While most countries around the world have had to cancel major sporting events, concerts and gatherings due to the spread of Coronavirus, the Cook Islands have pulled off an event that no other country in the world has been able to do, at this scale and at this time.
Earlier today the tiny nation kicked off the first events of the 2020 Cook Islands Games - handball, tennis and lawnbowls with the official opening scheduled for tomorrow night, 6pm local time at the national stadium in Nikao.
The Games have been three months in the making and organised by the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC).
"The idea (for the games) was a collective idea through the CISNOC Executive which came by default from the Manea Games which are held every 4 years amongst the Southern Group Islands of Mangaia, Mitiaro, Mauke, Atiu and Aitutaki" said CISNOC Senior Vice President Romani Katoa.…more
We keeping it Fresh at the Poly X Night Markets in Mangere!!
Meet the store holders, performers & Fresh faces out at one of the best night markets around!
Director - Shimpal Lelisi
Camera Operators - Fa'anati Mamea & Adrian Mcbirney
Sound Operator - Sefa Taouma
Thank you - Mandy Momoisea & Zeprina Fale
Tira in maori means 'Choir' and at this free public event, everyone came together to gather around some prominent artists (mostly of maori heritage) and sing songs together as a community.
An amazing way to unite people with the reo Hatea Kapa Haka was one of the groups who were invited to come down and share their voices and waiata.
They also back up Hollie Smith on one of her most well known songs - 'Bathe in the River'
Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together - Concert to unite Pacific region in the fight against COVID-19
On Saturday the 15th the United Nations in the Pacific held "Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together" a first-of-its-kind televised and digitally streamed concert called on leaders and citizens across the region to work together and with the rest of the world in the fight against COVID-19.
The concert paid tribute to essential workers across the Pacific for the work they’ve done so far to prevent transmission and save lives and a call, through music and art, for continued solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.
It was also a reminder that as we rise up as a family of nations, we must seize the opportunity to build a more inclusive and resilient Pacific and a more sustainable and equitable world.…more
RELEASE FROM COVID LOCKDOWN LEADS TO UNIQUE DANCE EXPERIENCE
Two months apart proved too much for the Projekt Team, who have used the time since the lifting of New Zealand’s Covid-19 response to perfect their first full-length multidisciplinary dance installation.
The Auckland based street dance collective is taking their compelling dance performance public, with the interactive experience “KO AU”, marking a new direction for the group. To create this unique show, Projekt Team and Creative Communities are taking over the Nathan Homestead - Manurewa Arts Centre. The dancers create an immersive experience guiding spectators through the various rooms, only allowing for small audience groups.
Ko Au, which means “I Am”, is inspired by the personal stories and diverse traditions of the dancers. The show is an opportunity for dancers to express their most vulnerable selves, drawing on the varied and differing cultural narratives of the dancers.
The unique experience is a performance installation more than a dance-show. The hour-long KO AU takes six separate guided tours per show, each 5 minutes apart.…more
"Brutal Lives - Mo'ui Faingata'a" the first ever Tongan language drama series coming to the CoconetTV. Full series out Wednesday, 5th August.
Check out what people had to say after the private screening of Brutal Lives in Auckland last week.
Recently local artists Saytruegod? and Stanley T recognised there wasn't anything happening for the community on the North Side of Brisbane and decided to do something about it.
Many Pasifika businesses and artists helped out contributing money, food, boxing fitness, helping out with the bbq, fun activities and more.
Staytruegod? said he was inspired by the 43 boys (Lisi, Lawd Lance, AmuTheMC, Nokz78, Th4 W3st - well known music artists in Australia) who hold similar community events in their area ... For the People, By the People
Student March: A Display of Unity.
This afternoon a group of students from South and wider Auckland, are peacefully marching through Otahuhu in a display of inter-school solidarity to advocate against inter-school violence and display unity and harmony within our school communities. “We always are shown videos and news about students fighting or rivalries between schools but why does this occur? We need more projects and groups that specialise in actively reaching out to students about this issue.” Says 18 year old South Auckland Student March Organiser Theresa Viane.
The Student March, starting at 4:00pm, will be solely centred on the school student’s demand to raise awareness on ways to prevent school violence and eliminate stereotypes around South Auckland schools.
“We are standing for peace amongst schools and may it resonate in all we do so interschool violence can finally be eliminated. This school march sets a platform for not only current generations, but for future generations to invoke peace rather than violence, laughter rather than envy and love rather than hate.…more
It's a bit of a grand feat to pull off a surprise wedding especially when you're an islander with island families but that's exactly what Adeaze's Nainz & his wife to be, Becs, managed to do before lockdown!
Check out how they were able to pull it off with the help of Tone6 here!
Director - Shimpal Lelisi
Editor - Tuki Laumea
Camera Operators - Fa'anati Mamea, Adrian Mcbirney & Sapati Apa
Sound Operator - Marcus Lawson
Pacific people around the world have come out in strong support against police violence and discrimination of Black Americans after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Here are some moments from the #BlackLivesMatter march in Auckland where Pasifika people share about why they are passionate about putting their voices behind this anti racism cause.
Camera Operators - Fa'anati Mamea & Sapati Apa
Sound Operator - Fa'anati Mamea
Editor - Sefa Taouma