• MY WORLD - NOAH SLEE

    MY WORLD - NOAH SLEE

    Tau Manukia talks about his Spasifix days as a legitimate 'garage band', going solo as 'Noah Slee', the name change, his debut solo album and more ...

  • My World - Jess B

    My World - Jess B

    Auckland Rapper Jess B (featuring DJ Half Queen) discusses music, friendship, what drives her to create rap and more..

  • My World - Olivia Foa'i

    My World - Olivia Foa'i

    From Te Vaka, to Moana, to her own breakout music career, the multi-talented Olivia Foa'i takes us into her world..

  • My World - Erana James

    My World - Erana James

    Erana James is a new fresh face in New Zealand's acting scene. Erana got her big break in the feature film 'The Changeover' which was released last year! 

  • MY WORLD - HEY IT'S DENDEN!

    MY WORLD - HEY IT'S DENDEN!

    Social media star & Deelicious Dance Crew dancer Dennis aka Hey it's Denden!  shares how he got his start, the inspiration for his videos, making people laugh and more ... #HeyItsDenden

  • MY WORLD - MAIMOA MUSIC

    MY WORLD - MAIMOA MUSIC

    Maimoa Music share their story, from when they established themselves as a group, their journey to encourage NZers to speak & learn Te Reo Māori, musicians they've been inspired by, the Wairua and more ... 

  • MY WORLD - ANUHEA

    MY WORLD - ANUHEA

    Anuhea shares about her family background in music, how a breakup brought her back to music, collaborating with Sammy J and more...

  • MY WORLD - ANTHONY MILFORD

    MY WORLD - ANTHONY MILFORD

    Anthony Milford shows us around the Brisbane Broncos headquarters and introduces us to his family including one of his aunties who looks really familiar ;) 

  • MY WORLD - ISRAEL STARR

    MY WORLD - ISRAEL STARR

    Reggae artist Israel Starr shares his upbringing in the '12 Tribes' Rastafarian faith, his Dad 'The Mighty Asterix' being an inspiration to him in his music and the music business and why he loves performing at 'East Coast Vibes' 

  • MY WORLD - SUIVAI AUTAGAVAIA

    MY WORLD - SUIVAI AUTAGAVAIA

    She is Malia from Baby Mama's Club & Hibiscus from Hibiscus&Ruthless, introducing the talented Suivai Autagaiva - Sharing her World as a Baby Mama making her way through the industry.

  • MY WORLD - NAKED SAMOANS

    MY WORLD - NAKED SAMOANS

    The Naked Samoans are made up of some of our most experienced Pacific comedic actors who created the hit animated comedy ‘Bro Town’ as well as their iconic theatre performances. Here for the first time they talk about how it all began, how they make their own work to stay alive as artists and why speaking to our own audiences is so important.

  • MY WORLD - THE KOI BOYS

    MY WORLD - THE KOI BOYS

    The Koi Boys talk about getting their break on 'The Voice Australia', the story behind their name and we follow them to the NZ Music Awards where they've been nominated for an award ...

  • MY WORLD - ANNE DUNN

    MY WORLD - ANNE DUNN

    Former Miss Fiji & Miss Pacific Islands Anne Dunn shares her world with us as she prepares to hand over the crown to this seasons pageant winner ...

  • MY WORLD - SIKA MANU

    MY WORLD - SIKA MANU

    Mate Ma'a Tonga captain Sika Manu talks about why it was important for him to play for Tonga in the Rugby League World Cup 2017 and shares some of his highlights of the campaign including his brother Swiss singing the National Anthem for them.

  • MY WORLD - EZRA WILLIAMS aka RAZE

    MY WORLD - EZRA WILLIAMS aka RAZE

    Ezra Williams aka RAZE shares how she got her start in the entertainment business starting off dancing and now putting out her own music with the support of her older sisters Emily & Lavina ...

