Humans of the Islands

Humans of the Islands - Angela Tiatia

With Samoan and Australian heritage, NZ-born Angela Tiatia is an award winning Multimedia artist. 

Last week Tiatia was awarded Australia's richest women's art prize valued at $35,000, for her video work 'The Fall'. 

What's cool about being a video artist?  

It's exciting and challenging as each new work needs to be approached differently each time. The process is dependant on being very social - so I get to meet and work with lots of amazing people.  

Tell us about some of the themes in your work? 

Wow... a big question... in short... I look at how the Pacific body/place/experience has been stereotyped through images/media/popular culture/art over the last 150 years.  Within this time frame, I explore ways in which I can challenge these stereotypes and create new narratives and imagery. As well as this, I also look at the universality of the human experience and the human condition that binds us all.more


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Sex & the Suga's - Part 6

Sex & The Suga’s, brought to you by The Coconet, is an after-hours series written exclusively by Pasifika women, talking about all things sex and sexuality. A subject that is usually shied away from in Island culture, five women of various ages, sexual identities and island backgrounds, reveal some of their personal experiences and explore what their sexuality means to them. Stay tuned for a new story each week, after 8pm every Wednesday! 

Part.6

Kels, 26, Samoan 

"Looking back, do I wish my family had spent more time discussing sex and sexuality with me? Yes, to a certain extent I do. It would have been much easier coming to terms with the fact that I was attracted to both men and women, if religion hadn’t suggested that it was a sin. I had to discover this side of myself alone until I found the courage to tell others."

It took me a long time to realize that my sexuality was mine. That I was in control of my feelings, how I acted on them and who I experienced that with.…more


Humans of the Islands

Humans of the Islands - Vea Mafile'o

"Vea Mafile’o is an artist of Tongan, Māori and Scottish descent who
works primarily in moving image and installation...Mafile’o continues to work as
a filmmaker and is co-founder of the company Malosi Pictures. She is
currently developing her first feature film, which is due to be released later this
year." - Ane Tonga 

What is "Digital Launima"? 

The name of this work is "When will I see you again" , it is a digital Launima. A Launima is a term that indicates the length of a tapa cloth/ngatu which is made up of 50 Langanga. This piece is part of my digital Koloa series of works. These works are based on the traditional fine mats, tapa cloths and other forms of Koloa faka-tongthese are made and collected as gifts for birthdays, weddings, funerals and other ceremonial and celebratory occasions.

A Tongan woman builds her collection of koloa faka-Tonga over a lifetime. Often women work in groups making one item for one woman at a time.…more


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Sex & The Suga's - Part 5

Sex & The Suga’s, brought to you by The Coconet, is an after-hours series written exclusively by Pasifika women, talking about all things sex and sexuality. A subject that is usually shied away from in Island culture, five women of various ages, sexual identities and island backgrounds, reveal some of their personal experiences and explore what their sexuality means to them. Stay tuned for a new story each week, after 10pm every Wednesday!

Part 5. 

Kat, 35, Samoan. 

I am of full Samoan heritage, born and raised here in New Zealand & am now a proud single Mother of 3 children.

I grew up in West Auckland only knowing what was normal through the things that surrounded me. This was obeying your parents, staying truthful, doing as you were being told and turning up to all family or church events ready to work. Because I was the only girl and the youngest, I had a lot of expectations to live up to; something I was reminded of, everyday.

My 1st sexual experience was when I was 17 years old.…more


Entertainment

REWA ALL STARS - Fresh Outta Rewa

Manurewa High School students 'Rewa All Stars' Performance at the Hip Hop International New Zealand MegaSchools Street Dance Competition.

Rewa All Stars Placed 2nd out of 14 schools and recieved Most Outstanding Performance Award for their creative routine 'Fresh Outta Rewa' inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Coco congrats guys!  


Guest Writer

MOTHER'S DAY

By: kristian Fanene Schmidt aka Krit

ACT I

SCENE I

INT. KRIT’S APARTMENT.  MOTHER’S DAY 2017.

Krit, early 30s [but the curls is popping so he looks early 20s OOP] sits on his bed in his one bedroom apartment, handwriting the last of three letters. He signs off the final letter and folds it up into thirds before placing them all into a small box together with three small softcover books. He places the small box on the dresser and walks over to the bathroom to take a good look in the mirror. He’s not really sure what he’s staring at but after a few beats he gives a smile anyway. He runs the faucet and splashes water on his face to wash away the dry tears. He pats his face with a towel and returns to his bedroom. He sits cross legged with his back up straight in the center of his bed.  He closes his eyes and takes a moment before he pulls his phone out of his pocket and dials ‘Mum’.more


Health & Well Being

Mai Body Mai Future - Ft Ma'a Nonu

The Pacific Rugby Players website has new content encouraging steps to better health - Mai Body Mai Future.

It's an initiative that aims to start a dialogue around the biggest health problems facing most of the island nations today – heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer, (Being overweight or obese increases the chances of having these diseases) and then providing practical advice from some of the rugby players themselves and access to the best resources to help you on your journey towards better health.

You can check out the Pacific Rugby Players website here  and the Mai Body Mai Future health 'Steps Towards Better Health' here.

Former All Black Ma'a Nonu shares some of his own health tips in the video above and you can look out for others players tips coming from Nemani Nadolo, Alesana Tuilagi, Hosea Gear and more here.


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Samoan Language Apps made by Pre-Schoolers

Two language Apps 'O Luga O Le Motu' and 'Tatou ō ile Maketi' were created with direct help from Tino e Tasi Preschoolers; based in Christchurch and Dunedin.…more


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Sex & The Sugas - Part 4

Sex & The Suga’s, brought to you by The Coconet, is an after-hours series written exclusively by Pasifika women, talking about all things sex and sexuality. A subject that is usually shied away from in Island culture, five women of various ages, sexual identities and island backgrounds, reveal some of their personal experiences and explore what their sexuality means to them. Stay tuned for a new story each week, after 10pm every Wednesday!

Sasha , 44, Cook Islands

As far as my brain would allow me to remember, I would say I was first exposed to sex at the mere age of 7. It was me. Sitting on the red lazy boy in the downstairs lounge, breathing in the smell of my Mum’s freshly moisturised hand that abruptly crossed my eye line when the man aggressively took the ladies dress off. Even when I couldn’t see what was on screen while Mum scrambled for that remote, I knew that whatever was happening, wasn’t violent.

I grew suspicious... fast. 

 My upbringing was fast paced.…more


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Sex & the Sugas - Part 3

Sex & The Suga’s, brought to you by The Coconet, is an after-hours series written exclusively by Pasifika women, talking about all things sex and sexuality. A subject that is usually shied away from in Island culture, five women of various ages, sexual identities and island backgrounds, reveal some of their personal experiences and explore what their sexuality means to them. Stay tuned for a new story each week, after 10pm every Wednesday!

Part 3.

Lose, 28, Tongan.  

“I didn’t have a girlfriend to have sex with. I dated boys who wanted to have sex but I didn’t want to, I said no. It’s one thing to go to your parents as a heterosexual couple (which is accepted), but it’s another thing to ask to have sex and teach me about having sex with girl. So I had to confide in friends and do research.” 

I started having sex when I was 21. I knew I wanted to have sex, but I didn’t have sex until I got to New Zealand, because I couldn’t have sex back home.…more