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WE ARE MAUNA KEA - JASON MOMOA

Jason Momoa visits Mauna Kea with his extended family & shares the kupuna and protectors feelings on why they don't want the Thirty Metre Telescope built on Mauna Kea.

"It's not about the telescope, it's not about science, it's about sacred land.  It's about kanaka maoli having the right to determine for themselves how our sacred places should be protected.  Ultimately this is a human rights issue - that we are a real people, we have a real history, we have a real culture, we have a real language, we have a real religion and we need to be recognised as such ...

These are also crown lands that were never ceded to the United States of America, but they were seized, they were taken away - we've never consented to the taking of these lands ..."  - Kaho'okahe Kanuha 


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THE ROCK & ROMAN REIGNS FAMILY'S WRESTLING DYNASTY

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Leati Joe Anoa'i aka Roman Reigns reflect on getting to work together in Hobbs & Shaw and their amazing family wrestling dynasty.


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HIGH SCHOOL MMA WRESTLER TYRA SHARMA IS ON THE RISE

17 year old Fijian MMA wrestler Tyra Sharma currently trains & fights out of Oliver MMA gym in South Auckland and hopes to qualify for the Youth Olympics next year.
Check out her story here.

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Director - Crystal Vaega 

Camera Operator - Fa'anati Mamea 

Editor - Sapati Apa 


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LOADING DOCS: MANA WAHINE

Desperately fighting to save land at Ihumātao from development, Pania Newton leads a determined collective of protectors in the fight to save the site considered sacred. 

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JASON MOMOA VISITS MAUNA KEA & CONTINUES SUPPORT WITH HIS FAMILY

Hawai'ian actor Jason Momoa visited the TMT protectors at Mauna Kea today.

Jason has been very vocal with his opposition of the Thirty Metre Telescope and his support of the native Hawai'ian protectors over the last few years via his social media.

He visited the site with both of his children and extended Hawai'ian ohana.

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Cover image by KHON2 


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PASIFIKA SUPPORTING IHUMATAO PROTECTORS

"Ihumātao, a west-facing peninsula on the shore of Auckland’s Manukau Harbour, is the city’s oldest settlement. In 1863, the land was illegally confiscated from Māori. Sacred hills were quarried, 800-year-old burial sites were demolished, archaeological remains were destroyed, a sewage-treatment plant was built over traditional fishing grounds, and a dye spill killed the local creek. Now Ihumātao has been designated a Special Housing Area, without public consultation, and a development of nearly 500 houses is in progress. But for some tangata whenua, enough is enough." - From "When Worlds Collide". 

Learn more about the history of Ihumatao and click on the link here to understand why there is a fight to protect this land.

Members of our Pasifika community who went down to support/tautoko the Tangata Whenua and their fight to protect Ihumatao share with us why they felt it was important.

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NOMA SIO-FAIUMU & her husband MATT FAIUMU aka ANONYMOUZ 

- Arts Practitioner (Noma)  Producer/Musician (Matt)

"Matt is a Māngere boy through and through.…more


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PANIA NEWTON - IHUMATAO: RECOGNISING INDIGENOUS HERITAGE

Pania Newton’s path through life has led her to find her purpose, her kaupapa: protecting Ihumātao. Home to the earliest inhabitants of New Zealand, Ihumātao is a landscape of cultural, historical, and environmental significance. Despite this, the Crown has failed to recognise its heritage values for New Zealand, allowing it to be sold for a proposed housing development.

Realising that the plan meant 480 high-cost houses on the confiscated land, Pania and her cousins created the SOUL Campaign to resist the development. Later with family members and other supporters, she has occupied the land to protect it. Looking deeply into why Ihumātao has not been recognised as heritage worthy of protection in New Zealand, SOUL has uncovered the extent of the bias toward protecting colonial built heritage over sites of indigenous significance - an issue that is seen across the world.

Here Pania tells the story of the fight to #ProtectIhumatao. From a childhood of struggle Pania never focused on the negative, but was fortunate to stay true to her Maoritanga.…more


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DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON VISITS MAUNA KEA

Samoan actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has shown his support for the protectors of Mauna Kea, heading up there today to meet with Kaho‘okahi Kanuha, a leader in the Thirty Meter Telescope opposition group and other Hawai'ian elders.

Video above & Cover image via Star Advertiser Hawaii.  Photo credit:  Jamm Aquino 

Video above via Hawaii News Now 

He’s the highest-profile celebrity to visit the protector's camp, though other big names have weighed in on the conflict.  Johnson spent much of his childhood in the islands, visits Hawaii frequently and has also shot several of his movies in Hawai'i.

At Mauna Kea, he was greeted with lei, chanting and hula performances. He also spoke to several protest leaders and kupuna.…more


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CELEBRATING OUTSTANDING PACIFIC FILM MAKERS IN AOTEAROA

Malo lava to Samoan screenwriter Sima Urale who is the recipient of the New Zealand Film Commission’s (NZFC’s) 2019 Gender Scholarship.  She will receive a grant of $50,000 to help progress her filmmaking career.

Application assessors said of Urale, “The sample script from her feature film, Solo, is breathtaking in its fine detail and slow build-up of nuanced tension. The work of an expert screenwriter at the height of her powers. The voice is original and authentic with detail that can only come from lived experience.”

Congratulations also go to Matasila Freshwater who was awarded a special grant of $15,000.

The NZFC’s annual gender scholarship award is a way of recognising and celebrating women in the filmmaking community who have displayed a high level of achievement and aims to support their career progression.…more


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TULSI GABBARD, AVA DUVERNAY & AOC SHARE SUPPORT FOR MAUNA KEA PROTECTORS

Hawaiʻi Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard issued a video statement on Friday, urging Governor Ige to delay construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea and withdraw his emergency declaration.

Acclaimed award winning Director Ava Duvernay and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Congresswoman for NY - The Bronx and Queens) also tweeted their support with a link to the Hawaii Community Bail Fund for the 30+ elders and other protesters who have been arrested.

Read Tulsi's full statement below 

"While the legal process has determined that TMT may proceed, there are spiritual and cultural issues that have not been addressed. This is about something much greater than the TMT project — it has to do with longstanding history on Mauna Kea, broken promises, desecration of sacred land and disrespect for native culture.

To many Native Hawaiians, kamaʻāina, and malihini alike, Mauna Kea is so much more than a mountain.…more