• 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.

  • 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.

  • JERI - Episode 1

    JERI - Episode 1

    Follow Women’s competitor and 1st place winner, Jeri Galea'i, as she prepares and competes in the 2019 World Fireknife Competition.

  • 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.

  • THE ROGERS OF SAMOA

    THE ROGERS OF SAMOA

    An intimate glimpse of the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands - the Rogers of Samoa. From the loneliness of family rejection and homelessness to the camaraderie of church, cooking, and dance, their stories reveal the challenges and possibilities of life in an island society rooted in culture and tradition. Dedicated in loving memory to To'oto'oali'i (Roger) Stanley (1976-2018) 

  • 80's ICONS 'THE JETS'

    80's ICONS 'THE JETS'

    Flashback Tonight goes on location to catch up with the hit making siblings from the 80's THE JETS. They let it all hang out regarding the family split, not being able to read music & songs they hate & miss singing. Also if you were around in the 90s you may remember RnB group 'All 4 One' - the Flashback Tonight interviewer is part of that group! 

  • A Dress and a Cardigan for Mele - Conversations With My Immigrant Parents

    A Dress and a Cardigan for Mele - Conversations With My Immigrant Parents

    From Converstaions with my Immigrant Parents   Produced for RNZ by Saraid de Silva and Julie Zhu | Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund When Liliani Waigth migrated to Aotearoa from Tonga as a 21 year old in the 1970s, she had no idea it would be another 15 years before she went back. “I hop out of the plane and it was freezing cold.  Coming from a country that’s so warm, coming over to New Zealand, it was foggy and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, what am I doing over in this country over here.’ Staying initially in Auckland where she had family, Liliani soon met her Pālagi husband and moved to the East Coast.  She was one of the first Tongan migrants to settle in Gisborne where there were only a handful of other Tongan families that she knew of at the time. Liliani had two daughters and two sons, however her first daughter passed away as a baby.  Her daughter Kesaia now lives in Wellington and works as a principal research analyst of the Waitangi Tribunal for the Ministry of Justice.  In her 60s now and retired, Liliani talks with Kesaia on the phone every day and has done so for the last 17 years. {{15950}} Kesaia’s dad passed away when she was 13 and Liliani raised her three kids largely as a single mother.  Despite this, she had strong reservations when Kesaia fell pregnant with her first child while unmarried.  Through this conversation, mother and daughter discuss how different expectations in the countries they were raised in have influenced their approaches to marriage and motherhood. “My mother, she always talked to me about those kinds of things, you know?  If I go with a boy or have a boyfriend, and you go and have… you know, have a baby or something like that.  That is really–,” starts Liliani. Kesaia finishes her sentence, “Really bad.  I don’t think anybody here really cares that much.  For me - because I left home at 17, there was no culture, there was no community to really disappoint.  So I didn’t sort of worry about that.” This episode covers expectations of Tongan women, grief, and how different generations perceive the notion of sacrifice, all with Kesaia’s five month old Raita gurgling in the background. Click here to listen to the full conversation between Liliani and her daughter Kesaia 

  • NADOLO - The Documentary

    NADOLO - The Documentary

    "Nadolo" explores the life and career of Fijian rugby legend Nemani Nadolo. He’s one of the most feared wingers on the planet. A six foot four, 137kg colossus that has run roughshod over countless defenders on four continents. Yet there is another side to Nemani Nadolo. RugbyPass goes behind the scenes with Nadolo at his home in Montpellier, to meet the man behind the fearsome reputation. We find a husband, a brother and a friend whose off-field persona is radically at odds with the fearsome Fijian giant that prowls the Top 14. From his early days in Queensland to a career that has literally taken him across the globe, and which has seen him go from a potential nearly ran that considered leaving the professional game to becoming one of the sport’s most celebrated sons. We hear from his brother Chris, his wife Kim, his teammates as well as the big man himself, about the man behind the tries. This is ‘Nadolo’ – The Documentary.

