• Is Your Hawaii Vacation Pushing Native Hawaiians Off The Islands?

    Is Your Hawaii Vacation Pushing Native Hawaiians Off The Islands?

    Many Native Hawaiians can’t afford to live in Hawai’i. This summer, the average price for a single-family home in Maui hit $1.1 million. But an average salary for a worker in the tourism industry is less than $40,000 per year.

  • Native Hawaiians Fight US Navy for Polluting Island’s Water

    Native Hawaiians Fight US Navy for Polluting Island’s Water

    Under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, Native Hawaiians surprised the gates of the US Navy Command with a civil disobedience action over the Red Hill fuel leak.

  • The pen that was used to highlight police racism | The Single Object | The Spinoff

    The pen that was used to highlight police racism | The Single Object | The Spinoff

    One morning in 1978, University of Auckland law lecturer David Williams walked into the police station and made a confession. His crime? Stealing a pen from his employer. Williams was never convicted – and more importantly, neither was Iki Toloa.

  • The Rock - Surprising my former high School's football team

    The Rock - Surprising my former high School's football team

    Episode 1 (above)  Dwayne Johnson, alongside Under Armour on behalf of his Project Rock clothing line, put together an incredible surprise for the football players at his former high school, Freedom High in Pennsylvania. Before their Homecoming game, Dwayne gifted each player with brand new Project Rock performance gear along with customized programming for athletes and coaches - all delivered with a special message from The Rock himself, hyping them up to go play their hearts out on the field. -  Episode 2 - The students and staff of Freedom High talk about what the gear, programming and outreach of support from The Rock means to themselves and their community. {{26986}} -  Episode 3 - This episode The Rock alongside Under Armour puts together an incredible surpise for the footbal players of his former high school - Mckinley High in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Dwayne gifted each player with brand new Project Rock performance gear, along with customized programming for athletes and coaches. This was all delivered with a special message from The Rock himself, filled with personal words of encouragement and motivation. Training in the weight room and out on the field in their new gear, the students and staff talk about what the gear, programming and outreach of support from The Rock means to themselves and their community. {{26987}}

  • The Fire Knife Dancing Champion | Irreplaceable: Celebrating Different

    The Fire Knife Dancing Champion | Irreplaceable: Celebrating Different

    Meet Jeralee Galea'i a fire knife dancing champion who lives in Laie, Hawaii. Watch this video to hear her story. -  About the series:  Irreplaceable: Celebrating Different is a series that explores unique individuals and their fandoms. From objects to culture –– we learn where the obsession started and how it evolved. It’s a celebration of what’s different.

  • PROOF | Documentary about NZ's drinking culture | RNZ

    PROOF | Documentary about NZ's drinking culture | RNZ

    Two years ago Guyon Espiner stopped drinking. Now, the award-winning journalist and podcast-maker has made a documentary about New Zealand's drinking culture and the alcohol industry.

  • UFC Year of the Fighter: Max Holloway | UFC FIGHT PASS Original Series Preview

    UFC Year of the Fighter: Max Holloway | UFC FIGHT PASS Original Series Preview

    Former UFC Featherweight Champion, Max Holloway takes us through the most momentous year of his career, winning his first three title fights at just 25 years old and landing a movie role, while keeping grateful and grounded along the way. -  The Samoan/Hawaiian UFC fighter was just selected as the 2021 recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Award ahead of his fight against Yair Rodriguez.  The award, which was created last year and named after former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, annually recognizes a UFC athlete for his or her exceptional volunteer and charity work and the meaningful impact their efforts have on the community. {{26917}}

  • NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - 3 THE HARD WAY 'HIP HOP HOLIDAY'

    NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - 3 THE HARD WAY 'HIP HOP HOLIDAY'

