• 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.

  • MY WORLD - ARDIE & NEHE

    MY WORLD - ARDIE & NEHE

    Rugby super stars Ardie Savea & Nehe Milner-Skudder share their world with us.

  • MY WORLD - JEFF HUNKIN

    MY WORLD - JEFF HUNKIN

    Jeff Hunkin, host of The Naked Choir shares how he got into singing, growing up in Welly & more ...

  • TYSON PEDRO - MY WORLD

    TYSON PEDRO - MY WORLD

    UFC Light Heavyweight fighter Tyson Pedro shares his world ...

  • MY WORLD - Ladi6

    MY WORLD - Ladi6

    Ladi6 shares her world with us while on tour ...

  • MY WORLD - ANIKA MOA

    MY WORLD - ANIKA MOA

    Singer & presenter Anika Moa gives us a little glimpse into her world ...

  • Sir La'auli Michael Jones Knighted for services to the Pacific Community and to Youth

    Sir La'auli Michael Jones Knighted for services to the Pacific Community and to Youth

    He was the first person to score a try in the first Rugby World Cup in 1987, one of the legends to have worn the Auckland, Manu Samoa and All Black jerseys. "I'm a product of a village," says Sir La'auli Michael Jones.  Sir La'auli Michael Niko Jones has been made a knight companion for being a driver of economic and social development for Pacific people in New Zealand and the Pacific region. Known as one of NZ's rugby greats, Sir La'auli Michael Jones (known as 'The Ice-man' for his precise clinical rugby play) will now also go down in history as a Knight having been awarded this top accolade on the Queens Birthday Honours list.  While he was awarded an MNZM for rugby in 1997 and inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003, it's been his work off the field that's earned him the Knighthood, as a key player in community and social development initiatives in the region.    He was the man on the ground at the forefront of campaigns to help devastated villages in Samoa with the Cylcones of the early 1980's, and then again at the coal face of the damage in Samoa and Tonga with the 2009 Tsunamis, getting aid to remote parts of the Islands.  He is the founder of the Village Community and Youth Trust in West Auckland, which has been working to keep more Pacifica youth in school, as well as the Village Sports Academy.  As a founder of the Pacific Advance Senior School in Otahuhu, and initiatives like the Pasifika Advancement Office at AUT, Michael has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to see Pasifika youth fulfil their educational potential.  'It does take a village to raise a child and that's part of who I am" he said of this KNZM award     Congratulations Sir La'auli Michael Jones

  • SARONA SNUKA aka TAMINA from WWE

    SARONA SNUKA aka TAMINA from WWE

    Krit catches up with his cousin Sarona who happens to be Superstar WWE Woman Wrestler "Tamina" Snuka - daughter of Jimmy "Supafly" Snuka.

  • SAVELINA FANENE aka NIA JAX from WWE

    SAVELINA FANENE aka NIA JAX from WWE

    Krit caught up with another WWE Superstar wrestling cousin - Savelina Fanene aka Nia Jax in Brooklyn, New York not long after she'd been drafted to the WWE roster ahead of Monday Night Raw!

  • MY WORLD - General Fiyah

    MY WORLD - General Fiyah

    General Fiyah shares his world with us ...

  • MY WORLD - SALA & SHAYNA from SURVIVOR NZ

    MY WORLD - SALA & SHAYNA from SURVIVOR NZ

    Sala & Shayna from Survivor NZ share their world, what they did before Survivor & how they're finding being on the show! 