  • LIKE A MIGHTY WAVE: A MAUNAKEA FILM

    LIKE A MIGHTY WAVE: A MAUNAKEA FILM

    This short film, Like A Mighty Wave, was created by Mikey Inouye​, local boy and filmmaker who is a part of the immense talent that makes up our Mauna media team. The film captures the transformative impact that the sacrifice of our kūpuna on July 17th has had in Hawaiʻi - an impact that reverberates throughout the globe. Mahalo nui loa Mikey Inouye and the many members of the Mauna media team who helped capture this pivotal moment in history. The film was spotlighted at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival in November. Mikey is now making it available to the public as a fundraiser for HULI to help ensure that this movement remains strong at every level. The film is free and accessible to all but we ask that as you take in the emotion and beauty of the movement captured in this film, that you also make a donation through HULIʻs action network page here - https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/huli Aloha ʻāina and Kū Kiaʻi Mauna!

  • How the US Territory of Guam became an American Colony

    How the US Territory of Guam became an American Colony

    The U.S. territory of Guam has a unique history as one of the longest-running colonies in history. How did it get this way? Guam has been colonized by the Spanish, occupied by the Japanese and militarized by the Americans. But the history of its indigenous Chamorro people goes back even further.  AJ+ went to Guam to speak with indigenous Chamorro people about the island's complicated past. Watch the rest of the documentary series below: -  Part 2  More Americans from Guam serve in the U.S. military, per capita, than from any U.S. state. But they can’t even vote for president. AJ+ Producer Jun Stinson goes to Guam to speak with service members and veterans about what it's like to serve a country that doesn't allow you to vote. Then she meets up with indigenous Chamorro activists who are fed up and consider Guam to be a U.S. colony. {{15258}} . Part 3  There’s a growing movement of young people on Guam who envision a sustainable future for the island. They want to end the island's dependency on imported processed foods, which has been ongoing since World War II and has led to high rates of heart disease and diabetes. {{15259}} .  Part 4  What does it mean to be a citizen of a United States territory and also be indigenous? The Chamorro people on Guam tell us about their multifaceted — and often complicated — identity. {{15260}}

  • Otara - Defying the Odds

    Otara - Defying the Odds

    Postwar Māori, Pākehā and Pacific Island migrants made Ōtara the fastest growing area in New Zealand. But as local industries closed, it became a poster suburb for poverty and crime. This TV3 Inside New Zealand documentary sees eight successes from Ōtara telling their stories — from actor Rawiri Paretene and MP Tau Henare, to teachers and entrepreneurs. They reflect on mean streets, education, community and the Ōtara spirit. 

  • Under the Bridge | A Year Inside Papakura High School

    Under the Bridge | A Year Inside Papakura High School

    At the edge of the city and the margins of society, a school and its students are fighting back. Under The Bridge is the story of a year inside their world. Papakura East is one of the poorest suburbs in the country, with Auckland’s highest rate of welfare dependency, and where the average household income hovers just above $46,000. It also has a reputation for drugs and crime and the police are never far away.  “It feels surreal. I didn’t think I was going to make it - in my family we weren’t expected to go as far in school, and that goes to say for a lot of families in Papakura as well. You’re expected to mature faster so all you’re taught is being a mum or going to get a job. It isn’t an expectation of us to go all the way.” - Wendy Savieti, Head Girl, Papakura High School  Read the full story here: http://features.nzherald.co.nz/under-the-bridge/

  • WAISALE SEREVI: THE FIJIAN MAGICIAN

    WAISALE SEREVI: THE FIJIAN MAGICIAN

    The Fijian magician is widely considered one of, if not the greatest rugby sevens players of all time. Serevi was known as ‘The King of Sevens’ for his stunning contribution to the shortened format of the game as a player and coach. Able to turn a game on its head in the blink of an eye with a swivel of his hips, an untouchable side-step or a wonderfully weighted pass, Serevi was the heartbeat of the Fijian team, scoring 1,310 points on the World Rugby Sevens Series and a record 297 points in Rugby World Cup Sevens tournaments. A five-time Cup winner at the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens, Serevi steered Fiji to their first world series title in his first year as player-coach in 2005-06. They were also bronze medallists at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Serevi also played 38 tests for Fiji in 15s, gracing three Rugby World Cups, scoring 221 points in a stop-start career that ran from 1989-2003.