    In 1994, Kiwis were ‘still wearing stubbies and listening to rock and roll’ when 3 The Hard Way’s ‘Hip Hop Holiday’ hit number one and helped usher the genre into the New Zealand mainstream.  “Radio slogans back then were no rap, no crap,” Mike Paton says. When 3 The Hard Way formed in 1993, New Zealand’s hip hop scene was still “definitely underground”. Group members Chris Ma'ia'i, Lance Manuel and Mike Paton found themselves producing within a genre that had few expectations but scorn in the mainstream. “When you got a Māori boy breakdancing on the side of the road, they thought, ‘look at these street kids; what are they up to? No good,’” Lance says, recalling the racism of the era. All three were part of Tāmaki Makaurau’s underground dance party scene in the 1980s and found themselves in a group of musicians who would go on to define the genre in the upcoming decade.  {{26894}} Inspired by the reggae they listened to as youth, Lance was working with a melody from a replayed sample of British band 10cc’s ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ as the basis of the group’s first track. Once he’d gotten a beat down, Chris then suggested that the trio should “loop it and put some rhymes on it”. With that, the newly-formed group had unknowingly created the song that would see them headlining packed-out shows across the ditch within months.  Coming six years after Upper Hutt Posse’s pioneering ‘E Tū’, the summery beat of Hip Hop Holiday was the first Kiwi hip-hop track to reach gold status, having also spent several weeks at number one on the charts.  “There were never any aspirations, there was never any plan,” Chris says, who added that suddenly fronting for thousands of fans never came naturally to him. While sampling rights meant the group had trouble collecting royalties, the visible success of the group’s song helped pave a path for other rap and hip hop legends who would go on to achieve commercial success.  {{26895}} 3 The Hard Way went on to release their debut album Old School Prankstas while touring in Australia and New Zealand in 1994. Following this, the trio took an extended break with Lance later leaving the group to focus on a life outside of music. A comeback in 2003 saw Ma'ia'i and Paton once again top the charts with their hit single ‘It’s On’. This episode tracks 3 The Hard Way from their Westie origins to headlining shows with their breakthrough track. It explores what inspired Hip Hop Holiday and how its unexpected success impacted the trio as the first hip hop artists to reach the mainstream. -  About the Artists 3 The Hard Way Forming in 1993, 3 The Hard Way were the first hip hop group to break into the New Zealand mainstream. Hailing from West Auckland, the three band members’ success with Hip Hop Holiday paved the path for a new generation of rap artists. After a hiatus, the group returned in 2003 with their second album ‘Eyes on the Prize’. The album peaked at number four on the charts while single ‘It’s On’ went on to give the group its second chart-topping single. Their first album, Old School Prankstas, was reissued in 2012.  {{26897}} Chris Ma'ia'i Chris “Mighty Boy C” Ma'ia'i grew up in West Auckland and attended Waitakere College as a teenager. Chris had met Lance Manuel while still in school and formed 3 The Hard Way with Lance’s friend Mike Paton in 1993. He returned for the group’s comeback in 2003 and was the group’s primary vocalist. {{26899}} Lance Manuel  Lance ”'DJ Damage” Manuel had attended Henderson High School and was a turntablist in 3 The Hard Way. He knew both Chris Ma'ia'i and Mike Paton as a young Westie. With a strong interest in DJing, he left the group on good terms after the success of Hip Hop Holiday and Old School Prankstas. {{26903}} Mike Paton Mike “DJ Mike Mixx” Paton also attended Waitakere College and grew up in West Auckland. He had worked with Lance Manuel before forming 3 The Hard Way as a DJ in the Auckland dance party scene. He returned for the group’s comeback in 2003. {{26901}}

  • Kiwi director Toa Fraser opens up on early onset Parkinson’s diagnosis

    Kiwi director Toa Fraser opens up on early onset Parkinson’s diagnosis

    Fijian / Samoan director Toa Fraser recently opened up in an extraordinarily brave message on social media  telling the world of his struggle with the early onset of Parkinson’s.  He had kept his own deeply personal story a secret for five years. He now shares about his early onsert Parkinson's diagnosis with the Sunday team.

  • Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - The Making of Bang On the Music Video

    Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - The Making of Bang On the Music Video

    For the first time in high definition, see behind the scenes of the creation of the official music video for "Bang On" ft Mack10 (recorded July 19, 2003)

  • Manu Tuilagi: Oceans Apart Series

    Manu Tuilagi: Oceans Apart Series

    England & Irish Lions star Manu Tuilagi who's originally from Savai'i in Samoa talks Family, Career, his decision to play for England over Samoa & some of the challenges faced by professional players from the Pacific.

