• 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”.

  • NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - CHURCH & AP "READY OR NOT"

    NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - CHURCH & AP "READY OR NOT"

    This episode tracks Church & AP’s speedy rise in the hip hop world and explores where the new New Zealand hip hop sound is heading. Because, ready or not, the future of Aotearoa hip hop is already here. Before Church & AP's 2019 hit 'Ready or Not' was even released, it had been picked up by Mai FM, played at Childish Gambino’s Pharos festival, and been the most Shazam-ed song in New Zealand. 'Ready or Not' was set to become a phenomenon. {{19391}} And its success wasn’t limited to Aotearoa either – this homegrown hit made it big internationally too. Radio BBC 1Xtra discovered the song, and soon the boys were on a flight to the UK. Ready or Not, with its falsetto hook, banger chorus, and fresh vocals, was being played on repeat. Speaking about Church & AP’s international acclaim, hip hop artist Dirty says, “because of the internet, people aren’t just looking left and right and trying to be the best rapper on their street, you know. It’s like you’re actually competing with the world.” Church & AP’s rise to the top didn’t come out of nowhere. The duo found a mentor in kiwi rapper Melodownz at a music program in their local community centre. He was one of the people who pushed the pair to continue with their music. Straight from school, still in their uniform, Church flicked AP the hook for what would become Ready or Not. “These kids are like, so driven in what they know they ant to do and how they want to do it,” says DJ ILL BAZ. “It’s just their first, like, they’re not even getting started yet.” {{19392}} The song, perhaps, crests a new wave in New Zealand hip hop which has been rising for some time: artists who take the history of Aotearoa hip hop, of international hip hop and build on it. As Scribe says “I wanna hear what else they got. I wanna hear stories. I wanna feel it… I’m looking forward to what they’ll do. I’m looking forward to what the next generation does because I think it’ll be big.” . About Church & AP {{19394}} Church (Elijah Manu) and AP (Albert Purcell) are a rap duo who met at school in Auckland. Their music has plenty of other local artists featured, many who are mentors for the duo. Much of their learning has been credited to a community outreach programme where they learnt how to use software and record music as well as assisting in meeting plenty of their mentors. In 2019 they released their debut album ‘Teeth’. NZ Hip Hop Stand Up was made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.

  • NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - SHEELAROC 'IF I GAVE YOU TH MIC'

    NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - SHEELAROC 'IF I GAVE YOU TH MIC'