  • INSPIRING ISLANDER - JOHN BELFORD-LELAULU

    INSPIRING ISLANDER - JOHN BELFORD-LELAULU

    From South Auckland to New York, the Philippines and Chile - a young Samoan architect and his group ‘MAU’ have been working on new ways to house communities of colour around the world. Raised in South Auckland as one of twelve siblings, New Zealand born Samoan, John Belford-Lelaulu, is one of the youngest Polynesian architects to use his skills to bring positive change to indigenous people in need. With a big heart for his Samoan heritage, strong ambition to learn and the desire to help the community and people he grew up around; John’s goal was to use his specific skills to make a social impact for his people.  {{7302}} “Poverty is a real thing. It’s happening in our own back yard’s and a lot of us aren’t even aware… …I feel it’s important, as a young Pacific Islander, to bring solutions to these situations because we see these issues through the same lens that our people see it”.  In 2015, as a fresh architecture graduate, John started to explore a variety of architectural approaches that different organisations were using. He was first exposed to social intentions whilst working with ‘The Roots’ on a project that allowed them to create mobile education labs for youth groups in South Auckland. This experience challenged him with the idea to integrate creativity and design for a good cause. “It made me think, if we’re doing this here in New Zealand, I’d love to learn from different organisations abroad; which was always my intent after studying.” {{7329}} He did just that. Weighing up options on whether to travel to Scandinavia, Sweden or New York City for research and volunteer work, John stumbled across ‘Open Architecture’ (previously known as ‘Architecture for Humanity’), an international organisation. “I thought if I wanted to do it, I’d better dream big and do big.” With no guaranteed work before he bought his one way ticket to New York, he found a role as a ‘Project Coordinator’ for mobile shelter facilities created for the chronically homeless in New York City; 100% voluntary. {{7331}} “I was like - Boom! That’s what I want to do. The project masterplan was a network of community gardens in homeless shelters that provided agricultural educational training for adults and open markets that allowed homeless residents to sell their product as a means of income, but also an income to upkeep, maintain, and extend the community gardens. That network was then connected by a number of "mobile education trailers" that provided, fun, lively, education outlets for children living with the homeless system.” Whilst volunteering in New York and working in hospitality as a local bar tender, an opportunity came up for a workshop in Los Angeles with 72andSunny, a marketing and advertising agency. “It was a week long workshop around creating an online tool that exposes the creative classes to underprivileged communities and also communities of colour. They were targeting how to diversify the creative class. We came up with an online tool that broke down each of the creative roles within a cultural moment."  {{7334}} With another cup of knowledge at hand and an even bigger vision ahead,  John then went on to accept an invitation to the Phillipines as part of an international outreach programme. As they embarked on this spontaneous trip, they encountered many villages that sparked inspiration to create youth dormitories, island cultural centres and other similar hubs that would be beneficial for the locals. Having seen the lifestyle they lived with his own eyes, the trip evolved into a passionate life changing moment for John in wanting to improve the living conditions of the poverty stricken locals.  {{7307}} “The experience was absolutely humbling. It was then and there at that moment, while I was standing on top of these rice plantations and looking down at the rest of the village; that was like my clicking moment. That clicking moment where I knew that this is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life.” He describes it as Humanitarian Architecture (or more commonly known as ‘Social design’). This meant more holistic and systemic approaches to social issues such as poverty, inequality and natural disasters.The drive to create an environment for people to use their own knowledge and skills within architecture and design was something that he committed to kicking off. Fortunately around the same time, Unitec had created a scheme they were running called the “Unitec Bold Innovative Scholarship”. The scholarship entailed 5 thousand dollars, an additional 5-6 thousand dollars for operational costs and ran for 3 months for anyone that had an innovative idea. Without hesitation, John took the opportunity, pitched his idea and from that, ‘Mau Studio’ was born. “The innovative idea was not necessarily starting up a studio, but about coming up with an innovative methodology. It’s more about ‘how can we come up with more a collaborative environment and how can we start learning from each other?’” In between laying the foundation for Mau, John went to Chile to work with Habitat for Humanity who partnered with an organisation called ‘Bringing our children home’. {{7317}} That organisation worked closely with hospitals, different institutions and social support networks who also work closely with families that have children with physical and mental disabilities. Habitat for Humanity worked with these families to provide better living conditions. The project/house John volunteered to work on was for a single mother with two children living at home; one of which was diagnosed with Asperger’s; a developmental disorder affecting ability to effectively socialise and .communicate. {{7327}} “Essentially there were 11 volunteers that were on board and we were planning on extending the house by two bedrooms. Throughout that week we put a concrete floor down, the walls, the roof and the interior lining. The way we set it up was in groups that would volunteer to complete different parts of the project. They phase everything out in different stages, which is very similar to what we want to be doing with Mau Studio in the Phillipines. {{7312}} That was why I went over to Habitat for Humanity; to learn about how they worked as an organisation and it ended up being a lot more than that for me. It just showed me, deep down, that these are the reasons why we should be doing this Humanitarian work. Not only for that family, but also for the volunteers too. {{7319}} These people showed humility, empathy, and a willingness to actually help. As much as I learnt from the actual build itself, I actually took away a lot of life lessons. It really re-instilled my faith into humanity.” {{7323}} Acknowledging that humanitarian architecture/design hadn’t yet been supported within the educational system, it encouraged John to plant that seed and to plant it in the ‘non-profitable’ side of architecture. “Something we said right from the beginning was that it’s a lot bigger than Mau Studio, it’s our future. How do we start influencing, inspiring and teaching the next generation of designers?” The methodology at Mau was created to provide incubators for high school students and professionals to begin designing and building humanitarian projects both here in New Zealand, Samoa and in the Philippines. “I feel like that’s what we need. Especially us as Pacific Island people. It’s more in tune with how we think which is more experiential, more culturally driven and has more of a meaningful social purpose. We think family and community and our education system doesn’t encourage us to do that or at least doesn’t support that kind of thinking.” {{7338}} With a support system in place, Mau Studio is now currently in the process of imbedding these into the curriculum, starting with De La Selle College, and Unitec, 2018. “In all my schooling years I’d heard of a number of academy’s; sports, trades, dance, you name it. There just wasn’t anything for the creative’s.” This means investing time and a sense of hope into relationships with communities in need and working closely with them to create improved environments and living situations. {{7342}} “For now, it’s a matter of being able to bring the people, projects and places together in order for the system to work, not only here in the heart of New Zealand, but also internationally, starting in Samoa and the Philippines.” John is currently in the Philippines discussing Mau’s first construction phase of a learning and play area at a church in Baguio. Pastor Lonzo and his team have already started excavating so the discussions around the cost and which local contractors and engineers will lead the build are well under way. A new approach to architure couldn’t be more timely than this one.  “It started off big. And it’s still very big. But this is only the beginning.” Don’t blink when watching this space! Go and check out maustudio.org. By Hanalei Temese

