Pacific Blog

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Responds to School Dance Invite, Surprises PACTS Program Students

The PACTS Program at Parma Senior High School in Ohio hosts an annual spring luau dance for nearly 400 special needs students in the surrounding area.

The Parma High students posted a video invitation to social media to invite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to their luau. When Johnson got wind of their request, he made sure that the students had a couple special surprises in store for them as they celebrated their big night…


Entertainment

"The Island in Me" trailer

The Island in Me is an award-winning feature by Spanish/American filmmaker Gemma Cubero del Barrio that takes the viewer to the remote atoll of Pukapuka in the Cook Islands, a unique place never before captured in film – Pukapuka is only four hundred inhabitants and ten metres above sea level.

The film follows two women who grew up on Pukapuka and return home after decades away - Amelia Hokulea Borofsky, the daughter of anthropologist Robert Borofsky who lived in Pukapuka in the mid-1970 and Johnny Frisbie, a Cook Island legend in her own right (her book Miss Ulysses of Puka-Puka, written at age fifteen, was the first published literary work by a Pacific Island author).

Both lived on Pukapuka as children and left at different times, but they both return to reconnect – with emotion, celebration, and a sense of belonging. Director del Barrio also weaves in her own intimate story.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 19th Festival International du Film Documentaire Oceanien FIFO in Tahiti.…more


Whats New?

Radio 531PI announces new show

" ... What excites me is the opportunity to continue serving my community by providing a platform where our people can share their stories. I also look forward to working with Tofiga to shift misconceptions about Pasifika people because this is truly our time as a people to be unapologetically proud of our origins." - Inangaro Vakaafi 

Radio 531pi has announced its new look mid-morning show called ‘Island Time’, featuring legendary entertainer Tofiga Fepulea’i alongside journalist and co-host Inangaro Vakaafi.

The pair aim to deliver a show that is creative, fresh and fun when it launches this Monday 27 June at 9am.

“My vision for the show is to continue to be myself as an entertainer but also show more of Tofiga as the father, husband and passionate Pasifika male that I’ve grown to be through my upbringing, my faith and culture,” says Fepulea’i.

“I hope people will enjoy the new tag team of Ina and myself on air.…more


Whats New?

24-year-old Samoan editor speaks at acclaimed Tribeca Film Festival

Aysha Nanai-Leifi was selected by Converse to represent the big shoe company at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The Samoan creative walked the prestigious red carpet alongside notable industry names, on her way to take center stage to share her experience as a young brown storyteller. 

The Tribeca Festival is an annual film festival organized by Tribeca Productions. It takes place each spring in New York City, showcasing a diverse selection of film, talks, music, and art. This year the festival was attended by names like Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong'o, ASAP Rocky and John Legend. Among these celebrities and creatives was proud Pasifika woman Aysha Nanai-Leifi. 

Converse flew Aysha out to New York to speak on a panel at TribecaX2022 titled "HOW CONVERSE CREATES NEXT WITH ITS ALL-STARS". The Converse All-Stars serves as a global network connecting creatives, providing digital and physical experiences, commissioned work and mentorship to a community around the world. A community in which Ms. Nanai-Leifi has been proud to be part of since she was 20 years old.…more


Sports

Project Rock: Sean Pangelinan

Sean Pangelinan was an Olympian Flat Water Canoe paddler for Guam and is now a Trainer and Coach in the USA - owner of 'The Fit Lab' in San Diego

He's one of 3 incredible fathers featured within the release of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's limited Fathers Day inspired collection - the Project Rock Ohana Pack  


Podcast

Not Another Talanoa! Podcast | Episode 3

We're back with "Not Another Talanoa!" 

Our resident host Mariner aka. Maz is joined by writer and daughter of SA Allyssa. The duo have been friends a long time and discuss everything from how Fifth Harmony brought them together to budgeting tips for 21st-century material gals. Needing to find ways to save money during what might be an approaching global recession? Maz and Allyssa share their Top3 tips on how to cut some costs and save some coins!

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Hosted by Mariner Fagaiava-Muller & Guest co-hosted by Allyssa Verner-Pula 


Sports

All Blacks announcement 2022 - Fale o Samoa

Earlier today All Blacks coach Ian Foster named his first squad for 2022 for the upcoming Ireland test series at the Fale o Samoa - Samoa House.

Pasifika Engagement Manager Saveatama Eroni Clarke explains why it was important to make the announcement at the Fale o Samoa and we speak to a few well known former All Blacks about how they felt when they got their first AB’s call up.

Psssst! The Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa makes a cameo with a Pasifika rugby legend too.

All Blacks Test Squad to face Ireland:

- new caps with * next to their names.…more


Pacific Blog

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa speaks to the Samoan community of Aotearoa

“People were finding it was a samoa they didn’t want to live in, so what do u do? migrate to NZ or fix it..”

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa spoke to the Samoan community in Auckland this morning on politics, life, her family legacy and why young Pacific women need to be more vocal and engage in all sorts of platforms.


“If there’s anything the constitutes being a matai, an effective matai and a successful one, is that you have to have a lot of patience- onosa’i- this is the word that underpins everything, the word ‘ono’ to swallow it, to have patience. It’s having the capacity to listen and to have a very clear understanding of all the surrounding issues. It requires a bit of detachment so your emotions aren’t too tied up.

The rebuild of Samoa involves every single person, everyone standing up and doing their bit. There’s a difference in approach, a lot of policy revolves around  inferstructure but it doesn’t invite a broader engagement with the general population to lift our economy.…more


Whats New?

A Guide to Samoan Oratory hits Bookshelves

A Modern Guide to an Ancient Art has just been launched and released today! 

The book 'Lāuga: Understanding Samoan oratory' is being Launched at the Museum of New Zealand: Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. The launch includes saunoaga by author Dr Sadat Muaiava, Hon. Aupito William Sio (Minister of Pacific Peoples), Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban (Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Pasifika, Victoria University), and Caren Rangi (Chair of Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa). Students of Samoan Studies at Victoria perform songs and Siva Samoa from the Tautua Dance Academy.

Lāuga or Samoan oratory is a premier cultural practice in fa'asamoa (Samoan culture). Its intricacies are what sets apart a simple speech from an ancient art of speech. Dr Le'ausalilo Sadat Muaiava has put together a book to guide the reader through a lāuga and its key stages. It’s an ideal companion for those who may be called upon to speak at significant occasions, those wanting to improve their knowledge and skills, and all those interested in fa'asamoa.…more


Entertainment

Black Adam - Official Trailer

The world needed a hero, it got Black Adam.  Coming to theatres around the world in October 2022.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in the action adventure “Black Adam.”

It's the first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen.  Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.