    When New Zealand’s first all-female hip hop crew, Sheelahroc, dropped their track ‘If I Gave U Th’ Mic’ in 2000, they were propelled onto the national stage. The crew consisted of three members: Ladi6, Voodoo Child, and Tyra Hammond. They were rappers, writers, performers, singers, and MCs. In short, they were, as hip hop artist Randa describes them, “dope, talented woman.” {{19251}} Voodoo Child thinks back to the birth of Sheelahroc: “everyone else that was MCing the time that I was around were all male. But I heard from somebody else that there was another chick in Christchurch who was also writing raps.” That chick was Ladi6. They joined forces, and soon after Sheelahroc picked up their third member, Ladi’s cousin, Tyra. The teenagers treated their band like a business, holding weekly meetings and even keeping minutes. The vision was clear. Ladi saw all-female rap crews overseas and wanted that same representation here in New Zealand. “There are definitely attitudes out there that women should be a certain way,” Randa says, “like, gentle or low key. But when you see a woman with mad skills, you cannot deny the power there.” {{19253}} When their single was released, New Zealand’s hip hop industry was sorely lacking in female representation. Radio stations across the country quickly discovered Sheelahroc’s talent and If I gave u th’ mic was nominated for a bNet music award. Rapper and hip hop artist Scribe grew up in the same Christchurch neighbourhood as Sheelahroc. He saw a challenge in the all-female rap crews’ path to success. “[Sheelahroc] made me kinda be like, oh, hang on, I’m going to get left behind here if I don’t get my shit together,” Scribe says. This episode follows Sheelahroc from their origins through to their breakup. It explores female empowerment, the early 2000s hip hop industry, and unearths the terrible music video all the members thought (and hoped) was long lost. . About the artists Sheelahroc {{19255}} The meaning of Sheelahroc is ‘Women are the Strength’ which signifies all that this group embody. The group formed in Christchurch in 1999 and consisted of females of various ethnicities with the aim to provide a supportive environment for females in what is a classically a male dominant Hip Hop scene. Original band members were Karoline Tamati (Ladi6), Sarah Tamaira (Voodoo Child) & Tyra Hammond. In 2001, Sheelahroc released ‘If I Gave U Th’ Mic’ and won the award for the Most Promising New Act at the bNet Music Awards. Ladi6 was a consultant for this documentary series. . Ladi6 {{19257}} Ladi6 (Karoline Tamati) was born in Christchurch although she recalls her initial song writing memories began when she and her family spent a year in Africa when she was a teenager. Ladi and her cousin Tyra Hammond and Sarah Tamaira started the band when she was just 16 years old. Once the band went their separate ways, Ladi met Brent Parks, a talented musician who she started the group ‘Verse Two’ with and who eventually she married. Verse Two shared band members with Shapeshifter and they encouraged her to move to Melbourne where she collaborated with Shapeshifter on ‘When I Return’. Ladi has released three albums (‘The Liberation Of…’ was certified platinum in 2011), won a number of significant awards and collaborated with other high profile artists such as her cousin Scribe and Fat Freddy’s Drop. . Tyra Hammond {{19259}} Tyra Hammond grew up in Christchurch with her cousin Karoline Tamati (Ladi6) and formed the band Sheelahroc together. Once the band split, Tyra continued to make music after meeting Jeremy Toy, one of Opensouls core band members. Influenced strongly by funk, Tyra bought a fresh sound and the band created a side group named ‘Tyra and the Tornadoes’. The Opensouls continued to make music with Toy & Tyra doing the majority of the songwriting to compliment Tyra’s vocals. The band released two albums, Kaleidoscope and Standing in the Rain. . Sarah Tamaira {{19261}} Sarah Tamaira also known as Voodoo Child was a member of Sheelahroc, an all-female band that started in Christchurch with a focus on including and encouraging the female Hip Hop artists to have a voice in what was usually a scene dominated by males. Their single ‘If I Gave You The Mic’ won the award for Most Promising New Act at the 2001 bNet Music Awards. NZ Hip Hop Stand Up was made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.

  • NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - KING KAPISI "REVERSE RESISTANCE"

    NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - KING KAPISI "REVERSE RESISTANCE"

    Kiwi-Samoan artist King Kapisi’s 1999 hit 'Reverse Resistance' raised the standard for music. It sent shock waves through Aotearoa’s underground hip hop scene and with it, Kapisi became the first-ever hip hop artist to win the coveted Silver Scroll songwriting award. This episode explores how King Kapisi uses his music discuss the effects of colonisation, show Samoan pride and share the stories that matter to him. As Scribe says, “that’s why he’s the king.” In the words of Auckland hip hop duo Eno x Dirty, “he exudes hip hop and Pasifika as well.” Kapisi grew up in Wellington but maintained a strong connection with his ancestral home of Samoa. He found inspiration in Samoan hip hop group The Mau, which fused hip hop with Samoan culture. For Kapisi, The Mau expanded the realm of what was possible in music. {{19191}} “I have a very strong cultural roots connection to my home of Samoa,” Kapisi reflects. “The difference between most rappers and me was that I was going to represent me and my hood, my country, and the area that I’m from. And so I make South-Pacific hip hop.” This South-Pacific focus shines through. In his lyrics, rapped over stripped-back guitars, drums, and even an orchestral string section, he speaks of combating colonialism. He focuses on the religion it brought into Samoa and the lives it “fucked up”. The song stands in resistance to colonial power calling for its reversal. Even Reverse Resistance’s music video, filmed on Savai’i, in his village of Fagamalo, works to this end. Directed by Kapisi’s sister, Sima Urale, it shows Samoa not as a commercialised holiday destination or a page out of National Geographic, but as a living place in its own right. It moves hip hop from the hood to the Islands. NZ hip hop artist Melodownz recalls watching the video with his Samoan grandmother: “I’d never been to Samoa, so she was telling me about where things were and stuff in that video... It made her happy.” {{19189}} Reverse Resistance is a dope, high-quality, well-composed song, but more than that – it is music as a tool and as a weapon. King Kapisi’s uncompromising style emanates Samoan pride. He smiles, “I’m very, very lucky that my whole career I’ve made music that I like and I actually dig, and I can live with it because I don’t have to change for anyone. Just me.” . About King Kapisi {{19193}} Bill Urale began his musical days rapping under the name Bran Muffin in his hometown Wellington. Several years later, he and Submariner (Andy Morton) were introduced and Bill changed his MC name to King Kapisi. Kapisi is the Samoan word for cabbage, a nickname Bill’s mother called him as a child. The two began working together in Submariner’s studio ‘The Hut’ and it was then that he signed with record label Festival Records in 1999. King Kapisi is renowned for his politically conscious lyrics and in 1999 ‘Reverse Resistance’ was released winning the APRA Silver Scroll and being the first Polynesian to do so. King Kapisi has released 3 albums and won numerous other awards and was a consultant for this documentary series. NZ Hip Hop Stand Up was made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.

  • NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - SCRIBE "STAND UP"

    NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - SCRIBE "STAND UP"

    Parental Guidance recommended for young viewers. Scribe and P-Money tell the story of their record-breaking hit ‘Stand Up’, which knocked international artists off the top of the charts and spent 12 weeks at number one. This episode covers Scribe’s ambitious journey to fame, the shape of Aotearoa’s early 2000s hip hop scene, and the pushback he received from the music industry and features rare behind the scenes footage of the ‘Stand Up’ music video shoot. In 2003, a track off the debut hip hop album by rapper Scribe rocketed to number one on New Zealand’s music charts. The song, ‘Stand Up’, beat out artists including 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, the Black Eyed Peas and R Kelly. With it, Scribe became the first-ever Kiwi to have a number one single and a number one album – at the same time. {{19137}} DJ P-Money worked with Scribe from the beginning, swapping beats in the form of cassette tapes through the NZ Post. There was a feeling in the air of comradery within New Zealand’s hip hop community, “and Scribe wanted to create the anthem for it,” P-Money says. ‘Stand Up’ was that anthem. In it, Scribe name-dropped a raft of players in the Aotearoa music scene: Nesian Mystik, Footsouljahs, Time Bandits, Deceptikonz, Four Corners, and more. He included not only hip hop artists and breakdancing crews but rock bands as well. {{19139}} “It was important to roll call everyone because, to me, hip hop is everyone,” Scribe says. “It’s about participation. It’s about including people. It’s about acceptance.” Scribe’s success was unprecedented. Almost immediately after ‘Stand Up’s release, he went from writing raps in his cousin’s laundry to getting mobbed by fans at the petrol station. The fame shook him. “It was actually quite scary. Like, I didn’t like it… I’m getting fucking screamed at. People, like, yelling out, surrounding the car, banging on the windows,” he recalls. At the time, no one in New Zealand could compare to that kind of fame. Scribe’s youth, anxiety, and natural introversion did little to help. It was the cost of being the first to the top. Scribe brought Aotearoa hip hop to the forefront of Kiwi consciousness, and swept himself forward with it. {{19140}} NZ Hip Hop Stand Up was made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.

  • NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - SMASHPROOF "BROTHER"

    NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - SMASHPROOF "BROTHER"