  • Inspiring Islander - Benny Wenda

    Inspiring Islander - Benny Wenda

    “I decided that if I stayed, I would will be killed. I didn’t know where I would go but I prayed and said to my people ‘Today I will leave you with tears, but one day I will come back and you will smile’. If I escaped alive, maybe West Papua can be free.” - Benny Wenda That night, Benny Wenda escaped prison through a ventilation system, and travelled through the West Papuan mountain ranges until he reached the border to Papua New Guinea. Benny hid along the border for two weeks before receiving help from friends to cross and attain a fake passport, which would eventually take him all the way to the United Kingdom. Who would have thought that raising a flag in the Pacific could have you sentenced to 25 years in prison and almost assassinated three times? Benny Wenda will tell you this is exactly what happened to him in West Papua before he escaped in 2002. In the name of self-determination for his people, Benny has spent the last 13 years tirelessly advocating and informing the world of the ongoing genocide right here in the Pacific. West Papua has been occupied by Indonesia since 1969, when the “Act of Free Choice”, or as the West Papuans call “Act of No Choice” referendum was held. From a population of around one million people, a mere 1260 were chosen to vote, Benny Wenda’s father was one of them. “They were held at gun point to vote. When they said ‘Indonesia’ you were to put your hand up and stand. If you were voting for Papua you remained seated. Those who voted for Papua… Some of them had their tongues cut out, some were dropped from helicopters.” - Benny Wenda.  Subsequently, Indonesia took control of West Papua, and has capitalized off its natural resources ever since. The treatment of West Papuans during Indonesia’s occupation has been a silent atrocity. 500,000 men, women and children killed for trying to be free. For trying to live peacefully as an indepenent nation.  “West Papua is a Pacific issue, that’s why I’m always coming back to the Pacific – but no body knows, especially the new generation. That’s why I call it a “secret genocide” committed to the people of West Papua. 500,000 men, women and children killed, and the Indonesians get away with impunity. Journalists and media are totally banned, no one hears about any of it. They don’t want our pacific brothers and sisters knowing about this,” – Benny Wenda.  Back in West Papua, Benny was selected by his people to be a tribal leader. This responsibility meant he could use his power to lead his people towards independence. As he lead a peaceful rally in 2002, Benny raised the morning star flag and was arrested on the spot. He was charged with a 25-year prison sentence.   “I was targeted because I was a leader of the movement. I was arrested and put in prison and handcuffed for two weeks in a small dark room.  I went to court seven times, there were no witnesses and no evidence. I would ask the judge, what is my crime? Where is the evidence? Who is the witness?”  - Benny Wenda After all the court hearings which were never in his favour, Benny then had three attempts made on his life by other prisoners and guards. By this point, Benny decided his only option was to escape, and so he did. Three months later Benny’s wife and daughter were smuggled out of West Papua and joined his mission to fight for freedom. In 2003, he was granted political asylum by the British government.  “When I came to the UK I tried to explain the situation, but people had no clue what West Papua was or where west Papua was. It was so frustrating, I thought I would leave and people would already know what was happening, and I realized nobody knows.” - Benny Wenda Benny set up the Free West Papua Campaign, which undertook a ‘Freedom Tour’ to raise awareness of the ongoing issues in his home country. The tour visited the US, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. In 2009 Benny launched the International Lawyers for West Papua in the hopes of developing a framework within the international legal community to outline the illegality of Indonesia’s occupancy in West Papua. He has been working all day every day for over a decade to free his people from genocide. West Papua will always be Benny’s home, and when it is safe it is his dream to return. “We are not here (UK) looking for a better life, we are here on a mission to one day return home. That’s what I tell my children – we are here for safety. One day we will go back and help our people.” “We are part of the pacific family. We are still fighting colonialism, discrimination, racism. the pacific has a moral obligation to help. The pacific region cannot be free until West Papua is free. Join the Pacific coalition for West Papua. You have the ability to educate the people around you – social media is a great weapon. One of the strongest. You have the power to make change, and you will be proud one day when we are free.” - Benny Wenda      

  • MY WORLD: TOFIGA FEPULEA'I

    MY WORLD: TOFIGA FEPULEA'I

    Our fave comic superstar Tofiga aka Aunty Tala aka Uncle Sam aka Faikakala shares a slice of his world on the Opening night of his new solo show 'I Gan't Beliv it' 

  • MY WORLD - Genah Fabian

    MY WORLD - Genah Fabian

    NZ Female Fighter - Muaythai/MMA -No.1 Australian Muaythai ISKA WW -No.1 Sth Thailand WW •Fighting out of AKA Thailand, Phuket.

  • MY WORLD: FRANKIE ADAMS

    MY WORLD: FRANKIE ADAMS

    Frankie Adams shares her world with us! 