  • When Nobody was Looking

    When Nobody was Looking

    An entomologist takes on the 1970s New Zealand Government uncovering institutional racism and child abuse. Dr. Oliver Sutherland discovers disturbing cases of abused children in state care, including imprisonment and torture of children as young as nine. Niuean Hake Halo - who was sent to Lake Alice child and Adolescent Unit in 1975 at the age of 13 – and submitted to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was just one of the children that Dr Oliver campaigned and advocated for with his organisation ACORD - the Auckland Committee on Racial Discrimination - across a 15-year period during the 70s and 80s. Fighting a racist system, the insect scientist stands up to expose abuse in the notorious Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital, but will justice ever be served? "It's never too late for justice." - Dr. Oliver Sutherland

  • The Secrets of the Pandora Papers

    The Secrets of the Pandora Papers

    For months, more than 600 journalists from around the world, including the ABC, the Washington Post and the BBC, have been working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on this top-secret investigation. One of the biggest data leaks in history, the papers reveal how the wealthy and powerful are continuing to use offshore tax havens to hide their ownership of assets and stash their cash - despite attempts to rein the industry in.  The global Pandora Papers leak has shed light on the links between an Australian accountant who set up an offshore financial advisory firm in Samoa, and the Pacific nation's government. Samoa's International Finance Authority (SIFA) has issued a clarification statement following the recent distribution of the Pandora Papers. Click here to read their statement.   Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has told the Samoa Observer the government will review what's coming out of the Pandora Papers and intends to look at Samoa's tax policies after allegations that an Australian accountant helped write the country's tax code making it easy to use tax avoidance schemes as well as promoting the country as a tax haven.

  • Tongan mum of nine gets life-saving surgery removing facial tumour in NZ

    Tongan mum of nine gets life-saving surgery removing facial tumour in NZ

    Vea Koloa is a 36-year-old mum of nine, with a facial tumour as big as her head. Unable to get the treatment she needed in her native Tonga, Vea came to New Zealand for life-changing surgery, thanks in part to the generosity of Kiwi surgeons who offered to remove it for free. Sunday is behind the scenes for this extraordinary operation and for when Vea sees her new face for the very first time. {{27191}} New Zealand moved into lockdown just a week after her surgery and while she initially thought she might be able to go home in October, Covid disrupted travel between New Zealand and Tonga.  Vea’s repatriation has now been delayed four times. With ongoing community transmission in New Zealand, the Tongan government made the call to postpone all repatriation flights until next year. Vea is now pinning her hopes on a fifth date, in January. Vea being in New Zealand has been particularly hard on her nine children who are waiting at home for her in Tonga - the youngest, Lianta, is just four years old. Read the full update here  - Vea is in need of on-going care.  Her friends have set up a Give a Little page for people who would like to donate to help her. Click here to donate to Vea Koloa's ongoing treatment.

  • Samoa's First Woman Prime Minister: Fiame Naomi Mata'afa

    Samoa's First Woman Prime Minister: Fiame Naomi Mata'afa

    Fiame Naomi Mata'afa the leader of the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) the new Samoan government, will make history in becoming the first ever female Prime Minister of Samoa and the first indigenous female Prime Minister in the South Pacific region.  Here is the story of her extraordinary political journey, as she carries Samoa forward full circle from the legacy of her father  Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu'u II who was the very first Prime Minister of Samoa, and her mother Masiofo La'ulu Fetauimalemau Mata'afa an esteemed Member of Parliament in Samoa.  {{24854}}

  • "USOMONI" clothing founder Clarence Mikasa

    "USOMONI" clothing founder Clarence Mikasa

    "Usomoni" clothing founder Clarence Mikasa shares his journey behind the name of his brand, getting his business off the ground and his own mental health journey. He was born in Samoa and comes from the villages of Vailele and Vaipu'a, then raised in Flaxmere, Hastings before moving over to Australia. {{24042}} A note from Clarence:  I’m the founder of USOMONI and started this brand to bring awareness to mental health in our Pacific community. I know that our people are very proud people and don’t like to show emotion or share what they are going through.  They bottle everything up and there are often not enough resources to help our communities. I started this journey as I was one of those that were going through dark times but didn't let people know what was really going on. As an owner of a printing business I started "USOMONI" back in 2019 from making tees and sending them out to high profile usos and sisters.  Now I’m a step closer to speaking in front of a big crowd to share my story world wide. -  To order 'Usomoni' merch check out their website here 