    In this episode, Smashproof grapple with issues of inequality, racism, and grief. The episode tracks the creation of brother, the controversy surrounding the music video, and the resounding impact of the song, both in hip hop and in the wider New Zealand society. When South Auckland trio Smashproof released 'Brother' in 2009, it created controversy. The song’s music video depicted the events leading to the tragic death of Pihema Cameron, who was stabbed for tagging. “It had to be said in a song and it’s unfortunate that some people got offended,” Smashproof member Tyree says. “It definitely stirred some huge topics that we face in society today and that’s, pretty much, racism.” The topic hit home. Brother quickly shot to number one, and now holds the record for the kiwi song which has spent the most consecutive weeks topping Aotearoa’s charts. {{19031}} The hit, with its unusual vocals, catchy beat, and verses depicting life in South Auckland, critiqued systems of crime and poverty in New Zealand. On it, Smashproof spoke about loss, about inequality, about the challenges facing their community. Hip hop artist Tipene explains Bother’s impact: “in terms of the timing, when they came through, that was speaking to the hearts of people, man. And I understand why that song went on to do what it’s done. It broke records, but it also mended hearts.” After the single’s release, the crew felt like “the Beatles of New Zealand” when performing. Smashproof member Sid Diamond was surprised at the popularity of such a personal song. They were a group of three South Auckland teenagers speaking about what South Auckland was like for them and the racism they encountered. But the song stretched beyond this focus. {{19032}} “You know, it happens everywhere, it’s not just South Auckland,” explains Smashproof member Deach. “Even though we use brother as a metaphor for South Auckland, ‘brother’ is just a metaphor for a small community, or for someone that’s struggling, that needs help.” And just as the song speaks to places beyond South Auckland it also reaches beyond the time it was written in. The problems Smashproof highlighted in brother are still relevant to New Zealand today. “It was a really good insight into what was happening at the time, and I guarantee not much has changed.” says Sid Diamond. {{19033}} About the artists Smashproof Smashproof is made up of three artists, Sid Diamond, Tyree Tag & Fred Fa’afou who initially met through the break-dancing circuits of Auckland. Smashproof use their music as a way to express their social commentary and their first album featured the song ‘Brother’ which was a No.1 hit. On the singles chart it held the record for the longest consecutive run at Number 1 by a New Zealand band at eleven weeks, breaking a record previously held for 23 years. {{19035}} In 2009, ‘Brother’ continued on to win a number of awards at the New Zealand Music Awards; Most Singles Sold, Best Music Video and People’s Choice Award. In 2009, the group released their album ‘The Weekend’ and continued on to have three consecutive top twenty singles on the New Zealand singles chart. Each of the artists have released solo albums as well and are all involved with younger generations, whether it’s giving back in their local communities by doing free gigs or being involved in promoting Smoke Free NZ, the group have a very local focus. . Sid Diamond {{19037}} Sid was formally known as ‘Young Sid’ and is renowned as one of New Zealand’s best hip hop artists. He grew up in Otara, South Auckland which was the focus of many of his songs. Sid has released two solo albums, ‘The Truth’ in 2007 and ‘What Doesn’t Kill Me…’ in 2010 which charted for eight weeks and both albums won ‘Urban Album of the Year’ at the Maori Music Awards. . Tyree  {{19039}} Tyree grew up in Papatoetoe, South Auckland and has released two solo albums, his first ‘Now or Never’ before Smashproof’s ‘The Weekend’ and then ‘Motivation’ in 2013. Tyree was disillusioned with the music business for a short period where he moved to Australia to focus on family life, however was encouraged by his record label to continue his music and hence his second album was born. He credits taking the time off in that both he as a person and his voice matured, coming back with more maturity to write and record music.  . Deach {{19041}} Fred Fa’afou known as Deach started his career as a rapper at school in talent quests at school in Mangere and has evolved into an artist known for fusing hip hop, R&B and reggae in his most recent releases.

  • NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - SISTERS UNDERGROUND "IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD"

    NZ HIP HOP STAND UP - SISTERS UNDERGROUND "IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD"

    Two teenagers from Ōtara, Brenda and Hassanah, were the voices behind the 1994 song, In the Neighbourhood. Released under the name ‘Sisters Underground’ their song made the NZ Top 10 on release, hit the charts in Australia, and went on to become an iconic part of New Zealand music history. Brenda and Hassanah share their thoughts and memories of In the Neighbourhood. Exploring themes of Pasifika representation, family grief, and what it was like to be two teens rolling in the Ōtara neighbourhood. The song’s success came as something of a surprise to the duo who, years later, are still coming to terms with the resounding impact ‘In the Neighbourhood’ had on Aotearoa. {{18946}} “When that came out, it was a very proud moment,” Upper Hutt Posse member Teremoana Rapley says. “It felt like I wasn’t alone, because up to that point, there were no sisters to the left or to the right of me.”  Sarah Tamaira AKA Voodoo Child shared a similar experience: “You know, when you’re a young girl those kinds of things mean everything to you, seeing brown faces on the TV.” The song carries with it a strong sense of identity. It was funded by a Manukau City Council grant, and the music video was filmed in various locations throughout Ōtara, including their own homes, friends and families. Thinking upon her lyrics, Hassanah explains: “I was really trying to connect the hip hop that I admired to what we would do every day. I wanted it to reflect social inequalities… the true enemy in my mind at that time was, you know, the system.” {{18947}} This mix of hip hop and the everyday might be why the song has meant so much to so many people for so long. When Sisters Underground performed the song to close the 2013 Sliver Scroll Awards, they were shocked at their reception. People were dancing, singing all the lyrics, even crying. A testament, perhaps, to the importance of representation, highlighting as Hassanah says, “what it meant for them to see just regular kids from the kinds of neighbourhoods they came from on TV.” . {{18949}} About the Artists  Brenda and Hassanah went to school and lived in the same neighbourhood of Ōtara and became friends when they were thirteen years old. Read more about Sisters Underground on Audioculture Initially the two performed in halls in South Auckland and then were linked up with producer Alan Jansson who worked with them to record ‘In the Neighbourhood’, which was released in 1994 alongside a music video that focussed on their upbringing in the suburb of Ōtara. The song charted in New Zealand for 12 weeks and went on to become a hit in Australia. It even made the European charts including the Top 10 of the Italian dance chart. In 1995 they were named ‘The Most Promising Group’ at the New Zealand Music Awards. 