  • Inspiring Islanders: Fenton Lutunatabua

    Inspiring Islanders: Fenton Lutunatabua

    Fenton is a writer, photographer, media relations expert and climate change activist based in the beautiful islands of Fiji. Through his work as the Pacific Communications Coordinator with 350.org, he’s worked extensively across the region and the world, elevating  the voices of people at the frontlines of climate impacts , particularly on our land and on our people – the Humans of the Pacific Islands.  I am tough curls, chocolate skin, and deep brown eyes. I am both land and ocean, and I am neither. I am neither island nor city, and I am both. I am the scorching sun and the dancing moon. I am the woven ibe and the cane couch. I am the beach and the taste of salt and sea, and I am the wild waterfalls and the quiet of streams and shade. I am taki circles of kava and mango skin stained fingers, and I am craft beers and a belly full of falafels I am Bata flip-flops with my initials carved in them, and I am old dirty chucks and a faded blue passport. I am bright bula shirts and shell necklaces, and I am dinner jackets and dress shoes. I am salt, lemon, and cawaki, and I am salt, lemon, and ceviche I am curry eaten with my fingers, and I am Deepawali consumed with my eyes. I am two-minute noodles and fried casava, and I am sashimi and vegemite sandwiches. I am praise and worship and favorite bible verses, and I am golf on Sunday and a beer by the beach. I am filters on snapchat and hours on instagram, and I am handed down tabuas and gifted Masi. I am the iTaukei without the deep roots, and I am the deep roots without the entitlement. I am the susu madrai with the ika tavu aspirations, I am both product and origin, I am both then and I am now. I am the child of Fiji with footprints across cultures, and I am the child of footprints scattered across Fiji. I grew up a product of my mother's dreams and aspirations. A manifestation of her hopes as she packed her suitcase and moved from the outer islands to the city, in search for a different life. I was born a first- generation- Fijian- urban- dweller, with no lived experiences of a village life. As a child, I believed that there was one single story about the Fijian identity, and it was a story- I didn't measure up to. In my single story of the Fijian identity, A Fijian would be able to stand on both feet in their father's village, and claim that land as their own, a Fijian would know the ins and outs of farming and fishing, and a Fijian could easily hold a conversation in the iTaukei language.  I didn't grow up with my Dad, fish and taro were what my Mum picked up in Navua on our way home to Pacific Harbor and, while I can understand Fijian perfectly, what the words sound like in my head and what actually rolls off my tongue - are very different. For a long time, I persistently subscribed to this single story about the Fijian identity. The single story that seemed to reject my authentic truths. As a child I remember feeling alone. I was born into a situation that enabled my contemporary disposition on life and this sense of self-didn't fit into the dominant narrative I learned about the Fijian identity.  In many ways, that single story about the Fijian identity, anchored me down. However, I have come to learn that we are more than a single story, and if anything, it's the anti narrative that has taught me that my identity isn’t shaped by the things I lack, but rather the things we share. Our links to the land and to the ocean and how that defines us, our faith in stories passed down through generations and how it informs us, and our respect for family and community and how that shapes us. What truly defines who are, are the powerful values at the core of each of us. It's our multiple truths and shared stories, that truly shapes our identity. Accepting that, is a gift I think we owe to ourselves. Because when we stand boldly in all of who we are, and when we are grounded in the conviction of our entire selves, we are liberated and have the honor of paying that forward. Who we are, are the multiple truths of our stories, and it's important that we acknowledge that a single story is an incomplete narrative, and an incomplete narrative isn’t our entire truth. Accepting that, has really shaped and informed the work that I do. I work with 350.org- a growing global movement of changemakers that exist to address the many challenges with climate change. In the Pacific, I serve the Pacific Climate Warriors. A group of inspiring young climate activists spread across 15 Pacific Island Nations, who bring about deep transformational justice, through storytelling and faith and cultural organizing, in grassroots communities.We exist to build a climate movement in the Pacific, for the Pacific, and with the Pacific. At the foundation of who we are, is the commitment to elevate stories of people at the forefront of injustices brought about by climate change. Serving the Pacific with the Climate Warriors has given my story, a very empowering sense of validation. My story with climate change began with my grandfather, Byron Fisher. Long ago, when I was maybe 10 or 11 years old, my grandfather took me out fishing. I remember we were standing out by the ocean on some rocks, and my Pa had a spear in his hand and a smile in his eyes, waiting for dinner to swim by. To pass the time, Pa would tell me stories about his old people, that day, he told me that we come from a family of boat builders and fishermen, and the ocean would always be kind to us. This was my Pa’s truth- his story and his story put food on the table for my mother and her siblings. I especially remember this story for two reasons. One, was because it helped me appreciate his truth- I saw a side of my Pa I had never seen before, and two, it showed me the power of storytelling. You see the stories we tell each other about ourselves, have power, and it's important that we get these stories right.  