  • Untold Pacific History - Episode 5: Fiji / The colonial forces that shaped modern Fiji

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 5: Fiji / The colonial forces that shaped modern Fiji

    In this episode we will examine how and why Indian populations were brought to Fiji, and how the inequities under the colonial government’s ‘Girmit’ system, created a society of instability and countless coups. This episode delves into the legacy of the colonial history that underpins much of the racial disharmony in modern day Fiji, and some of the fraught factors that have led to the migration of Indo-Fijian and indigenous Fijian communities to Aotearoa.

  • Untold Pacific History - Episode 4: Rarotonga / The Sheraton Hotel

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 4: Rarotonga / The Sheraton Hotel

    This is a story of indigenous land rights gone awry, a makutu from an aggrieved family and the failed business ventures of an infamous 'haunted hotel' in Rarotonga.  In pre-colonial times, it was the scene of bloody battles between rival tribes, and ancient spirits are said to patrol the area. It is also the subject of a bitter ownership dispute that dates back more than a century and gave rise to the curse that is still said to hang over the area. This is the ‘cursed’ Sheraton hotel complex in Rarotonga, a long-abandoned luxury resort that has lain derelict for a quarter of a century. The stories of Italian mafia connections, failed government business dealings, and indigenous land rights come together in this episode of Untold Pacific History. 

  • Untold Pacific History - Episode 3: Samoa / NZ's colonisation of Samoa & the Mau Movement

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 3: Samoa / NZ's colonisation of Samoa & the Mau Movement

    ‘The Mau’ became a revolutionary movement for Samoa’s independence, against New Zealand’s brutal period of colonial administration. In what is possibly one of the most significant stories of New Zealand’s little-known history in the region, this episode looks at the events that led to the rise of the ‘Mau’ resistance movement and the fatal consequences of New Zealand’s rule in Samoa. New Zealand’s period of rule in Samoa was marred by bungled administration and fatal decision-making. The death of one fifth of the population via Spanish influenza, and the fatal shooting of unarmed Samoans by NZ police during a peaceful public march are two key events. This piece sheds light on this period of New Zealand and Samoan history that remains little-examined in Aotearoa. Former Head of State, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese, the nephew of the slain Mau leader, tells of his tumultuous family history under the NZ reign and how it led to Helen Clark’s famous 2002 apology on behalf of the New Zealand Government.

  • Untold Pacific History - Episode 2: Niue / The Murder of Commissioner Larsen

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 2: Niue / The Murder of Commissioner Larsen

    What led Commissioner Larsen - the New Zealand administrator of Niue in the 1950s to be murdered in his bed by three locals hell-bent on justice and revenge? New Zealand's representative to Niue, Cecil Hector Larsen, was killed by Niuean locals, the first New Zealand diplomat to have been killed abroad. In an extraordinary story of the trauma suffered by indigenous people at the hands of an alleged tyrant, a dramatic chapter in NZ and Niuean history is unravelled. Niuean family members, politicians and historians give their perspectives on this little-known New Zealand colonial history on the ‘realm nation’ of Niue.

  • Untold Pacific History - Episode 1: Waking Up to the Dawn Raids (Aotearoa)

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 1: Waking Up to the Dawn Raids (Aotearoa)

    Of the many real life events of Pasifika people in Aotearoa, the Dawn Raids period in our recent history, is a story that is overdue to be told. Long whispered about in secret family conversations, people have heard the words ‘Dawn Raids’ but not about what really happened. In this critical examination of a time little-known in New Zealand’s social history, this piece features key talent involved in the infamous New Zealand government ‘Dawn Raids’ regime; from a Samoan policeman who was at the forefront of the raids; to the personal stories of families impacted in this time.  {{23733}} This episode explores the landscape of Aotearoa in the 1970’s and the global political factors that led to the economic decline that turned the tide of public sentiment against ‘illegal immigrants’. This important mini-doco looks at the relationship of Aotearoa and its Pacific population, and how this has evolved over the decades. In this short-form encapsulated history of the Dawn Raids era, historians, Pacific families, teachers and a policeman help to paint a picture of a time that redefined the lives of Pacific people in Aotearoa.

