Go behind the scenes with Jason Momoa in the lead up to performing the haka at the Los Angeles premiere of Aquaman.
Maori Television spoke to Tuhoe kaihaka Shannon Borell who was instrumental in helping put together the haka "Tangaroa Ararau" for Jason Momoa Aquaman's premiere in L.A. He also collaborated with Momoa and other Māori martial art fighters during the filming of Aquaman in Australia over a six month period to integrate mau rākau into the fight scenes.
The former Te Matatini leader said the Hollywood actor only had 30 minutes to learn the haka with members of the Manawa Ora group, who train in Māori weaponry on the Gold Coast including TV star, Cole Smith.
"We wanted Jason Momoa to be likened to Tangaroa, god of the sea.…more
'AQUAMAN' has finally hit NZ theatres and gone straight to #1 at the New Zealand box office with the highest Boxing Day opening of all time AND the biggest opening for a Warner Bros film this year.
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
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
We're here for all things Jason Momoa and Roadshow Films have just released the final trailer for 'AQUAMAN' which also stars another Poly in Hollywood - Temuera Morrison.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
AQUAMAN will be released to NZ cinemas on the 26th December.
The much anticipated first season of Project Runway NZ hits our TV screens tonight at 7.30pm and there are 3 Tongan designers representing & competing for the opportunity of a lifetime - one designer will come out on top and walk away with their very own Holden Astra, a cash prize of $50,000, and receive a photoshoot and six page spread in Fashion Quarterly Magazine.
Before the show kicks off, get to know our Tongan designers here:
ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada is the biggest indigenous film festival in the world, and this year Pasifika films represent hard!
There will be at least 9 Pasifika made stories from Aotearoa at the festival and it is the international premiere of the CoconetTV documentary ‘Marks of Mana’ - which is the only feature film from Aotearoa on the big screen Programme at the festival. ‘Marks of Mana’ looks at female Tatau in the Pacific and how these ancient marks are being worn again by women today. Coming soon to the Coconet TV!
Check them out below and look out for when they'll be showing at a Film Festival near you!
MARKS OF MANA
Lisa Taouma is a Samoan film and television producer and director currently living in Aotearoa. She has worked extensively in the Pacific for over 25 years and is passionate about telling the many diverse stories of this region.…more
Rihanna closed out New York Fashion Week earlier today with a stunning presentation of her SavageXFenty lingerie collection choreographed and directed by our very own Parris Goebel and also featured some of NZ's own ReQuest Dance crew on the catwalk.
She showcased an inclusive line with flexible lingerie for everyone, concluding with the models holding hands showing solidarity. Check out the show above which was live streamed on Rihanna's YouTube channel from NYC and some of the feedback from people at the show below ...
Musician and actor KJ Apa shares about his childhood, his love for Samoa and staying connected with family.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson appeared on the Stephen Colbert show to promote his latest movie 'Skyscraper' (out now btw).
The Rock talks about his ethnicity - being half Black & Half Samoan, his Samoan heritage, Samoan culture, drinks some tequila, gives the audience a peek at his Pasifika tattoo and even sings a bit of a popular Samoan song 'Tali Mai' by Pati.
Check it out in the video above.