  • INSPIRING ISLANDER - IKITAGA MALO

    INSPIRING ISLANDER - IKITAGA MALO

     “Knowledge is Power” A women’s passion to change the lives of Fijian children through education “I believe that no child regardless of age, gender or social background should be deprived of their basic human rights, I believe in making a difference in life to help educate, trust and eliminate poverty”. {{7250}} Ikitaga Malo’s passion for the charity began when she was a little girl. A video of the late Princess of Wales Diana holding a helpless child sparked a fire in her to help children. She made it her mission to be the voice and make a difference for the children of Fiji.   A 30 year old from Matuku, Lau in Fiji and co-founder of EduFiji Kidz, Ikitaga is the second youngest of seven children and comes from a humble family. Both her parents are highly educated and hardworking citizens who instilled in their children the exact same values that saw them become successful in their respective fields in Fiji. {{7253}} “My parents taught me, it is important to be of service to your people and country you are born in. I’m thankful that my parents made me understand the value of life and culture”. These teachings allowed her to build a strong foundation for her own family and more importantly, herself. She started off as a volunteer educator in Fiji, and had seen first-hand the education system from beginning to end. In Fiji, children are a precious gift from God and Ikitaga felt it was her duty as a Fijian citizen regardless of where she goes or may be in the world, to give back by paving the way to building a solid foundation for any child’s future through proper education. {{7255}} She is no stranger to kids having had two beautiful boys at a young age. Yes it is taboo in the Fijian culture to be a young teenage mum, however, that did not stop her from pursuing a career in early childhood education. Her boys are her pride and joy along with her supportive and loving husband. She migrated to New Zealand in 2009 and studied Early Childhood Education and graduated with a Certificate which provided her with a sound understanding of the running’s of an early childhood centre. {{7257}} All through her studies, the volunteer stint in Fiji that ignited her passion to help the children back home ran deep in her blood and she never once lost sight of her end goal . “It is critical that a child is given the right learning tools to help develop them as confident and competent learners”. This led her to setup a charitable trust – EduFiji Kidz . An initiative started by like minded individuals wanting to acknowledge the importance of grassroots education. {{7259}} EduFiji Kidz provide professional development for Early Childhood Educators in Fiji to help inspire children to want to learn and give them wings to fly. The Trust was set up with the help of co-founder Highlanders Super 15’s player Patrick Osborne who shares the Trusts vision. Another big influence with the trust is Director Mrs. Angii Leevers, whose determination and shared passion for children and early childhood educators became the reason to have her lead the Workshop Team and be an integral part of EduFiji Kidz. EduFiji Kidz held their first workshop in Fiji in 2016 with a successful response from local teachers. A team travelled from New Zealand to Mokoni village with one goal, to empower and enrich lives of teachers for a better change, a better Fiji and most of all a new generation. {{7261}} The participants were teachers from 10 kindergartens in the Nausori area and were held at the school hall in Mokoni village. The workshop involved spending time with the teachers on the floor, seeing first hand interactions between teachers and students, providing teaching strategies and sharing knowledge on child development. The eagerness that the teachers showed to inspire the children was an overwhelming feeling to witness. To show the their appreciation and utmost gratitude, the teachers said vinaka vaka levu (Thank you) the best way we as Islanders know how to  - by performing a traditional ceremony to close the 3- day the workshops. {{7263}} With the Trust being only 2 since its inception it still has its hardships. We continue to explore options for funding future workshops as most of the funding to date has come out of our own pockets. The Trust is an extra activity aside from our paid work, so most of their free time is absorbed by the Trust. Albeit exhausting at times, the members of the trust persevere forward and the end product is rewarding. Ikitaga’s parent’s advice “determination and hard work will get you through” echoes through her head whenever she feels the wait of the world on her shoulders. {{7265}} Three quirky things about EduFiji Kidz co-founder Ikitaga Malo *  I would sell lollies in boarding school for the sake of breaking the rules and would give the money to my desk mate for her school holidays * I am an adrenaline junkie, I love anything to do with outdoors, i.e.: sky diving and pushing myself to the limit. * I love being different and off the charts a bit, I know and believe I sound like Beyoncé and Whitney put together but no one will tell me otherwise.