  • Kiutau Taufa - Autism & Fatherhood

    Kiutau Taufa - Autism & Fatherhood

    A film about a fathers experience raising his son Filise Taufa who has been diagnosed with autism. The aim of this film is to bring awareness to the autism spectrum from a father's perspective.

  • The Deep Sigh of the Pacific

    The Deep Sigh of the Pacific

    The powerful stories of our Pacific soldiers and the legacy they leave behind.  What's the connection between a town in France, a newly unveiled Pacific memorial at Wellington's Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, and the people of the Cook Islands? Leading Pacific artist Michael Tuffrey links them all in a poignant feature documentary funded by NZ-MFAT, by Wellington-based Cook Islander Johnson Raela. At the March 27th, 2021 memorial service at Pukeahu, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown paid tribute to the ongoing commitment of all Pacific nations towards regional security and global peacekeeping. "For more than 40 years, countries in the Pacific have contributed uniformed personnel to UN peace operations around the globe. From 1978 to the present, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste have collectively deployed to 30 UN peace operations," he noted.

  • Arranged Marriage NZ — Tongan Princess Virginia Tuita & Lopeti Aleamotu’a

    Arranged Marriage NZ — Tongan Princess Virginia Tuita & Lopeti Aleamotu’a

    Princess Virginia prepares to marry Lopeti in the grandest Tongan wedding ever to be held in New Zealand but how will Her Royal Highness cope with the independence of marriage when she has never cooked or cleaned in her life? The auspicious occasion was attended by the Queen Mother, Halaevalu Mata’aho, HRH Pricess Royal Pilolevu Tuita, HRH Crown Princess Sinaitakala, HRH Princess Lātūfuipeka, HRH Princess ‘Ofeina ‘e he Langi Fakafanua and members of the Royal Family.

  • O LA’U MALAGA - MALUOAIGA: MY JOURNEY AS A SĀMOAN/MĀORI WOMAN

    O LA’U MALAGA - MALUOAIGA: MY JOURNEY AS A SĀMOAN/MĀORI WOMAN

    Pacific Wave is proud to present O LA’U MALAGA - MALUOAIGA: MY JOURNEY AS A SĀMOAN/MĀORI WOMAN’, a film that was produced by Pacific Wave Radio Hosts, Kimaea Kirifi-Ali’ifa’alogo & Pele Vaimoso.  The film documents Kirifi-Ali’ifa’alogo as she embarks on her Malofie journey and the struggles she’s had with identity as a “half cast” Samoan - with her father being from Sāmoa and her mother being of Māori descent.

