New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.
Cook Islands / Samoan
I can trace my Cook Island heritage back 26 generations to Kaitini Ariki, the eldest child of Uke who settled the island of Mauke. My father, Tiatoa Temata, married my mother, Jane Crichton, whose aiga are from Asau in Samoa. There is also a wee dram of Scottish voyager in there dating back to the 19th century when a sailor called William Crichton decided to settle in Samoa.
I was born and raised in Taranaki. The seventh of nine children.…more
CEO of Divergent Talent Management
Native Hawaiian / Filipino
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii to Benjamin Pulawa III and Danelle Pulawa. My father's family is of Native Hawaiian descent, deeply rooted to the Hawaiian genealogy, language, and culture. My mother's side of the family migrated from the Philippines. My father is a retired operators engineer and my mother is an artist and entrepreneur. She has owned and operated an archery store for over 30 years and enjoys playing classical guitar. I have a younger brother, Benjamin Pulawa IV, who lives in California. He owns a bridal hair and make up business; he's also a hair stylist, dancer, and performer. Currently, I am the CEO of Divergent Talent Management. Prior to talent management, I've attended multiple universities, owned businesses and studied the craft of acting while raising my children.…more
PATRICA, OCEAN & THE ALATINI FAMILY
FAMILY FOOD FIGHT CONTESTANTS
TONGAN / MAORI
Miss Nevada USA 2019
Samoan / Tongan / African-American / Japanese / Irish
I grew up a Military brat where both of my parents were in the United States Army. I was born in Fort Riley, Kansas, moved around to about 4 states from the South to the West Coast and finally my parents retired to Las Vegas, Nevada where we have lived for the last 14 years. Though my 3 brothers and I grew up in the mainland, we were always reminded of where we truly come from. My parents Simi, Jr and Salamasina Nomura McMoore Timu Tuamoheloa hail from Illilli, Utulei and Lealoaloa, American Samoa. My father is Samoan/Tongan/African-American and my mother is Samoan/Japanese/Irish.
Being Samoan has taught me the most important value, and that’s respect.…more
Asuelu Pula'a from a little village in Falealili, Upolu, Samoa went viral around the world after appearing in the US TV show '90 Day Fiance' Season 6 with his fiance Kalani.
We check in with him to find out how he's enjoying his new life in America!
They just started their own Youtube Channel which you can subscribe to here and watch their first video about how they met below
President - World Wide Safety Org
I was born and raised in Matautu, but I also had family from Saleimoa. My Dad came to the States to check out the land of opportunities that we heard so many stories about. A couple of months later, my Dad came back to Samoa and my siblings and I were sent to America.
Fast forward many years, I worked and networked in the construction industry like never before. I loved the arena and my ex-husband and I opened our own business. Unfortunately, our marriage did not last, so I left everything we built together to establish my own empire for my daughters and I. I left him with $12 to my name & my girls and I had to move back to my parents’ house because I didn’t have the means to make it on our own. I was determined to make it happen.
I stepped out in faith and invested in my future by attending meetings, events and other gatherings with leaders in the industry.…more
AUTHOR / PACIFIC WOMENS REFUGE ADVOCATE
I was born in Samoa - Faleasiu, where my mother is originally from, with Irish Grandparents. My father is also from Samoa - Taungamanono, his father is Niuean and hails from Lakepa.
We moved to Auckland, New Zealand as children and we were raised in South Auckland. I am now married to Craig Hansen, we have three beautiful children and have spent 5 1/2 years in Jakarta, Indonesia, in a variety of ministry roles through our local church.
I have just recently published my autobiography book - Grace Brought Me Here. As a survivor of domestic violence, I am in New Zealand promoting it and working with the Pacific Islands Women's Refuge on a fundraiser event, where proceeds from my book launch will go towards supporting this great organization.
I also started an online clothesline business catered for plus size men ranging Size L up to sizes 10xl - The 3Bears Online, which has customers worldwide.…more
SONGWRITER / MUSICIAN, PUBLIC SERVANT & SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE
Mālō e lelei! I'm a proud ta'ahine of Moana Oceania hailing from the beautiful Kingdom of Tonga. My dad is from the village of Fua'amotu and my mum from the village of Kanokupolu. I was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa, and am a songwriter/musician, public servant and social justice advocate.
You've been opening for Aaradhna on her NZ tour this year - can you tell us how that came about and how you've found it?
Connections! One of my closest muso brothers has been Aaradhna's keys player since last year, and he called me in February asking if I was keen to be one of her backing vocalists! I definitely did a double take and asked if he was sure (lol), but it was a huge honour.…more
MULTI DIMENSIONAL ARTIST
My name is Shakaiah Perez and I am a multi disciplinary artist of Afro Polynesian descent originally from Whanganui but raised in West Auckland. My work as an artist includes visual arts such as videography and photography which is layered with movement, performance and poetry.
On my mother’s side I am Māori, Tahitian and Marquesan and on my father’s side I am Samoan, Tokelauan, Cape Verdean and Afro Portuguese. My heritage has a major influence on my work as an artist with hopes to encourage and inspire other people of colour by sharing our stories and re-writing the narrative that western society has written about us.…more
FASHION DESIGNER / PROJECT RUNWAY CONTESTANT
I’m a Tongan who actually grew up in the sparkling city streets of San Francisco. I originally studied there, and then journeyed over to New Zealand to continue my studies and to embrace my design work to a new part of the world. I am 37 and have a very loving fiance Anton, who I am marrying early next year. Currently I’m working for the New Zealand fashion brand WORLD and am about to venture into a new and confidential opportunity with them.