• #IslandArchive - Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii

    #IslandArchive - Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii

    Check out this awesome demonstration from this Samoan master at the Polynesian Cultural Center! Using that classic faleaitu (Samoa comedy) style of delivery, Chief Sielu shows tourists the know how and can do of creating fire- Samoa Style!

  • 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.

  • 50th Samoan Independence - Part 1

    50th Samoan Independence - Part 1

    Take a look at the history of Samoa and it's rocky road to Independence in this stunning documentary. In Part 1 of the series by Tagata Pasifika, they look at the history of the Samoa and it's people - from the German and US rule and division, to banishment of important leaders of the Mau Movement.

  • 50th Samoan Independence - Part 2

    50th Samoan Independence - Part 2

    Take a look at the history of Samoa and it's rocky road to Independence in this stunning documentary by Tagata Pasifika

  • 50th Samoan Independence - Part 3

    50th Samoan Independence - Part 3

    Take a look at the history of Samoa and it's rocky road to Independence in this stunning documentary from Tagata Pasifika.

  • 50th Samoan Independence - Part 4

    50th Samoan Independence - Part 4

    Take a look at the history of Samoa and it's rocky road to Independence in this stunning documentary from Tagata Pasifika.

  • 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! 

  • ADORN

    ADORN

    ADORN is a collection of stories from women around the Pacific about their relationship with their hair. Its a living tapestry of images of our Hair History, Rituals of our Hair and our Hair stories - a digital conversation that needs to be continued by the viewer, so please upload your hair snaps and stories on the comments feed and lets jam on our #NesianHairDontCare    

  • 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 

  • Aganu'u ma Measina a Samoa (Incl. English subtitles)

    Aganu'u ma Measina a Samoa (Incl. English subtitles)

    Check out this awesome speech from Mata'afa Elia Autagavaia during the Aganu'u ma Measina a Samoa Festival 2013 held in Apia. Explaining the do's and don'ts of how to participate in a ma'ulu'ulu, Sasa, fa'ataupati, or even playing the part of Fuataimi or perhaps singing a pese. Other cultural activities include dancing in the roles of Taupou, 'Aiuli, and most importantly, getting involved with folafola sua.

  • 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 

  • A Lifetime of Change

    A Lifetime of Change

    Check out this powerful documentary about the effects of overfishing in the Cook Islands waters. The documentary is part of the Rauti Para project carried out in the Cook Islands, based on the changes in the marine resources that Cook Islands elders have noticed within their lifetime.  To do your part, sign the petition to stop purse seine fishing because of the impacts on tuna stocks in the waters. 

  • Amazing Footage of Life in Hawaii in the 1920's

    Amazing Footage of Life in Hawaii in the 1920's

    Awesome silent video of Life in Hawaii in the 1920s! A fisherman with net casting through surf, catches mullet, fishing at night with spears and torches, Kalapana beach, black sand, boys play in surf, climb coconut trees, couple in modern bathing suits breaking coconuts, drinking coconut milk. 

  • 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}}

  • 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.

  • A reunion after 16 years - no words neccessary

    A reunion after 16 years - no words neccessary

    Keep your tissues handy for this one - a beautiful mother-daughter reunion! Airport arrivals halls see all kinds of emotions. Early in the new year, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) witnessed another special reunion when FBC TV Presenter Jacquee Speight flew to LA from Nadi, meeting her mom after 16 years, and introducing her daughter to her mother for the very first time.  Source: Fiji Airways

  • 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.

  • 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

  • A Samoan Chief's farewell

    A Samoan Chief's farewell

    Luatua Fetalaiga of Lotoso'a Saleimoa Samoa A beautiful tribute to Luatua Fetalaiga. These are the funeral highlights from the Village of Lotoso'a Sale'imoa, Samoa.

  • Atittude in Samoa-Part 2

    Atittude in Samoa-Part 2

    Samoa, an island paradise, but even paradise has its problems. Attitude go off the tourist trail and ask is enough being done for people living with a disability?  Watch part 1 and 3 for the whole story.

