Keepin it Fresh at East Coast Vibes

Keepin it Fresh down in Gisborne at East Coast Vibes! 


Keepin it Fresh at the RLWC MMT vs Toa Samoa Game

Tofiga and Nua got amongst it with the supporters at the Mate Ma'a Tonga vs Toa Samoa game at the Rugby League World Cup last year.




Director - Shimpal Lelisi 

Camera Operator - Darry Laumua 

Sound Operator - Marcus Lawson 

Talent - Tofiga Fepulea'i & Nua Finau 



There’s parades, performances, films and fashion but some of the specific Pacific  flavors of this years Pride Fest include: 
The legendary Cindy of Samoa headlines ‘Queens of Skycity’ - a FREE event with Kita Mean & Victoria Secretzz on:
Saturday 3rd Feb, 8pm
Saturday 10th Feb, 12am (Midnight)
Saturday 17th Feb, 8pm
She'll also be seen rocking the stage at the Big Gay Out along with super diva Lavina Williams - free event at Coyle Park Sunday Feb 11th from midday.

FAF SWAG host a Vogue Ball to kick off a new online Interactive Documentary that features stories of the collective, at the Auckland Art Gallery on Weds Feb 7th. 
FREE event!

Divas of stage and screen ‘Fine Fatale’ premiere their show ‘Geish/Tuiga’ on Feb 9th and 10th at the Q Theatre, promising a mix of unique dance, theatre, vocals and visuals in this expression of the young fa’afafine experience.
'Pasifika Superstars of Tomorow’ features writers Gina Cole, Courtney Sina Meredith and Tulia Thompson who jam on their work and ideas on Feb 10th at AUT.…more



New York, London, Paris, Ōtara, Milan - High fashion lives here.

The Otara Town Centre was transformed to fashion central for the Pacific Fusion Fashion Showcase and created the perfect stage in the heart of South Auckland for emerging Pacific and Maori designers to showcase their fabulous designs.

Event Director Nora Swann said of the event "Some people found it hard to picture a sold-out high-end fashion event in Ōtara, let alone it being a runway down the middle of the Town Centre. We were always confident that we could do it and that we would find designers and an audience who would want to attend. We know the talent is out there and we hoped our community would support it. This just goes to show that yes, high fashion lives here".

Hosted by former Miss Samoa Latafale Auva'a, the showcase included entertainment from Ura Tabu/PIPA and Otara's own Giant Killa with other Groovehouse artists, Exit Four 44, Pascal Roggen and Aleisha Wallabh Smith.…more


Barbercraft 2017

Keepin it Fresh at Barbercraft 2017! 

Barbers from around New Zealand were out in force to showcase their skills in demonstrations & battles.

The 2 day event also included an industry preview for barbers & others in the hair & beauty industry.




Director & Editor:  Aaron Taouma

Camera Operators:  Fa'anati Mamea 

Sound Operator:  David Green 



Highlights from One Love Festival 2017 in Tauranga ...



Director/Editor:  Mario Faumui 

Camera Operators:  Darryl Laumua, Jared Leith & Lizie Koroivulaono 

Sound:  Nate Leith & Marcus Lawson 

Researcher:  Olly Coddington 

Production Manager:  Natasha Panui-Morris 

Producer:  Lisa Taouma 

Thank You:

Pato Alvarez 

Bernadette Talanoa 

Shantelle Mahia 


Keepin it Fresh at Villa Maria

Daz finds out what everyones festival essentials are & helps them with a bit of Jandal DIY



Director:  Shimpal Lelisi 

Editor:  Jared Leith 

Camera Operators:  Adrian McBirney 

Sound:  David Green 

Sound Assistant:  Sefa Taouma 

Talent:  Darryl Laumua 

Researcher:  Olly Coddington 



The Kingdom of Tonga held its annual Miss Heilala pageant this past week with the grand ball & crowning of this years Miss Heilala/Tonga.

Miss Heilala 2016, Laura Lauti completed her final duties this week with the girls and handed over the crown to the winner.

16 girls from Tonga, Australia, New Zealand & the USA were vying for the crown.

Congratulations to Miss Apraxus New Zealand - Opehilia Kava who has been crowned Miss Heilala this year.  

She will now go on to represent Tonga at Miss Pacific Islands.





MISS HEILALA 2017 - Ophelia Kitiliti Kava 


The Black Friars present "SOUTHSIDE RISE"

In the village of Moana’s ancestors, leaders are made.
They are warriors, armed with creativity and bravery; alofa and reciprocity.
They are born to serve their people.
As Moana starts University she is called to lead her family, but what does it mean to Lead in South Auckland?

Alofa. Bravery. Rugby. Fagogo. Reciprocity. Community. Tauolunga. Faikava. Education. Social Media. Family. Creativity.

What does leadership mean to you? And who are the leaders in your life?

Southside Rise brings together 60 young leaders from 10 South Auckland schools in an all-singing, all-dancing, full scale original musical production that answers these questions.

Watch the young leaders of South Auckland as they are called to lead.
They are called to serve.
They are called to Rise.

60 young people took to the stage at Mangere Arts Centre with a full theatre production produced by The Black Friars theatre group and supported by the Creative Thinking Project, Creative NZ, Teach First NZ & the Manukau Institute of Technology.…more


PASIFIKA - 25 Yr Anniversary

The iconic Pasifika Festival celebrated its 25th birthday last week.

With free entry, more than 220 performance groups and 60,000 visitors, Western Springs Park was transformed into 11 villages representing the different Pacific Islands and included a 25 yr anniversary showcase.

Here are some of the beautiful Pasifika faces we came across at the festival ....