging Leadership Award Winners Robin Kapeteni and Brianna Fruean.
The 2019 winners for the Sunpix Pacific Peoples Awards.

Instead of honouring our sports people and our artists, which we do all the time, we thought about community leaders, youth leaders, people doing health and education – all these things that are not generally recognised,” says Taualeo’o. 

The show boasts six award categories with two winners in each one. Past winners include many prominent Pacific figures, including Arizona Leger (Emerging Leadership), Edward Fehoko (Pacific Education) and the late Dr Joe Williams (Pacific Health and Wellbeing).

A special feature will highlight MIQ workers. Taualeo’o says it is a fitting tribute. “We’re not just celebrating leaders, we’re celebrating workers as well…they put their lives on the line for our country during the pandemic.”

The Sunpix Pacific Peoples Awards will take place on Saturday 14th October, at the Trusts Arena in Henderson.

For tickets, visit eventbrite.com or email [email protected]

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