  • Alby and Lina - Conversations with my Immigrant Parents

    Alby and Lina - Conversations with my Immigrant Parents

    Produced for RNZ by Saraid de Silva and Julie Zhu | Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund Content warning: This episode explores themes around mental health. After four years studying in Dunedin, Alby has just moved back in with his mum Lina in Naenae. The two of them discuss Lina’s career, Alby’s grief, and who our lives are lived for. Listen to the full interview here  {{21551}} When Lina Fairbrother came to Aotearoa from Sāmoa in 1986, the move was a chance to improve the lives of loved ones at home, as well as to give her potential children here more of a leg-up in the world than she had. “That is the main reason why I came here,  to help my family to have a future here.” {{21553}}  A few years after arriving here, Lina in her own words, “met my honey” in Albert Fairbrother Sr. They married had one son, who they also named Albert Fairbrother. The three of them lived in Naenae, Lower Hutt. Albert Fairbrother Sr was 26 years older than Lina when they married, which caused some trouble at family gatherings. “Uncle Maiava said, ‘Oh he’s too old for you, look for another one,’” remembers Lina. {{21555}} Alby’s dad passed away when he was still in Year 12, something which dramatically changed how he experienced his last year at school. He describes attaining university entrance early, but his grades dropped so low in his final year that he was unable to get into university without sitting extra exams. He moved to Dunedin to study at Otago in 2017 and took some time to adjust to the lifestyle and the community. {{21557}} This episode was recorded the day after Alby left his hall of residence and his life in Dunedin to move back in with Lina. He recently got his first job, a graduate position writing policy for the Ministry of Primary Industries, the same government department that Lina coincidentally has worked in as part of the cleaning staff for the last 10 years. Lina’s perception of her job is an important counterpoint to the ways immigrant workers in cleaning roles have widely been portrayed. {{21559}} “I told people at MPI, ‘My team, we are VIP people.’ They look at me and I say, ‘We are very important people. Without us, who’s going to clean your mess?’ I’m not ashamed because it pays the bills, buys the food. I do it with passion because I’m a cleaner, and I’m so happy to call myself a cleaner.” This episode reveals an honest and challenging conversation that explores this mother and son’s close relationship and respect for each other, as well as their shared grief, and differing approaches to life and work. . . Where to get help: Need to Talk? Free call or text 1737 any time to speak to a trained counsellor, for any reason. Lifeline: 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357 Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 / 0508 TAUTOKO (24/7). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends. Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (24/7) or text 4202 Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (24/7) Youthline: 0800 376 633 (24/7) or free text 234 (8am-12am), or email talk@youthline.co.nz What's Up: online chat (3pm-10pm) or 0800 WHATSUP / 0800 9428 787 helpline (12pm-10pm weekdays, 3pm-11pm weekends) Kidsline (ages 5-18): 0800 543 754 (24/7) Rural Support Trust Helpline: 0800 787 254 Healthline: 0800 611 116 Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155 If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111. Click here to listen to Alby and Lina's story and for more of the series 

  • Polynesian Panthers continuing the fight 50 years on

    Polynesian Panthers continuing the fight 50 years on

    In 1971, Ponsonby was dilapidated, rat-infested and constantly patrolled by the Police, prompting a group of teenage activists to fight against the systematic racism of the time. The Dawn Raids, tenants rights, police brutality, the panthers changed the way New Zealand treats our Pasifika population ... so why are they still fighting?  

  • FACE to FACE - Iafeta Matalasi comes face to face with his sons killer

    FACE to FACE - Iafeta Matalasi comes face to face with his sons killer

    An extraordinary story of a Christian man and a convicted killer. The men have two key things in common; both are fathers, and both have a close connection to the murder of Alonsio Matalasi. His death changed their lives in some very unexpected ways. We go inside prison for the meeting of these two men, brought together by bloodshed.

  • Tatau Fitness - The Journey

    Tatau Fitness - The Journey

    Samoan business owner Clement Nanai runs Tatau Fitness gym in Brisbane, Australia. He shares his journey as a business owner with a vision to serve the community through his gym, living with Autism/ADHD, the process of relocating into their new space and how blessed and grateful they are for the love and support that they continue to receive from their families, friends and the wider community. . Peep the fundraising event in the video below  {{21100}} . Follow them on Facebook here  And on Instagram here 

  • Hp Boyz - Road To Bay Dreams

    Hp Boyz - Road To Bay Dreams

    Follow the HP Boyz as they head to Tauranga and Nelson for Bay Dreams in New Zealand. 

  • Obesity in Paradise

    Obesity in Paradise

    Obesity in Paradise: This episode is about a paradise lost where an obesity crisis is hitting Pacific Islanders. 93 per cent of American Samoan adults are overweight or obese, making it the fattest place on earth. Neighbouring Samoa is not far behind. Sophie Morgan from Unreported World went to the islands to investigate. Warning:  This episode contains some medical procedures.

  • Lolohea Flowers - Sione Lolohea

    Lolohea Flowers - Sione Lolohea

    Sione Lolohea has become a familiar fixture at Kruger Parade, Redbank, just over a half hour drive out of the city of Brisbane. Sione who was born in Tonga and moved to Australia in 1999 from New Zealand, has been selling flowers for nearly 18 years. He has been unable to go back to his factory job after he suffered heart failure but he refuses to stay home and do nothing. You'll find Sione at Kruger Parade, Redbank from 6am to 6pm Wednesday to Sunday. Parker Films shares his story with us here. {{20980}}

  • Joeli Vidiri, the greatest All Black that never was | Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends

    Joeli Vidiri, the greatest All Black that never was | Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends

    In 1996, Joeli Vidiri was set to be the star of New Zealand rugby alongside his good friend Jonah Lomu. But deteriorating kidneys led to his early retirement from the sport, aged just 27. Today, Joeli works at a hardware store in Auckland and is grateful everyday for the kidney transplant he received in 2015.

