Highlights from One Love Festival 2017 in Tauranga ...
Director/Editor: Mario Faumui
Camera Operators: Darryl Laumua, Jared Leith & Lizie Koroivulaono
Sound: Nate Leith & Marcus Lawson
Researcher: Olly Coddington
Production Manager: Natasha Panui-Morris
Producer: Lisa Taouma
Daz finds out what everyones festival essentials are & helps them with a bit of Jandal DIY
Director: Shimpal Lelisi
Editor: Jared Leith
Camera Operators: Adrian McBirney
Sound: David Green
Sound Assistant: Sefa Taouma
Talent: Darryl Laumua
Researcher: Olly Coddington
The Kingdom of Tonga held its annual Miss Heilala pageant this past week with the grand ball & crowning of this years Miss Heilala/Tonga.
Miss Heilala 2016, Laura Lauti completed her final duties this week with the girls and handed over the crown to the winner.
16 girls from Tonga, Australia, New Zealand & the USA were vying for the crown.
Congratulations to Miss Apraxus New Zealand - Opehilia Kava who has been crowned Miss Heilala this year.
She will now go on to represent Tonga at Miss Pacific Islands.
BALL GOWN PHOTOS
LAURA's FINAL WALK
MISS HEILALA 2017 - Ophelia Kitiliti Kava
In the village of Moana’s ancestors, leaders are made.
They are warriors, armed with creativity and bravery; alofa and reciprocity.
They are born to serve their people.
As Moana starts University she is called to lead her family, but what does it mean to Lead in South Auckland?
Alofa. Bravery. Rugby. Fagogo. Reciprocity. Community. Tauolunga. Faikava. Education. Social Media. Family. Creativity.
What does leadership mean to you? And who are the leaders in your life?
Southside Rise brings together 60 young leaders from 10 South Auckland schools in an all-singing, all-dancing, full scale original musical production that answers these questions.
Watch the young leaders of South Auckland as they are called to lead.
They are called to serve.
They are called to Rise.
Tomorrow night these 60 young people take the stage at Mangere Arts Centre with a full theatre production produced by The Black Friars theatre group and supported by the Creative Thinking Project, Creative NZ, Teach First NZ & the Manukau Institute of Technology.…more
The iconic Pasifika Festival celebrated its 25th birthday last week.
With free entry, more than 220 performance groups and 60,000 visitors, Western Springs Park was transformed into 11 villages representing the different Pacific Islands and included a 25 yr anniversary showcase.
Here are some of the beautiful Pasifika faces we came across at the festival ....
Now that Pasifika goes for 2 days we thought we'd try out the food on Saturday and give you our recommendations on what to try today if you're going down for the first time or maybe you're just ready for Round 2.
We went around to each of the villages and checked out some of the unique dishes to their island or in this case Pasifika Village
Tiare Events - Rukau Pie & Cook Islands Poke
"In the Cook Islands our parents feed us with the Rukau (taro leaves) - the rukau is boiled in the water and we put the coconut cream in it. When we come to New Zealand we learn from other Master Chefs and put our own twist on it. So we put the rukau into a pie.
Then poke is the over ripe banana which is boiled and then add arrowroot starch to it with Coconut Cream and bake it but not in the oven, in our underground oven - they wrap it and bake it in the umu.…more
Polyfest 2017 wrapped on Saturday afternoon and we've got more behind the scenes, performances & action from the Cook Islands & Niue Stages PLUS the results for each Pacific Island stage at Polyfest.
COOK ISLANDS STAGE
OVERALL WINNERS: Mangere College
2nd - Aorere College
3rd - Sir Edmund Hillary College
Behind the scenes, some performance highlights & action from the Samoan & Tongan stages at Polyfest 2017
Ei katu's or Head Lei's/Garlands seemed to be the popular head adornment of the day.
Check out some of the different designs on display down at Polyfest today ...
Great Poly talent threw it down in the ring last night for Canteen at the Cloud with support from well known artists and entertainers.
Our very own Tofiga Fepulea'i put his Aunty Tala dress away & took on MC duties with ring master Jared Turner.
22 individuals from all walks of life had trained and fundraised for the last few months which culminated with them stepping into the ring last night in 11 corporate boxing matches.
Supporters and spectators were also treated to 3 Professional exhibition matches which included Kickboxer & MMA fighter Genah Fabian.
Genah along with Ritchie Hardcore and Rod Mcswain had also helped with the training, preparation and corner support for each of the corporate matches as well.
Throughout the night there were also performances by Boh Runga, General Fiyah, Kings & Stan Walker with an outstanding 3 course meal designed by celebrity chefs Michael Meredith & Aaron Freeman.
More highlights & behind the scenes shots from the night below ....