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Pacific Music Awards announces new format for 2021

Pacific music awards Lani Alo
Lani Alo at the Pacific Music Awards 2020 Photo: Stijl Ltd.

Due to ongoing Alert Level restrictions, the Pacific Music Awards Trust has decided to forgo a live event for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards.

The winners will instead be celebrated in an online awards ceremony on Saturday 6 November, 7pm, screened by Tagata Pasifika on TP+ (tpplus.co.nz). This will be pre-recorded in line with Alert Level restrictions and include performances from a number of finalists.

Rev Mua Strickson-Pua says “The Pacific Music Awards Trust extends their alofa to Aotearoa. We are
thinking of the saogalemu (safety) and manuia (wellbeing) of our communities and share our support during
this time. We acknowledge the historic moment, the hard work of everyone involved and this opportunity
to comfort, empower, and affirm our community.

“Despite the challenges we face with COVID-19 and the current Alert Level conditions, we will strive forward and are excited to put on an awesome awards event, to celebrate the Pacific music community. We hope you will join us from the comfort of your own bubble.

“We encourage everyone to stay safe, look after your loved ones, your families and be kind to each other. Together we are keeping to our tikanga and fa’avae, with wairua and alofa.”

If Auckland’s Alert Level 3 status is extended into November, the Pacific Music Awards Trust will consider a new plan for the event.

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