  • MARKS OF MANA - FULL DOCUMENTARY

    MARKS OF MANA - FULL DOCUMENTARY

    Across the Moana the art of tatau is legendary - but the marks for women contain stories and meanings that are often little known, especially for new generations.  These age old symbols of the Moko Kauae, the Fijian Veiqia, the Papuan Tep Tok and the Samoan Malu were made to celebrate the significance of the female role, but many were also created by female tatau artists.  'Marks of Mana' explores the female history of tatau in our cultures, and the meaning behind these patterns linked like a necklace around the Moana. . *This content is copyright to the CoconetTV so please share it freely through our share button and refrain from illegally downloading and re-uploading fa’amolemole.

  • MARKS OF MANA - THE EVOLUTION OF TATAU Pt5

    MARKS OF MANA - THE EVOLUTION OF TATAU Pt5

    In this final part of this award winning documentary we look at some of our most tapu forms of tatau and their meanings, and how these ancient marks have travelled across the Moana and still connect us today. Across the Moana the art of tatau is legendary - but the marks for women contain stories and meanings that are often little known, especially for new generations.  These age old symbols of the Moko Kauae, the Fijian Veiqia, the Papuan Tep Tok and the Samoan Malu were made to celebrate the significance of the female role, but many were also created by female tatau artists.  'Marks of Mana' explores the female history of tatau in our cultures, and the meaning behind these patterns linked like a necklace around the Moana. .  Part One tells one family's story of the intergenerational malu, as told by the daughters of high chief Va'asilitfiti Moelagi Jackson who sadly passed away after this documentary was filmed.  Part Two explores the history and stories of the moko kauae ta moko in Aotearoa and the female tatau lineage of this art Part Three looks at the tep tok tradition in Papua New Guinea and how women were the creators of these marks made to honour the female line.   Part Four of Marks of Mana looks at the original legend of Tatau in Samoa intended for women, and the first female Tufuga tatau who has been gifted to tools of the au again. Marks of Mana Part 5 looks at the ways that Tatau stories connect all our Moana cultures and the different forms of these ancient patterns and meanings. .  *This content is copyright to the CoconetTV so please share it freely through our share button and refrain from illegally downloading and re-uploading fa’amolemole.

  • MARKS OF MANA - CONTEMPORARY SAMOAN TATAU STORIES PT4

    MARKS OF MANA - CONTEMPORARY SAMOAN TATAU STORIES PT4

    Across the Moana the art of tatau is legendary - but the marks for women contain stories and meanings that are often little known, especially for new generations.  These age old symbols of the Moko Kauae, the Fijian Veiqia, the Papuan Tep Tok and the Samoan Malu were made to celebrate the significance of the female role, but many were also created by female tatau artists.  'Marks of Mana' explores the female history of tatau in our cultures, and the meaning behind these patterns linked like a necklace around the Moana. .  Part One tells one family's story of the intergenerational malu, as told by the daughters of high chief Va'asilitfiti Moelagi Jackson who sadly passed away after this documentary was filmed.  Part Two explores the history and stories of the moko kauae ta moko in Aotearoa and the female tatau lineage of this art Part Three looks at the tep tok tradition in Papua New Guinea and how women were the creators of these marks made to honour the female line.   Part Four of Marks of Mana looks at the original legend of Tatau in Samoa intended for women, and the first female Tufuga tatau who has been gifted to tools of the au again. .  *This content is copyright to the CoconetTV so please share it freely through our share button and refrain from illegally downloading and re-uploading fa’amolemole.