  • Valle - The Outliers

    Valle - The Outliers

    Valle is a PNG born, Christchurch based artist who travels back to his birth country to learn about who he is.  Meeting his grandmother and family proves to be one of the most pivotal moments in Valle’s life.  His latest single "Prodigy" which features John Givez & Sam V was recently featured on the Ebro Show on Monday, on Apple Music 1. Listen to it here  Valle cover photo: Fire Fire / The Outliers

  • NIKOLAI TALAMAHINA X HERE WE ARE

    NIKOLAI TALAMAHINA X HERE WE ARE

    "I think in a Pasifika context, there's a lot of shame - there's definitely a lot of shame around being trans masculine." Nikolai Talamahina, aka Brown Boy Magik, is still working out what masculinity means to him. In this video, by Claire-Eastham-Farrelly, the musician, curator, events facilitator and "big energy Aries" talks about what it's like when you're suddenly expected to be "one of the boys".

  • An Island in the Pandemic

    An Island in the Pandemic

    A story about community resilience in the face of Covid-19 impacts on an isolated community in the Pacific. In the face of unprecedented challenges, the small Hawaiian Island of Molokai responds with human kindness, collaborative solutions, and a shift towards sustainable local food systems.

  • Dear Thalia (Hawaii Homeless Documentary)

    Dear Thalia (Hawaii Homeless Documentary)

    Dear Thalia follows The Martin Family (Tracy, Tabatha, & Thalia) being homeless living in Kakaako, Oahu/Hawai’i. Filmed over a course of 4 months on weekends (8-10 hours a day), some weekdays/holidays and the Family having a GoPro for the entire duration 24/7. Living in paradise with the cost of living and cost of a home, its very common to have people working multiple jobs or still living with their parents. Add in a loss of a job, or a medical situation/emergency, or any other variable that could potentially have you sleeping on friends couches or on the streets. See what its like to live on a sidewalk in Kakaako, Oahu Hawaii.

  • THE FAREWELL - Tōfā si ou Tinā

    THE FAREWELL - Tōfā si ou Tinā

    In 2018, Raymond Sagapolutele travelled to Frankfurt, Germany to take part in the exhibition 'Grey is the new Pink', a work that featured his mother Ruta and sister Ufitia. In 2019, Raymond returned to Frankfurt, this time together with Ufitia and her dance sisters Natalia and Lycia. "I had discussed the possibility of including a choreographed contemporary Siva Samoa with the team at Weltkulturen, explaining that it would be a chance for our family to pay respect to our mother and to also provide an opportunity for a group of Samoans to be present and reconnect with the archive as I had done the previous year. From a narrative point of view, it was also a chance to complete the circle for our mother and sister who, seven years prior, had danced as representatives of two distinct styles. Ufitia had evolved in her practice as a dancer and would be able to honour what our mother had taught her and show her fa’aaloalo (deference and respect) to dance one more time on behalf of aiga as we say goodbye" - Raymond Sagapolutele  Check out the full project here

  • BEING: Makua Rothman

    BEING: Makua Rothman

    Named the first World Surf League Big Wave Champion, native Hawaiian Makua Rothman has chased and charged the most massive waves in the world. This documentary gives you an in-depth look into his unlikely rise to a Hawaiian hero.

  • FEVER SPIKE

    FEVER SPIKE

    It’s been wiped out from nearly every other country in the western world but in New Zealand we just can’t seem to eradicate it. Rheumatic fever is firmly entrenched here and rates are on the rise. We’re with 26-year old rugby player, Matt Johnson who’s lucky to be alive, and speak to the doctors who call this disease and it’s ongoing spike in cases, “distressing” and “disgraceful”.