  • ONEFOUR: Australia’s First Drill Rappers

    ONEFOUR: Australia’s First Drill Rappers

    Onefour are Australia’s first drill rappers, a style born out of Chicago (Chief Keef, Lil Durk, King Louie & Chiraq Drill rappers) and the UK (Harlam Spartans, Loski, RV and more).  OneFour began tailoring their craft at Street University; a youth development project created by the Ted Noffs foundation in Mt Druitt. “It was where our rap careers started. We learnt to mix tracks and that,” Spenny14 smiles affectionately. “Shoutout to Julie. She’s a good lady. She used to look after us.” It was at Street University that OneFour came together as Australia’s first drill group. Their music is getting attention from all over the world. VICE meets Onefour in Western Sydney, to explore the neighbourhoods that they grew up in and visit the set of their music video ‘Spot The Difference’.

  • FOR MY FATHERS KINGDOM TRAILER

    FOR MY FATHERS KINGDOM TRAILER

    For My Father's Kingdom follows Tongan pensioner Saia Mafile’o and his family as they are stretched to breaking point by the commitment and passion to God that has driven Saia’s life. This debut feature documentary offers a rich view of how contemporary secular families deal with the rigours of devout Christian tithing, as well as a unique insight into traditional Tongan culture. The film will had its New Zealand premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival. It is now showing to the public in the following theatres:  AUCKLAND  Bridgeway Cinema, Auckland Capitol Cinema, Balmoral Event Cinemas, Manukau Event Cinemas, Westcity Monterey, Howick Reading, New Lynn Rialto Cinemas, OUTSIDE AUCKLAND Rialto Cinemas, Dunedin & Russell Cinema Dome, Gisborne

  • ANGIE SCARTH-JOHNSON in PACIFIC LINES

    ANGIE SCARTH-JOHNSON in PACIFIC LINES

    In the trailer to her debut film, 14 year old Angie Scarth-Johnson travels to ‘Eua – an island in the Kingdom of Tonga, with two objectives: to connect to a side of her family she previously knew little about, and to evolve her climbing career from climbing hard grades, to developing new routes. Angie sets out to explore her past, and the possibilities of route development in Tonga alongside bolting-mentor and team mate Lee Cossey. The film has had a limited screening in Australia and is set to have its preview screening here at the New Zealand Mountain Festival Opening Night on the 28th of June where it has won the Special Jury Award. {{13260}} Angie who has just turned 15 has both Tongan and Spanish heritage and now has her sights set on qualifying for the Olympics.  She shares her 'Story of Ambition' in the video above. JLL Properties  are helping six young climbers (including Angie) to make it onto the world stage. They're providing them with world-class training facilities, a superstar coach and cutting-edge technology to help them analyse their movements like never before - check out the 6 young climbers in the vid below. {{13261}}

  • UNSUNG - THE JETS

    UNSUNG - THE JETS

    Rising to success in the mid-80s, the hit teenage group The Jets put a surprising twist on the Minneapolis sound and drew inspiration from Prince. Comprised of five brothers and three sisters of Tongan descent, the group took the R&B and Pop charts by storm with hits like “Crush on You,” “You Got it All,” and “Make it Real.” With so much of their success based on their youth appeal, the band fizzled from the spotlight by their early 20s. The group’s lead singer left the group after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 21, and the other siblings gradually drifted apart. Twenty-five years later, the family members are still making music, but have split into two bands due to personal differences. Despite the split, the members are still entertaining audiences with music that initially captured their fans hearts. Watch their journey in the Unsung music documentary above. About Unsung UNSUNG celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journey have yet to be explored. This season promises memorable stories of influential artists including singer/songwriter Shirley Murdock, dance music legend Crystal Waters, R&B crooner Glenn Jones, vocalist Kenny Lattimore and contemporary gospel musician Tasha Cobbs Leonard.