  • INSPIRING ISLANDER - NINA NAWALOWALO

    INSPIRING ISLANDER - NINA NAWALOWALO

    Nina Nawalowalo is a proud Fijian Stage Director and was recently awarded the Senior Pacific Artist Award worth $20,000 at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards. She is a theatre director with a reputation for making memorable pieces of theatre that reflect her Pacific culture and European theatre training – like the internationally acclaimed Vula and Masi, last year’s breakout success The White Guitar, and the more recent Marama.

  • INSPIRING ISLANDER - OPETAIA FOA'I

    INSPIRING ISLANDER - OPETAIA FOA'I

    OPETAIA FOA'I - FOUNDER OF TEVAKA, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, SINGER, GUITARIST, PERCUSSIONIST Born in Samoa, and raised in New Zealand with parents from the small Islands of Tokelau and Tuvalu, Opetaia Foa’i is the creator, composer and front-man of “Te Vaka”. Over the last 20 plus years he has released 9 albums of original music, heavily influenced by the culture and traditions of Polynesia. He has toured with his group, Te Vaka (a talented group of musicians and dancers from across the South Pacific), to over 40 countries around the world telling the stories and sharing the culture of the South Pacific.  {{5810}} Described as “one of New Zealand’s finest songwriters” and “a true son of the Pacific”, Opetaia won the Senior Pacific Artist award in 2005 for his contribution to Pacific Arts. He has received numerous awards for his music and performing with Te Vaka has represented New Zealand and the South Pacific at Prestigious events all over the world, including the Beijing Olympics, Rugby World Cup in Paris and Commonwealth Games. In December 2013 Opetaia signed with Walt Disney Animation Studios as a songwriter for the musical animated feature film “Moana" (a movie set in Polynesia 2,000 years ago), working alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights) and Mark Mancina (The Lion King). Moana was released in the US on November 23rd 2016 to rave reviews, topping the Thanksgiving eve box office sales for 2016 and going on to be nominated for a number of awards, including 2 Oscars. {{5806}} Opetaia is currently working on a number of new projects along with preparing the band for performances around the world in 2017 and 2018. At the 2017 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards he was awarded the 'Special Recognition Award - Outstanding Achievement' after a very special opening tribute performance by SUPA (SaintzUP Performing Arts). {{5808}} Read more on Opetaia here & follow him on Facebook here 

  • INSPIRING ISLANDER: LINDAH LEPOU

    INSPIRING ISLANDER: LINDAH LEPOU

    Lindah Lepou has long made her mark as a Pacific artist across many genres - as a soul singer, award winning designer and multi media artist. Her many ventures in life have taken her from the runways of Australia and the Pacific to the stages of Europe, but at her heart will always be her Samoan gafa and lineage, which has shown itself in her many stories on stage, sound and screen. This is one chapter in her story that celebrates her mutli dimensional genius.

  • MY WORLD - PIRI WEEPU

    MY WORLD - PIRI WEEPU

    Piri Weepu on moving from the Hurricances to the Blues, getting in shape & finding out about his Niuean roots!

