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Pacific Island Xmas Film - "MAMA's MUSIC BOX"

Pacific Island Xmas film – Mama’s Music Box, made from Scratch in 30 Days will go down to the wire with the 15th of November deadline closing in.

Six days out and one quarter of the film is still yet to be shot. If Producer Abba Rose Vaiaoga-Ioasa is nervous, she isn’t showing it. “It was always going to be a challenging production, feature films take a long time to plan and film, but we have to do all that at lightning speed, while maintaining the quality that made our past films successful – every day is stressful and intense but knowing that we’re making an awesome film, keeps me motivated and the team morale high.”

The tight schedule is self-inflicted, as it is part of the "Feature 30 Challenge"; a challenge that Abba Rose and her brother, Writer/Director Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa have set themselves to make a feature film in 30 days from scratch – every part of the creative process is done within the 30 days, from conceiving the story idea, to scriptwriting, casting, filming, editing, music composing ....…more


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US ELECTIONS - BIDEN VS TRUMP & OUR PASIFIKA COMMUNITY IN THE USA

It's been all eyes on the United States of America the last couple of days as vote counting started on Tuesday 3rd (Wednesday 4th in the Southern Hemisphere) ... and is still going two days later in what has become a very close, messy and divisive race between President Donald Trump (Republican) and Joe Biden (Democrat).

As at today (Friday 6th in the Southern Hemisphere) Joe Biden appears to be slowly inching ahead in the race to 270 votes and from what we understand needs either 2 States out of Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada & Georgia OR Pennsylvania on its own to get there.

While the world watches on, there are many of us trying to comprehend the Americans electoral process, popular votes and electoral colleges while I'm sure there are also many of us who have been entertained by the memes, media coverage and by President Donald Trump himself.…more


Sports

Carlos Ulberg's Road to Dana White's Contender Series

Go behind the scenes with Carlos Ulberg, Israel Adesanya and Brad Riddell as they travel to Las Vegas, Nevada in preparation for Ulberg's Contender Series fight against Bruno Oliveria.

Ulberg and Oliveria will be headlining the show with the opportunity for a UFC contract should Carlos win!  


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PASIFIKA MP's PORTFOLIOS IN THE NEW LOOK GOVERNMENT CABINET

Carmel Sepuloni made some big steps up the rankings of cabinet today to number 6, making her the highest ranking Pacific MP with her new roles as Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and also Employment, alongside her portfolios in Social Development, Disability Issues and ACC. 

Christchurch East MP Poto Williams adds a Kuki Airani flavor to cabinet, having been promoted from outside cabinet to number 10. Poto is in charge of the Building and Construction portfolio as well as Minister for Police. Formerly the Minister for Community and Voluntary sector. 

Tokelauan minister Kris Faafoi, has also moved up the ranks from number 17 to 13 holding on to Broadcasting and Media, and Immigration portfolios as well as the new role of Minister for Justice. 

Aupito Su’a William Sio maintains Minister for Pacific Peoples as well Courts. 

Also of note - there is now more tangata whenua in cabinet then ever before and we have our first female Maori Minister of Foreign Affairs - Nanaia Mahuta.

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Sports

Get to Know Hoskins Sotutu

"When I was younger I looked up to Joe Rocs, the fast Fijian winger who scored all the tries with the big dive ... something I tried to do at school, yeah I ended up winding myself" 

Hear from Hoskins Sotutu, as he delves into his idols, his father Waisake and his motivation for his outstanding 2020 season.


Sports

1st Nations Polynesian Basketball Youth Tournament

Over 500 Pacific Island ballers got together to play in the inaugural 1st Nations Polynesian Basketball Youth Tournament.

The tournament covered both Boys & Girls teams ranging from U13s through to U21s games with with 52 teams from all Pasifika communities - Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Samoa, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue and more.

Check out some of the highlights in the video above.


Sports

SYDNEY SUPER FIGHT featuring the 'SUPER SAMOAN' MARK HUNT

The biggest boxing event to be held in Sydney for more than a decade was confirmed today after leading promoters No Limit Boxing announced Bankwest Stadium as the venue for an historic Double Header on December 16, 2020.

Alongside Australian boxing star Tim Tszyu who will be fighting Kiwi boxer Bowyn Morgan, the 'Super Samoan' Mark Hunt makes his return to the ring against former NRL star Paul Gallen in what will be the first co-main event to be held in Australia and the first Sydney stadium fight since Mundine vs Green in 2006. 

Paul Gallen and Mark Hunt is a rare match-up set to attract the interest of all sports fans, excited to see two big men with big mouths finally go toe-to-toe after a previously scheduled contest for April was cancelled due to COVID-19.…more


Entertainment

DAWN RAID - Official Trailer

The songs you know. The story you don't.

From Director Oscar Kightley comes DAWN RAID – the extraordinary untold story of acclaimed New Zealand music label Dawn Raid Entertainment and its two founders, Andy Murnane and Brotha D.

From humble beginnings selling t-shirts on the streets of South Auckland, this unlikely duo formed a legendary partnership that would defy the odds and become music royalty both at home and across the world.

The film explores the incredible challenges and struggles that were buried deep beneath the glamour of chart-topping hits with the hottest local and international talent – rifts between artists, unpaid tax debts, feelings of failure and betrayal – and the immeasurable musical legacy that was created in spite of this. Featuring some of New Zealand’s biggest hip-hop and RnB artists including Savage, Mareko, Adeaze and Aaradhna, DAWN RAID is an inspirational, heart pounding celebration of local home grown talent who not only gave a voice to their local community, but paved the way for a future generation of artists.…more


Sports

Kilisitina Moata'ane X Rugby Player - The Outliers

Tina the Tongan Tank (Tina Maota’tane) is a Black Fern based in Dunedin who likes to run it straight.

The Outliers is a gritty, unapologetic look at youth from minority backgrounds in New Zealand.  From great adversity comes great strength, so the aim of The Outliers is to search out youth who are the standout, the anomaly or the outlier in their community and in New Zealand.

The Outliers meets inspirational youth while also exploring the source of most minority success - the community where they come from!

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Produced by Fire Fire for Māori Television | Made with the support of NZ On Air


Guest Writer

Girls Getaway: An adventure with a chance of Palolo Rising

By Liz Ah-Hi 

The inaugural Palolo Festival was well underway at the Vaimoana Seaside Lodge in Asau, Savaii and my friend Lufi and I were lounging in front our beach fale with a few G&Ts celebrating some ‘firsts’ of our own by toasting to the beginning of our Palolo hunting adventure.

Earlier in the day we completed our first essential tasks in the process of Palolo hunting by making our own a’a (handmade scoop nets), ato (coconut leaf basket) and a range of flower necklaces which proved to me that our ancestors valued the art of accessorizing for any event not excluding hunting.

Surprisingly, making your own palolo catching utensils requires a fair amount of strength and hand to eye coordination. While the nimble hands of the experienced Vaimoana staff breezed through the shaping, weaving and sewing of natural materials -  Lufi and I abandoned hopes of making pinterest worthy palolo paraphernalia in an effort to complete our kit before sundown.…more