  • OCEANS APART: RUPENI CAUCAUNIBUCA

    OCEANS APART: RUPENI CAUCAUNIBUCA

    One of Rugby’s most entertaining players, Rupeni Caucaunibuca was raised in Nasau Village, Bua District of Vanua Levu Island-Fiji, one of the worlds most remote and isolated villages in Fiji. Widely regarded as one of the most naturally gifted players to ever play the game, the man affectionately known as Caucau had an at times puzzling career. He shot onto the scene with the Auckland Blues in Super Rugby before tearing things up with Fiji at the Rugby World Cup, but his career was littered with misdemeanours and inconsistencies. Spells in France with Agen & then Toulouse showed glimpses of what he could do, but weight and other issues seemed to hold him back at times. With no education, and no support mechanisms to help Pacific Islanders, Rupeni was ill-equipped to deal with his meteoric rise to stardom. Now retired, Rupeni currently lives in his village with little means of income. . To help him realise his dream of starting a village business that will support him and his family, Pacific Rugby Players Welfare and Rupeni will be working with The Earth Care Agency, a local Fijian company who specialise in setting up organic, sustainable community businesses. You can help him with this by donating to his crowdfunding page here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rupenicaucau

  • SEVEN WEEKS - JOURNEY TO POLYFEST

    SEVEN WEEKS - JOURNEY TO POLYFEST

    In 2018, Radio New Zealand followed the St Paul’s College Samoan group as they sacrificed two months of their lives to compete for Polyfest glory. SEVEN WEEKS: Journey to Polyfest is a documentary about family, pride, community and culture, hard work and an honouring of history. Narrated by David Dallas 

  • THE DOME - A Leaking Toxic Timebomb

    THE DOME - A Leaking Toxic Timebomb

    Thousands of cubic metres of radioactive waste lies buried under a concrete dome on the Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the legacy of over a decade of US nuclear tests in the Pacific.  Now rising sea levels are threatening to spill its contents into the sea.

  • PACIFIC LEGENDS OF THE FIELD - Rugby & Rugby League

    PACIFIC LEGENDS OF THE FIELD - Rugby & Rugby League

    We take a look at some of the Pacific legends of the field and the extra challenges that Pacific rugby and league players have to face. What happens when the game NZ idolises most, comes to an end?

  • Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga

    Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga

    In Gangsters in Paradise - Deportees of Tonga, VICE embeds with four Tongan nationals who have been sent back to the tiny island nation where they were born after serving prison time in New Zealand and the United States. Former gang members, they often struggle to reconnect with the culture, the language, and the people. They are haunted by the stigma of their criminal pasts, which casts a pall over their employment prospects and puts a barrier between them and their compatriots. Government support for returnees is non-existent, wages are low, and with Tonga in the midst of a methamphetamine crisis, the temptations to revert to the lives of crime they hoped to leave behind when they left prison are high.

  • IT TAKES A VILLAGE

    IT TAKES A VILLAGE

    Hawaiʻi's high cost of living and unaffordable housing market is putting more and more pressure on local families. How many more people and generations can we squeeze into our homes just to be able to afford to live here? How many more of our family members have to move away before we say enough is enough? The long-term solution is that we need to push for better policies to create enough TRULY affordable housing (below 100% AMI). Unfortunately we have a homeless crisis to deal with right now and new housing programs for the homeless, like Housing First, are working well but are very limited in scale. We, as a society, are unable to provide solutions to this housing and homeless crisis right now so what do we do for our most vulnerable people who are living unsheltered every day that this problem continues?

  • 1918: SAMOA & THE TALUNE - SHIP OF DEATH

    1918: SAMOA & THE TALUNE - SHIP OF DEATH

    The relationship between New Zealand and Samoa is very complex. The pages of our histories are intertwined and blotted with black marks right next to NZ's name. On the 7th November 1918, the NZ military administration controlling Samoa, led by Col. Robert Logan, made the deadly decision to knowingly allow a ship called 'The Talune" carrying Spanish Influenza to dock in Apia Harbour.  The results were catastrophic, wiping out over a quarter of Samoas population and decimating entire families and villages in what is one of the worst cultural catastrophes in history.

  • BORN OF CONFLICT - Children of the Pacific War

    BORN OF CONFLICT - Children of the Pacific War

    Between 1942 and 1945, more than 2 million Americans went to war in the South Pacific. When World War II ended they went home leaving 100,000 dead, tons of military equipment and over 2,000 children.   This doco looks at the stories of three children left behind by American servicemen posted to the Pacific during WWII. Now in their early 70s, these children were identified through an Otago University research programme.

