Shortland Street 25 Year Anniversary

For 48 hours, TVNZ have unlocked the geo block on Shortland Streets 25 year anniversary so their global fans can watch and enjoy!

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COMMON KINGS in Auckland

The Common Kings were back in town for their "Lost in Paradise" NZ/Aus tour on Saturday night where they played to a full house at the Power Station.

Earlier in the day they were also presented with their Best International Pacific Artist Award from the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards which they'd won at last years VPMAs.

We've got a few highlights from the night below and look out for them hosting Fresh some time this season.

And check out their latest music video for 'Mary Wanna' here ...

The boys are currently in Rarotonga where they'll be playing at Rehab before continuing on with the rest of the tour in Australia.


Fijian Singer-Actress Paulini Curuenavuli in The Bodyguard Musical

Go Behind The Scenes with The Star of 'The Bodyguard Musical' on now in Australia

With her incredible voice, stunning looks and engaging personality, Paulini is one of Australia’s most uniquely talented performers. The Fijian-born singer songwriter first enthralled the nation on the inaugural series of Australian Idol. Audiences instantly fell in love with Paulini’s impressive five octave range – a voice still unrivalled and like no other in this country. Since then Paulini has forged a hugely successful career. Her debut album ‘One Determined Heart’ and smash single ‘Angel Eyes’ achieved double platinum status, both hitting the #1 spot. She is still one of only 10 Australian female solo artists to have a #1 album on the Australian ARIA Charts.

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Return to Shortland Street

Shimpal Lelisi on performing in the Shortland Street musical, being a Poly in the industry, and how theatre has shaped his life. 

Recently I took part in workshopping Shortland St – the musical, for the Auckland Arts festival RAW season. The fact I would be playing four separate characters, have to learn five full musical numbers with choreography, with only eight days rehearsal for two showings to an already sold out audience, didn’t faze me in the slightest! I love this sh*t!

This year marks Shortland Streets 25 birthday and most people under the age of 30 will not know a New Zealand without Shortland St on its TV screens. The musical I would be workshopping was hoping to cash in on this familiarity and its birthday commemorations to realise a fully staged production. The fact the director of the workshop would be Simon Bennet, one of the tv series original directors and producers; encouraged not only me but the many involved, that this would be a work of merit.…more


Adele invites Kapa Haka group on stage at Auckland show


Parris Goebel choreographs new Jason Derulo video

The new Jason Derulo vid is fiiiiirrrrrrre and it must be cause of that Aotearoa touch. Choreographed by dancing queen Parris Gobel and starring RQ girls Kaea Pearce and Kirsten Dodgen

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Go behind the scenes with Parris Goebel

Interview with Dance Queen Parris Goebel


'The World in Your Window' selected for the Tribeca Film Festival

Coco congrats to NZ director Zoe Mcintosh whose short film 'The World in Your Window' has been selected as one of the 57 short films competing at the Tribeca Film Festival  in New York this April, out of a whopping 4,385 submissions!  
The short film stars 2 Pacific Island actors who are both of Tongan descent - David Lolofakalanga Rounds (Lolo Jnr) makes his acting debut in the short film as Jesse.  
Zoe discovered young Lolo Jnr at her local Boxing Gym (City Boxing in Kingsland) where Lolo Jnrs father (Internationally renowned Boxing, Kickboxing & MMA trainer Lolo Heimuli) coached at the time.  Zoe said she was drawn to Lolo Jnrs intense focus, creativity and gentleness. She also observed his loving relationship with his father. This genuine connection and empathy for his father was at the heart of the character, Jesse. 
Well known actor Joe Folau who has appeared in several big feature films and TV series including NZ TV series 'Filthy Rich', also stars in the short film as Jesse's father.…more


One Thousand Ropes

Written and directed by Tusi Tamasese, ‘One Thousand Ropes’ had its world premiere last week at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The second much awaited feature from the director of 'The Orator', 'One Thousand Ropes' is a haunting and emotional Samoan film about navigating relationships and redemption. Tamasese tells the story of a Samoan father attempting to redeem his violent past and rebuild a relationship with his daughter. The film stars Uelese Petaia as the main character and Frankie Adams as his daughter. 


In the same way that ‘The Orator’ (also written and directed by Tamasese) was specific in its cinematic aesthetic and pace, One Thousand Ropes is also extremely visually unique. It's difficult to assign one particular genre to this film, as it feels like a mixture of drama, horror and thriller. Tamasese's approach to storytelling tends not to conform to typical styles of filmmaking. The predominant use of Samoan language makes One Thousand Ropes an especially unique film.…more


Sione Lauaki Tribute by Nick Afoa

"Tofa My Feleni" tribute to Sione Lauaki by Nick Afoa & Lasalo Elia

Sione Lauaki passed away on February the 12th, 2017 in Auckland at the age of 35.

He had played 17 tests for the All Blacks and over 70 caps for the Waikato Chiefs over 7 seasons before moving to France to play for Clermont and Bayonne before his kidney problems were picked up.  Earlier in his career he had also played for the Pacific Islands test team & NPC for Auckland.

He had lived in Rarotonga with his wife Stephanie & their children for the last few years.

Enjoy this beautiful tribute by Nick & Lasalo and a highlights video below of his rugby career



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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson wins Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Awards

Last night Dwayne Johnson won big at the NAACP awards taking home 'Entertainer of the year'.  The People’s Champ topped fellow 'Entertainer of the Year' nominees Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper, Viola Davis and Regina King.

He had been nominated for 'Entertainer of the Year', 'Outstanding actor in a Comedy Series' for "Ballers" and 'Outstanding Character Voice Over Performance' for Maui in Disney's MOANA.

In his acceptance speech he dedicated his award to his late Grandfather High Chief Peter Maivia and his Father Rocky Johnson.  You can watch his acceptance speech here  

Presented annually, the NAACP Image Awards is recognized as America's preeminent multi-cultural awards show from an African American point of view.  The event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.…more