  • MARKS OF MANA - PAPUA NEW GUINEA TEP TOK Pt3

    MARKS OF MANA - PAPUA NEW GUINEA TEP TOK Pt3

    Across the Moana the art of tatau is legendary - but the marks for women contain stories and meanings that are often little known, especially for new generations.  These age old symbols of the Moko Kauae, the Fijian Veiqia, the Papuan Tep Tok and the Samoan Malu were made to celebrate the significance of the female role, but many were also created by female tatau artists.  'Marks of Mana' explores the female history of tatau in our cultures, and the meaning behind these patterns linked like a necklace around the Moana. . Part One tells one family's story of the intergenerational malu, as told by the daughters of high chief Va'asilitfiti Moelagi Jackson who sadly passed away after this documentary was filmed.  Part Two explores the history and stories of the moko kauae ta moko in Aotearoa and the female tatau lineage of this art Part Three looks at the tep tok tradition in Papua New Guinea and how women were the creators of these marks made to honour the female line.   Part Four of Marks of Mana looks at the original legend of Tatau in Samoa intended for women, and the first female Tufuga tatau who has been gifted to tools of the au again. Marks of Mana Part 5 looks at the ways that Tatau stories connect all our Moana cultures and the different forms of these ancient patterns and meanings. . *This content is copyright to the Coconet TV so please share it freely through our share button and refrain from illegally downloading and re-uploading fa’amolemole.

  • MARKS OF MANA - MOKO KAUAE STORIES Pt2

    MARKS OF MANA - MOKO KAUAE STORIES Pt2

    Part 2 of the award winning documentary ‘Marks of Mana’ looks at the stories of Moko Kauae in the Maori communities and the history of this age old taonga. ‘Marks of Mana’ is a feature documentary film that looks at the histories and stories of female Tatau across the Moana. From female tufuga and ta moko artists, to those who wear these ancient patterns, we find out why these marks had so much meaning and why it’s important to keep them alive. . Across the Moana the art of tatau is legendary - but the marks for women contain stories and meanings that are often little known, especially for new generations.  These age old symbols of the Moko Kauae, the Fijian Veiqia, the Papuan Tep Tok and the Samoan Malu were made to celebrate the significance of the female role, but many were also created by female tatau artists.  'Marks of Mana' explores the female history of tatau in our cultures, and the meaning behind these patterns linked like a necklace around the Moana. . Part One tells one family's story of the intergenerational malu, as told by the daughters of high chief Va'asilitfiti Moelagi Jackson who sadly passed away after this documentary was filmed.  Part Two explores the history and stories of the moko kauae ta moko in Aotearoa and the female tatau lineage of this art Part Three looks at the tep tok tradition in Papua New Guinea and how women were the creators of these marks made to honour the female line.   . *This content is copyright to the Coconet TV so please share it freely through our share button and refrain from illegally downloading and re-uploading fa’amolemole.

  • MARKS OF MANA - MALU STORY Pt1

    MARKS OF MANA - MALU STORY Pt1

    Across the Moana the art of tatau is legendary - but the marks for women contain stories and meanings that are often little known, especially for new generations.  These age old symbols of the Moko Kauae, the Fijian Veiqia, the Papuan Tep Tok and the Samoan Malu were made to celebrate the significance of the female role, but many were also created by female tatau artists.  'Marks of Mana' explores the female history of tatau in our cultures, and the meaning behind these patterns linked like a necklace around the Moana. . Part One tells one family's story of the intergenerational malu, as told by the daughters of high chief Va'asilitfiti Moelagi Jackson who sadly passed away after this documentary was filmed.  Part Two explores the history and stories of the moko kauae ta moko in Aotearoa and the female tatau lineage of this art Part Three looks at the tep tok tradition in Papua New Guinea and how women were the creators of these marks made to honour the female line.   . *This content is copyright to the Coconet TV so please share it freely through our share button and refrain from illegally downloading and re-uploading fa’amolemole.

  • JERI - Episode 3

    JERI - Episode 3

    Follow Women’s competitor and 1st place winner, Jeri Galeai, as she prepares and competes in the 2019 World Fireknife Competition. In this episode Jeri's father David shares the fire knife dance heritage that comes down from his Mother and Aunty who was the first female Fire Knife Dancer.  We follow Jeri into the final against fellow finalists Moemoana Schwenke & Huang Shi Ping 

  • JERI - Episode 2

    JERI - Episode 2

    Follow Women’s competitor and 1st place winner, Jeri Galeai, as she prepares and competes in the 2019 World Fireknife Competition. In this episode she shares her practise techniques and we follow her through the preliminary round of the World Fireknife Competition where they're brought the Womens competition back and have 7 competitors vying for the top spot.