Cook Islands first ever Pride Day to be held

The Cook Islands will hold its first ever Pride Day to raise visibility of the country’s LGBT+ community and celebrate the value of diversity and community inclusion. 

Pride Day is organised  by Te Tiare Association, the body that represents the Cook Islands’ LGBT+ community. Te Tiare is leading the Pride Cook Islands campaign to end the ongoing criminalisation of same sex relationships.  Under current Cook Islands law same-sex activity is illegal. In November last year the Select Committee reviewing the law stated it wanted to retain the criminal ban. The matter is now expected to go before Parliament in June.   

Pride Cook Islands spokesperson Karla Eggelton said Pride Day will help build public understanding and acceptance for the Rainbow community as a watershed moment in the nation’s human rights history draws closer.  The Friday 27 March event is open to all she says.…more



New Zealand's first Tongan owned lager being sold in New Zealand - 'Heilala Pacific Gold Lager' was launched at Manukau Pak n Save this morning with 21 pallets on sale to the public which had nearly sold out by lunch time.

The lager is being sold exclusively at Pak n Save in Manukau on a trial basis to test the demand but seeing as it had already sold out by the end of the day we're thinking it's going to be a popular choice of lager for the upcoming summer.

Pak n Save shoppers were treated to a live performance by Three Houses Down frontman Charlie Pome'e, DJ Rocky Ponting was on the 1s & 2s and Mai FM were giving a lucky shopper the chance to win a double pass to One Love Festival in Tauranga.…more


Powerful photographs of Sāmoan tattooing on show at Te Papa this November

An exhibition opening in Te Papa’s Toi Art in November gives an intimate insight into the unique cultural practice of Sāmoan tattooing.

Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography presents the work of four photographers who have documented Sāmoan tattooing over the past 40 years, in New Zealand, Sāmoa, the United States and Europe.

Works by Mark Adams, Greg Semu, John Agcaoili and Angela Tiatia portray the globalisation of tatau and the varied contexts and interpretations of Sāmoan tattooing.  

From intimate domestic scenes in suburban garages to street photography, and in relation to themes of religious iconography and female sexuality, the exhibition presents diverse perspectives on tatau.

The exhibition follows the multi-award-winning 2018 book Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing published by Te Papa Press, and co-authored by Te Papa’s Sean Mallon and French anthropologist Sebastien Galliot.

In addition to over 50 photographs, Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography will include a small selection of indigenous Sāmoan tattooing tools.…more



Stand Up Stand Out is Auckland's premier secondary school music and dance competition - from RnB, Reggae, Folk, Rock to Jazz Ballet, contemporary to hip hop.

Stand Up, Stand Out gives Secondary School youth a chance to shine, gaining experience and exposure in front of judges from the NZ Music and Performing Arts industry.

They're also in to win more than $6k in prizes!  

Check out highlights from the finals here ...



The new Pacific faces that are the future of the nation!

The 11 new winners of the Prime Ministers Pacific Youth Awards are reaching for the stars across a spectrum of sectors that show the diversity and talent that young Pasifika people are bringing to Aotearoa. 

From tech developers to business entrepreneurs, artists and aeronautical engineering - the 11 recipients all have wide ranging skill sets that are primed to blossom as they develop.

“I want to start with your families ...who kept them watered, fed & loved you, thank you" said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in her welcome speech before she addressed the recipients.  

“You’re not leaders of tomorrow, you are leaders of today. We need to get rid of the idea that with age comes responsibility, you have responsibilities keep me motivated"  she said.…more



The bag reveals as much as it conceals 

Carried Away: Bags Unpacked showcases over 150 individual bags from Auckland Museum’s collection, many on display for the first time.

Every bag has a history, a story to tell – from haute couture fashion to cultural traditions. Bags can convey social standing, practical needs or be a statement of art.

The curators of the exhibition really wanted it to be an object focused collection - a single object and what that could tell us about our community, our society and our place in New Zealand. 

A lot of the bags in the collection are very eurocentric which you can anticipate because of all the European settlers coming in and bringing their heritage, their culture and what they were used to.  

They have however, worked with the Maori & Pasifika curators in the Museum to highlight indigenous practices & techniques to help broaden that view of what a bag is and what kind of techniques are used which speaks to Maori & Pasifika place in Aotearoa.…more



Check out the action from the World Hip Hop Dance champs in Phoenix, Arizona.

New Zealand represented and had 3 crews place in the finals.

Swagganauts & Masque came 1st and 3rd respectively in the Varsity division and Lil Saintz placed 3rd in the Junior Division.  Check out Swagganauts Gold winning finals routine in the video above + Masque & Lil Saintz in the videos below 



Pacific Music Awards 2019 Highlights

We catch up with your fave Pasifika music artists behind the scenes at the 2019 Pacific Music Awards including a few of our award winners plus highlights of their performances.



Director & Editor - Shimpal Lelisi 

Camera Operators - Hayden Aull & Oliver Coddington 

Sound - Marcus Lawson 

Compile - Jared Leith 



We're in Niue at the Taoga Festival Niue Arts & Culture where NZ based Niuean artists have collaborated with festival organisers and local Niueans with performances, workshops, exhibitions and more in order for local Niueans to develop their skills.

Check out all the action here ...



Director - Shimpal Lelisi 

Editor - Shimpal Lelisi & Mario Gaoa 

Camera/Sound Operators - Jack Tarrant 

Talent - Haanz Fa'avae Jackson & Leki Jackson-Bourke 



“14 Schools. 100 Warriors. 1 Village.”

Black Friars are back with the 3rd and final instalment of Southside Rise and have struck theatrical Gold once again. This moving, thought provoking piece has blown away it’s audience with the sheer talent, passion and professionalism from students barely old enough to vote. The show left me in absolute awe of both the students, for sharing their revolutionary stories with us, and the Black Friars for giving them the tools to do so. 

The Show!

At Southside Grammar, there’s the Hacker, the Polyfest Leader, the Artist, the Debater and the Story-teller. Each student using their unique talents to navigate their way through life as a young, brown, South Auckland student. Each student was faced with their own individual obstacle when an unforgiving Principal takes away their tools of expression.…more