Sports

Rugby: Our Samoan International Women Captains around the world

Manu Sina shared this tweet last night and we had to take a closer look at these amazing women representing around the globe "An outstanding statistic in @WorldRugby where 5 captains in recent times are Samoans. Tama'ita'i leading from the front. #uso

Amazing because Samoa is a small island nation in the middle of the Pacific with a total population of just over 197,000 and to have FIVE Samoan women captaining international teams is an exceptional achievement!  

and amazing because 4 of these women captain Tier 1 nations teams.

We take a closer look at these captains and their achievements starting with the Manu Sina (Samoa's Womens Rugby) captain.

MASUISUIMATAMA'ALI'I (SUI) TAUAUA-PAUARAISA 

Captain:  Manu Sina (Samoa)

Sui has been described by the Star Kiwi in Canterbury as the definition of a real-life Wonder Woman.…more


Entertainment

JASON MOMOA: AQUAMAN

We got a sneak peek of 'AQUAMAN' last night & we can hands on heart say you'll love it and not just because Jason Momoa and his hot self blesses the screen with his presence in pretty much every scene.

There's loads of action, the visuals & under water scenes are amazing, the cast is very cool - shouts to New Zealands own Temuera Morrison & did we mention more Jason Momoa?  Here's our Coco crew review ...

"Great story of the families. Good mix of land and sea. Awesome to watch the underworld in this way. Heaps of action scenes, family story and deep meanings. Good references of our poly/maori heritage.  Colourful and fast paced in some places and then slows down to five the audience time to breathe and digest what just happened"  - Elizabeth Koroivulaono 

"Heaps of fun! Full of action, amazing visuals and colour - the underwater world is awesome. Lots of Polynesian and Māori easter eggs in there for the peoples! Jason Momoa is a likeable renegade antihero.…more


Sports

VAI SIKAHEMA - SOLE BROTHERS

Watch the beautiful story of how former NFL players Vai Sikahema and Barret Brooks are bonded for life over a simple act of Kindness. 

Vai Sikahema has been a pioneer for his island nation of Tonga.  He's the first Tongan to win a football scholarship to Brigham Young University, the first Tongan to play in the National Football League and the first Tongan to play in the Pro Bowl.

Upon retiring from the NFL in 1994, Vai was hired by then-CBS owned and operated television station WCAU in Philadelphia to do weekend sports.  He later moved to weekdays, becoming a morning news anchor as well as the station's sports director.

In 2002, Vai graduated from BYU — 17 years after he left the school to join the NFL!   As of 2018, he's been at WCAU for 24 years.  He also regularly contributes a column, generally related to religion rather than sports topics, to the Deseret News.

Credit:  NFL Films 


Blog

KEYS DOWN, REAL TALK ft MAREKO

Keys Down, Real Talk – True Story #2

“I didn’t think anything of it, that anything was serious at the time”

Here is the 2nd #KeysDownRealTalk story featuring Mareko.  The campaign message is simple: there’s no safe level of alcohol when you’re driving.

#KeysDownRealTalk is a new campaign aimed at reducing drink driving. The community-led initiative features three video stories created in collaboration between, South Auckland award winning sound/music & video producer Anonymouz, and three popular South Auckland urban music artists - Tha Movement, Mareko, Swiss and Ōtāhuhu-based DB Breweries.

#DontDrinkAndDrive


Blog

TOGETHER ALONE

By Indira Stewart, RNZ

Read RNZ’s full investigation into Pasifika mental health here: http://shorthand.radionz.co.nz/together-alone/index.html  

Mental health will become the most important issue for Pacific people in New Zealand over the next decade, a South Auckland psychiatrist says.

Dr Siale Foliaki says self-harm and suicide attempts are growing issues in the Counties-Manukau district, which has the country's largest Pacific population.

"They sometimes end up in an intensive care unit. We see all sorts of self-harm, the sort of self-harm that would frighten you if you saw them, so some serious trauma. And you've got to ask yourself [what] the state of mind of a young person has to be able to inflict that level of trauma,” he says.…more


Sports

TUA TAGOVAILOA - HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST

Each year in December The Heisman Memorial Trophy aka the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman, is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.

This year Samoan Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (born and raised in Hawaii) who plays for the Alabama Crimson Tide is a finalist.  It's the first time in 84 years that the top 3 vote getters are Quarterbacks of colour!  

Another Samoan Quarterback born in Hawai'i - Marcus Mariota won the Heisman in 2014.

The 2018 winner of the award will be announced tomorrow night in New York.  All the best Tua!  Check out his 2018 highlight reel in the video above.


Humans of the Islands

HUMANS OF THE ISLANDS - ASUELU PULA'A

Asuelu Pula'a from a little village in Falealili, Upolu, Samoa went viral around the world after appearing in the US TV show '90 Day Fiance' Season 6 with his fiance Kalani.

We check in with him to find out how he's enjoying his new life in America! 


Blog

KEYS DOWN, REAL TALK ft THA MOVEMENT

Keys Down, Real Talk – True Story #1

“Everyone that knows me, knows that I’m just the sober driver, and the main reason why is because I try make sure my friends get home”

Here is the first #KeysDownRealTalk story featuring Tha Movement.  The campaign message is simple: there’s no safe level of alcohol when you’re driving.

#KeysDownRealTalk is a new campaign aimed at reducing drink driving. The community-led initiative features three video stories created in collaboration between, South Auckland award winning sound/music & video producer Anonymouz, and three popular South Auckland urban music artists - Tha Movement, Mareko, Swiss and Ōtāhuhu-based DB Breweries.

#DontDrinkAndDrive


Entertainment

VIRTUOSO STRINGS ORCHESTRA - PORIRUA

Tomorrow night, the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra from Porirua will join forces with Grammy award winning bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu in a first time collaboration in Wellington.

This one night only concert ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, will feature Lemalu performing some of the most well-loved bass arias by Bach and Mozart, as well as classics by Copland, Gershwin and others, old favourites like Jerome Kern’s ‘Ol’ man river’, and of course Rodger & Hammerstein’s  ‘Some Enchanted Evening’.

The Virtuoso Strings Orchestra was formed in 2013 by Elizabeth Sneyd and Craig Utting who were in awe of the natural talent in the community especially among the Maori and Pasifika students. Today the popular youth orchestra is based in Cannons Creek, Porirua, and is run by the non-for-profit Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust.…more


Blog

P.I.C Museum - Celebrating 70 years

PIC church that beacon of Pacific Islandness in the middle of Krd, has been a home to generations of Pacific people and was the original hub for early migrants to form new communities in Aotearoa. The extraordinary legacy of this church is celebrated in an exhibition of images and memorabilia that spans the decades since it first opened. Check out some of the amazing Pacificans that were brought up at the church, and the many events and initiatives over the years that cemented our Pacific identity in Aotearoa.

Roz Tuitama (pictured above) coordinated the 'living museum project' and she shared her vision with us.

"At the entrance when you first walk in there's a scripture that says 'Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see'.  If you look at the journey from the 40s through until the present day, our people literally stepped off the boat, came and set up home here in faith.…more