"The Greatest Showman" Coco review

The Greatest Showman.

Whats better than seeing your aunty, I mean a bearded lady at your family xmas party?

Seeing a bearded lady at the movies!  In this case in "The Greatest Showman", The PT Barnham tale of how the modern day circus came to be.

Hugh Jackman returns to his musical roots with a performance worthy of White Sunday praise. Not only does he play the lead in this sometimes funny and sometimes exciting musical, but he also reminds you of just how white teeth can be. It makes you close your lips for the whole movie.
Dental whites aside, Hugh "Whiteteeth" Jackman and cast do a wonderful job of stitching together 90 mins of song and dance.  

Ironically it does feel like one of Jackman’s earlier movies, the X men - A group of misfits come together to find a place where they can belong and call home, a bald man in a wheel chair houses them all and calls them the Xmen - Which is exactly what PT Barnham did to create the first ever circus.…more



So many golden moments for our Pasifika communities across the diaspora in 2017 from the Golden Globes to the streets of Manurewa and the sports fields of Teufaiva in Tonga, starry Islanders have made their mark on the world in a dazzling variety of ways.

Some of the Coco highlights this year have included: - 


Led by their Samoan Captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili it was the year of the Black Fern for Rugby highlights this year, as the kiwi team beat out the All Blacks and England to scoop the pools as World Rugby Team of the Year. 

The New Zealand women dominated at the World Rugby Awards ceremony held in Monaco, with three awards going the way of kiwi teams and players.…more



Thirteen Pacific people have been recognised in the New Zealand New Years Honours list and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio has congratulated the Pacific recipients named in the New Year’s Honours.
“The recipients have made an outstanding contribution within the Pacific community and I know that the Pacific community will celebrate in their success,” Mr Sio says.
Former All Black and Manu Samoa rugby coach Tuifa'asisina Bryan George Willams aka BeeGee is now a 'Sir' and has been appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to rugby, only one of 3 new Knights & four Dames in the Honours List.
It is his fourth honour, having previously received the Order of the British Empire in 1983, the Samoan Order of Merit in 1996 and the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013.

Other Pacific people honored on this years list come from a wide variety of sectors and includes - 
Member of the Order of New Zealand 
 - Sharon Wilson-Davis for Services to the Pacific Community 


"Coco" review

In and amongst the madness that is xmas shopping and school holidays, both of which can twist the soles of our rubber jandals, many of us look forward to what little respite our friends at Pixar and Disney can give, to cool tensions and in many cases, save us from using our jandals as frisbees to be thrown at peoples faces.

Luckily enough, there is a decent crop of animated movies it the local cinema to keep us all in check this holiday season. From not so raging bulls to young witches on broom sticks, it’s a good time to be that good Dad, Uncle or Aunty, and take the kids to the movies.

Leading the animated assault this year is Coco (queue music...I’m in love with the coco), a story about a young boy (Miguel), whose quest to become a famous musician goes against the wishes of a long line of relatives who are hell bent on keeping him in the family shoe making business. If this was a Samoan story, this film would end here.…more



With Christmas less than a week away we've put together a list of Pacific Island owned or made products that would make fantastic presents for friends, family and loved ones.



Koko & Ki is a stationery line & design service. Their design style and work is varied/eclectic, sprinkled with graphic design work, illustrations & floral designs that celebrates their Samoan & South Pacific identity, language & lifestyle.

Check out more of their work here

They've released malu inspired & palm leaf patterned gift wrap as well as a lifestyle journal just in time for Christmas.  

NB:  They're based in Australia so they might not get to you by Xmas Day if you're outside of Aussie BUT they do have online gift cards available.

Shop on their website here and follow them on Facebook here



Handmade Pacific earrings and brooches by Leone Tui worked from bright, bold polymer clays.  She started out making them for herself and was originally an after-hours creative outlet during maternity leave.…more


LEKI BOURKE - Performing Arts through the eyes of the Pacific

Leki Bourke and the Sau E Siva troupe who wowed audiences with their productions this year, took several moments in the limelight last night as they were presented 3 winning Theatre awards by Prime Minister Jacinda Adern.
Behind the smiles and accolades, these students who won the awards over many seasoned mainstream professionals, are still reeling in the bitter aftermath of the doors slamming on P.I.P.A, their home and learning ground for the last 3 years.  
PIPA staff were told not to come to work this week, following the shock announcement that Best Training, the private company that housed the course, had gone into liquidation and could no longer pay the tutors until the end of the year.
Most staff and students found out there would be no work or graduation ceremony for them, via a One News piece last Friday.


10 things you need to know about the Tongan election

While rugby league and the prospect of a Tongan team taking the World Cup is currently gripping Tongans around the world, in the Kingdom there is an election to be won today.  

Massey University Pasifika Director Associate Professor Malakai Kolamatangi will be an observer at the election and says this is what you need to know ahead of the vote.

 * The election is a year early after King George Tupou the sixth dismissed the country's scandal-ridden Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva and dissolved parliament in August and called for a fresh election.

* The Government was dissolved on the advice of the Speaker of the House Lord Tu'ivakano and the Tongan Privy Council. It follows a series of Government controversies including the dismissal of three cabinet ministers including one convicted of bribery, the creation of a golf course at the Popua wetland and heritage area, a decision to part privatise the National Broadcaster and the decision to pull out of hosting the Pacific Games.…more


EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BE - Tonga Leiti's Association

An ad campaign to create awareness of the need for law reform so that people with diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities are not discriminated against in the Kingdom of Tonga.



How significant if it to have two Pacific women in cabinet?

Extremely. At any given time we have only ever had one Pacific cabinet minister at the most and up until now we have had no Pacific women in cabinet - and now we have two!

How strong is Pacific representation going to look in parliament this term?

Better than ever before. Four out of Labours 21 Ministers will be Pacific (five will be Maori). Two are inside cabinet and two are outside. We have never had that many Pacific MPs in Ministerial positions. Labour also has two other wonderfully talented MPs who will undoubtedly have their talents put to good use - Poto Williams and Anahila Suisuki. There are still select committee chair positions and whips positions to be decided so one or both of them could end up in these important positions. Representation is crucial but more importantly now our focus has to be on how we most effectively serve our communities.more


Call to Ensure Transgender Recognition

Tonga’s Leiti’s Association calls for recognition of transgender people

The Vice President of Tonga Leiti’s Association has called for a clear definition of gender equality to ensure that everyone, including transgender people, are included and taken into consideration in decision-making.

Joey Mataele, who was born male but lives as a woman, was in Suva as part of the 13 Triennial Conference of Pacific Women where a platform for gender equality was approved and passed by Pacific Ministers for Women for endorsement.

“When you talk about gender equality , you are talking about the overall population not just women and men, people living with HIV, people living with disability, transgender women, transgender men, that do exist in this world,” Mataele said.

She said one of the challenges that they faced in Tonga was the limitation of being recognised for who they are.

“We are known to be the decorators, we are known to be the chefs, we are known to be the hard- labour people but when it comes to decision making, we are nowhere to be seen,” Mataele said.…more