Two years ago I got to visit the low-lying atoll island of Tuvalu. My friend, Logo Monise is from there. The highest point on her island home is no higher than five meters. For Logo and her family, sea level rise is problematic. Saltwater intrusion means her fresh water supply is affected, flooded pig- pens mean her food security is threatened, and the rising sea means graveyards are now underwater. In February 2015, king tides hit Kiribati, another low-lying atoll Island. Vasiti Tebamaare was at the Betio Maternity Hospital when it hit. She said that the king tides were so huge that the 2-meter high sea wall erected to protect the hospital, simply didn't stand a chance. The entire hospital was destroyed. Mothers and their newborns were caught in this utter chaos confused, cold and afraid.  Later that year, I was in Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.  Everyone that I spoke to about changes they have experienced with the climate told me the same thing. Living in Pohnpei nowadays is like living in a volcano. The heat is unbearable, and on top of that, they don’t understand why the traditional winds that signal seasonal changes, don’t blow when they should anymore.  Their breadfruit trees don’t fruit, their catch from fishing is growing smaller and smaller, and most of their vegetables wither and die out. These are the stories of climate change that  I'm sure you've heard before. And if you look at the existing narrative of our people in the face of climate change, without pessimism, you fail to understand our realities. Our realities as Pacific Islanders is that we are dealing with a crisis that we barely contribute to. The developed world has gambled with the climate and lost. Our land is the jackpot and the ocean is collecting her wins. However, as authentic as these stories about climate change in the Pacific are, they are not the entire story. This is only a half-truth, and when half-truths are told, the pursuit for justice is misguided. And that is why we do the work that we do. We work in the Pacific to tell you stories about our truths as Pacific Islanders not just living but thriving, on the front lines of climate change. We work to give our stories justice. While it's important to talk about Logo and sea level rise, let's also talk about how over the last 3 years, a network of young Pacific Islanders working on climate justice through faith and community based organising, have stepped unapologetically into their power calling on regional leaders, world leaders and the fossil fuel industry to commit to moving away from fossil fuels and to finance a just transition towards renewable energy. While we talk about Vasiti and King tides, let's also talk about how 30 Pacific Climate Warriors used traditionally built hand made canoes to blockade the largest coal ship in the world in 2014. Let’s talk about how this modern day David vs Goliath battle was a moment where young Pacific Islanders showed the world that when a small group of like minded people come together, anything is possible. Let’s talk about how this action, the very first one for the Pacific Climate Warriors, continue to inspire groups of people world over and encourage them to always speak truth to power. While we talk about how the climate is changing and making traditional knowledge more and more irrelevant, let's also talk about how the same network of young people joined the People’s Pilgrimage in Italy before heading to a three day fast and prayer vigil in the Vatican, praying for their Island leaders heading into international climate negotiations, and praying for their island homes. Let’s talk about how even though the climate is changing, their faith and belief in their convictions remain unwavering. Let's address the inequality in the existing narrative by shifting it to one that speaks of our shared strength as Pacific Islanders, our resilience as a people, and our Warrior spirits. When you look at the spirit of our people in the face of climate change, and you're not filled with optimism- you fail to understand our courage.  Our courage as a people is the type of courage that thrives whilst existing in a perpetual state of rehabilitation. Our courage as a people is the type of courage that will build a movement of Pacific Islanders demanding climate justice. Our courage as a people is the type of courage that will stop giant coal ships with handmade canoes. This is our courage and our courage is our story, and I urge you to connect to the truths behind our story. We are more than just broken down seawalls, dead breadfruit trees, and fewer fish, we are the story of our courage in the face of climate change, and it's that story that must inform the work that we do when thinking about justice for the Pacific. This world cannot continuously wreck this planet for profit, and paint Pacific Islanders as nothing more but mere victims in this climate crisis. This world must keep fossil fuels in the ground and commit to a just transition towards renewable energy. Collectively, we need to consciously shift the narrative of Pacific Islanders to what is really is! We are the king tide and we are the new wave. We are the sinking island, and we are the rising islands. We are tough skin, chocolate eyes, and deep curls. We are both land and ocean, and we are each other. We are my story, we are your story, and we are our story.   By Arieta Rika - founder of Talanoa, a storytelling venture which captures the tales and yarns of young people in the Pacific as a way of educating, empowering and inspiring through examples of lived experience.