  • Pua Magasiva on Love & Life

    Pua Magasiva on Love & Life

  • MY WORLD - TOKS FALE & TAMA TONGA

    MY WORLD - TOKS FALE & TAMA TONGA

    The Underboss Toks Fale & The Bad Boy Tama Tonga talk wrestling & life in Japan ...

  • Black Ferns Captian - Fiao'o Faamausili

    Black Ferns Captian - Fiao'o Faamausili

    Detective Constable Fiao'o Faamausili gives us a little look into her world from being a boss on the field to being a boss on the streets.

  • MY WORLD - Alanna Smith Miss Cook Islands 2017

    MY WORLD - Alanna Smith Miss Cook Islands 2017

    Alanna Smith tells us why she entered Miss Cook Islands and what she gets up to outside her tiara and sash. 

  • MY WORLD - Cat Tuivaiti

    MY WORLD - Cat Tuivaiti

    Cat visits Tonga for the first time with her husband Jimmy and father Otulea and shares a bit of her world with us ...

  • MY WORLD - Te Kohe Tukaha

    MY WORLD - Te Kohe Tukaha

    Actor Te Kohe (TK) is in Tahiti for the Va'a Championships and takes some time out to share a bit of his world with us ...

  • MY WORLD - STAN WALKER

    MY WORLD - STAN WALKER

    Stan shares his world with us from his Papakainga in Ruatoki and why he loves getting away down there.

  • MY WORLD - KAEA PEARCE

    MY WORLD - KAEA PEARCE

    Kaea shares her world with us, getting her start in the Royal family, the biggest highlight of her dance career, getting to tour with her sister and more ...

  • MY WORLD - ANNA CODDINGTON

    MY WORLD - ANNA CODDINGTON

    Anna gives us a peek into her world and shares about growing up in Raglan, then coming to Auckland for the first time, discovering her Cook Island heritage and more ...

  • Inspiring Islander - Lakita Morris-Meredith

    Inspiring Islander - Lakita Morris-Meredith

    Lakita Morris-Meredith at just 17 is the only female American Football referee in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In 2017 she also became the first female and youngest ref from Aotearoa/New Zealand to officiate at the IFAF Women's World Championship held in Canada.  Lakita grew-up with Gridiron all around her. Her dad, Paul Meredith, played in local team 'WildCats' and represented New Zealand in their national team, the SteelBlacks (previously IronBlacks).  Although Lakita tried some other sports like soccer, it was always gridiron which attracted her. But, being a girl she wasn't allowed to play even though she says with a laugh, she "could've smashed those boys". Lakita instead had to put-up with being a 'watergirl' at the games, while all the time asking questions about the rules. This led her into beginning as a ref at the age of 15. Now at the age of 17 she is in her third season and an inspiring islander as the only female gridiron referee in the country.

  • MY WORLD - Cougar Boys

    MY WORLD - Cougar Boys

    The Cougar Boys share a bit about their lives and how they've got to the point now where they can give back & shed light on important social issues ...

  • Miriama Smith on Fresh

    Miriama Smith on Fresh

    Miriama Smith talks getting her start with Shortland Street, loving her role as a brown woman CEO in Filthy Rich & living in the country ....

  • BEULAH KOALE - My World 2013

    BEULAH KOALE - My World 2013

    We go back with Beulah to his humble beginnings in Otara & his start in acting ...

  • MY WORLD - Tommy Nee in Niue

    MY WORLD - Tommy Nee in Niue

    "Kumi mo lagona e fakaaloga" Find and FEEL the love. Tommy Nee on overcoming depression and reconnecting with his roots in NIUE through music.

  • Joe Naufahu - Khal Moro on Game of Thrones Season 6

    Joe Naufahu - Khal Moro on Game of Thrones Season 6

    Tongan Actor, Joe Naufahu shares some details on the preparation for the show as well as his family and their big support on his career.    

  • MY WORLD - Common Kings 'Lost in Paradise' Tour

    MY WORLD - Common Kings 'Lost in Paradise' Tour

    The Common Kings were on tour in New Zealand earlier in the year so we stopped by to catch a glimpse of their world while on tour! 

  • James Rolleston - My World

    James Rolleston - My World

  • MY WORLD - FASITUA AMOSA

    MY WORLD - FASITUA AMOSA

    Actor & Comedian Fasitua Amosa takes us back to Savai'i, Samoa & shares his families saofa'i (matai/chief ceremony) that both him and his father were part of.

  • MY WORLD - Robbie Magasiva - BTS of Wentworth

    MY WORLD - Robbie Magasiva - BTS of Wentworth

    Robbie Magasiva on being in award winning Australian drama "Wentworth" playing prison guard Will Jackson.