  • Samoa - Diabetes Epidemic

    Samoa - Diabetes Epidemic

    Type 2 Diabetes is now the leading cause of death in Samoa. It threatens to overwhelm the health system and bankrupt the country. What is Samoa doing to turn this around? Like many countries around the world, as Samoa takes on a Western lifestyle they take on Western problems. Type 2 diabetes has gone from non-existent to their biggest killer in a generation.

  • Struggling for a better Living, Squatters in Fiji

    Struggling for a better Living, Squatters in Fiji

    The Pacific Way team travel around the Country looking at squatters and poverty in Fiji. This story seeks to demystify the reason why there are so many squatters in Fiji today and analyses government efforts to reduce their numbers.

  • Chinese businesses in Samoa

    Chinese businesses in Samoa

    This documentary meets the descendants of the people that changed the face of Samoa and takes a look at the potential problems that come with the new wave of Chinese arriving in Samoa today. Despite the history, the newest wave of Chinese to arrive in Samoa has upset a lot of the locals. Taking businesses that should be set aside for Locals, skirting laws set up to prevent them from doing so and funnelling money out of the Samoan economy, are just some of the issues being voiced by Samoans.

  • History of The Chinese in Samoa

    History of The Chinese in Samoa

    The first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in Samoa in the late 19th Century. As time stretched on and the more that came (be it as free settlers or indentured labourers), they integrated into the culture, learnt the fa'asamoa, married Samoans, had Samoan families and eventually died in Samoa as Samoans. The legacy they left behind is powerful and can be seen in the culture and the people of Samoa today.

  • SAMOANA - Documentary

    SAMOANA - Documentary

    The hour-long documentary covers 3000 years of Samoa’s history. Major events highlighted in the film include the partition of Western Samoa in the nineteenth century, rule by Imperial Germany, New Zealand trusteeship and the road toward independence. Scenes in Samoana include dramatic representation of the killing of unarmed Mau supporters by New Zealand troops in 1929 , and the massive death toll of the influenza epidemic which followed the First World War. The film also illustrates key aspects of “Fa`a Samoa” - tattooing, ava (kava) ceremonies and the chiefly system.

  • Teaching the Taualuga with Filoi Vaila'au

    Teaching the Taualuga with Filoi Vaila'au

    One of most treasured heritage art forms in the Pacific is our dance – and expression of our social roles, status, our joy for life and our soul. In Samoa and Tonga one of the most revered dances is the Taualuga – the dance of life. "I wanted to start teaching Siva Samoa because I knew that, that was probably something that was lacking here in New Zealand - not everyone grows up around it" - Filoi Vaila'au 

  • Art & Kava in Urban Tonga

    Art & Kava in Urban Tonga

    This short documentary features the Seleka International Art Society Initiative (SIASI). Seleka is a group of mostly urban youth in the Kingdom of Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa who gather often, as many Tongans do, in order to ingest the land by drinking kava. They have a twist to their gatherings however with the addition of paint and a broad range of global popular music, including the less commonly heard sounds in a kava session of metal, punk, and more. Their adaptations and reflection of their contemporary identities hasn't gone without scrutiny or controversy, but despite those challenges they remain a safe and creative space for young men and women to explore and confront the taboo's of their society and culture. This footage was being saved to be part of a larger kava documentary project based in my doctoral studies, which is still another year or so away from being completed. Due to the recent devastation of Cyclone Gita last month, Seleka's fale (Tongan house) was destroyed and they have nowhere to gather. Considering the immediate needs for the group, this footage is being released now in hopes to support overseas fundraising efforts and local support to rebuild a meeting place for the Selekarian's. Mālō 'Aupito to Seleka, supporters, and to 'Inoke Hafoka for crucial feedback in the editing process of this film. Fundraising link:  https://www.youcaring.com/selekasiasitonga-1135454

  • Dancing the Taualuga with Ida & Jill

    Dancing the Taualuga with Ida & Jill

    One of most treasured heritage art forms in the Pacific is our dance – and expression of our social roles, status, our joy for life and our soul. In Samoa and Tonga one of the most revered dances is the Taualuga – the dance of life. "Taualuga is the dance of life, siva o le ola, with all your heart, ono mea, gracefulness & loto fiafia - happy heart!"