  • Inspiring Islander: Maureen Unasa

    Inspiring Islander: Maureen Unasa

    Maureen Unasa was brought up to believe that weaving was for little, old ladies hunched over with back problems. Yet the vivacious Samoan mother of five is anything but. From a humble garage space in western Sydney suburbia, Maureen is taking on the world of fashion with traditional weaving techniques she only learnt a few years back when she was asked to help out with a school art project. Being the only parent from a Pacific Islander background, she wanted to give the project a "Pacific Island flavour". Her original idea was to cut up some old weaved mats her mother had given her, but little did she know how precious these objects were. Meeting up with some weavers in Parramatta, they educated her on the value of traditional weaving, and taught her some basic techniques which began her obsession with the art. Maureen Unasa wearing her very first Wearable Art piece using a traditional Samoan weaving technique Fours years later Maureen has taught herself how to use these traditional methods to make unique fashion from modern materials such as fabric and satin ribbon and she was asked to create a collection for the annual fashion event Pacific Runway. "When I realised I could manipulate the weaving and bring it out... I thought 'I wonder where else I can take this?  Fashion is something I've really grown to love" Without the use of a sewing machine or a hot glue gun - tools of the trade in the fashion industry - she created seven pieces (if you don't count the three she decided not to publicly show) entirely by hand weaving each individual item. Photo Credit:  Dusk Devi Vision Check out her full collection on the Pacific Runway Facebook page here  Through the help of Global Sisters - a Sydney-based organisation helping women who face barriers due to their circumstances by providing the tools they need to start and grow a business - Maureen was able to turn her passion into a career. Now she is partnering with them to give back to her community. Through her own business Samoan Weaving HQ, Maureen is flying back to her home country this week to mentor six women by helping them build their own skill sets weaving table decor that will be sold back in Australia. Source & Photo Credit:  Australia Plus - Read the full story here

  • Inspiring Islander: Keven Mealamu

    Inspiring Islander: Keven Mealamu

    Careers NZ have put together exciting videos showcasing inspiring success stories of well known Pasifika people. In this video they talk to former All Black Hooker Keven Mealamu about his career journey, the importance of family and he also gives his advice for achieving success. "Keep looking to grow yourself, keep learning new things - something that keeps you excited".  Visit www.careers.govt.nz for independent information and advice on learning and work choices or call them on 0800 222 733  

  • My World - Josh Thomson

    My World - Josh Thomson

    Actor, Comedian & TV Presenter Josh Thomson gives us a peek into his world  .

  • Music & Ta Moko with Tiki Taane

    Music & Ta Moko with Tiki Taane

    The talented Tiki Taane shares growing up with music and his love for Māori Tā moko.

  • MY WORLD - Wairangi Koopu

    MY WORLD - Wairangi Koopu

    Wairangi shares his world with us - all things legue, Māori culture and whānau! 

  • MY WORLD: TEAM DYNAMITE

    MY WORLD: TEAM DYNAMITE

    The Team Dynamite boys share a slice of their world with us! . .

  • MY WORLD: GEORGE "FIJI" VEIKOSO

    MY WORLD: GEORGE "FIJI" VEIKOSO

    Fiji shares with us his love for the Herbs, growing up in Fiji and getting his music start in Hawai'i .

  • MY WORLD - Moana Ete

    MY WORLD - Moana Ete

    We're in the 04 with Moana Ete and she shares a little bit of her world with us ... .