  • Attitude in Samoa-Part 1

    Attitude in Samoa-Part 1

    Samoa, an island paradise, but even paradise has its problems. Attitude go off the tourist trail and ask is enough being done for people living with a disability? Watch part 2 and 3 for the whole story. Video Courtesy of Attitude Live

  • Attitude in Samoa-Part 3

    Attitude in Samoa-Part 3

    Samoa, an island paradise, but even paradise has its problems. Attitude go off the tourist trail and ask is enough being done for people living with a disability?  Watch part 2 and 3 for the whole story.

  • Auckland Fa'a Samoa: A Story of Samoans in the City 1982

    Auckland Fa'a Samoa: A Story of Samoans in the City 1982

    {{11443}} Life in Auckland for Pacific Islanders in the 1980s was hugely different from today, take a look back at the era of a brown inner city, late night shopping KRoad, and tail end of the infamous dawn raids.

  • 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.

  • BOO YAA T.R.I.B.E Documentary

    BOO YAA T.R.I.B.E Documentary

    A short documentary on the Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E - Samoan brothers who grew up in Carson, California and are celebrated as the pioneers of Samoan & Poly Hip Hop. They've collaborated with many hip hop & rock artists including Eminem, Mack 10 & The Transplants. Behind the scenes with Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E on the set of 'Another Body Murdered' with Faith No More and an interview with Ted Devoux aka 'The godfather'. {{8918}} Check out this video of them when they first started out as a dance group the 'Blue City Strutters' where they're featured in the 'Breakin n Enterin, West Coast Hip Hop Doc' 

  • 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.

  • Buckwheat and I - Documentary

    Buckwheat and I - Documentary

    Check out this awesome doco made by Western Springs College student - Thomas Rands A look into the life of one of the most prominent performers in NZ today - Edward Cowley.

  • Cannibals of the South Seas (1920)

    Cannibals of the South Seas (1920)

    Check out this amazing archive footage of the Tomman Island - showing life on the small island in Vanuatu! Customs of the inhabitants of Tomman Island in the 1920s, probably extracted from Martin Johnson's film Among The Cannibal Isles of the South Pacific (1918) - including the practice of head binding thought to make the brain 'go further'

  • Canning Paradise Documentary

    Canning Paradise Documentary

    Decades of overfishing by the global tuna industry have now pushed the final frontiers to the waters of Papua New Guinea. In the 1950's, the world was fishing out 400 000 tons of tuna. This number is now close to 4 million. And it comes at a high cost. A human cost, now affecting the last places on earth uncovering the full impact of globalisation.  Set in "the land of the unexpected," in the North-Eastern part of Papua New Guinea, this film follows the struggle of indigenous tribes to protect their way of life, guarded by traditions dating back thousands of years. Many have lost hope, others are fighting for survival from their own corrupt government. They see their ancestral land taken away to make way for multinational corporations, in their quest to create the new tuna capital of the world. They see the Madang lagoon, one of the most biodiverse places in the world, destroyed to implement in the first Special Economic Zone of the country (SEZ). The question remains: is this type of development in the Pacific bringing prosperity or poverty? To find out more, check out www.canningparadise.com or follow them on Facebook 

  • 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.

  • Christmas Day on Mauke in the Cook Islands

    Christmas Day on Mauke in the Cook Islands

    The people of Mauke have a holiday tradition that is different than any of the other islands in the Cooks. Every Christmas and New Years one of the two villages on the island hosts the other with a feast. The food is laid out at different houses throughout the host village. The guest village then goes from house to house singing traditional songs. Christmas Day starts with a church service and then everyone starts making the rounds singing and feasting. This starts around 1:00 PM and goes on until well after dark. Then, on New Years Day, the villages switch roles and the ones that sang host the other village and they do the singing.

  • Clothing the Pacific: Part 1

    Clothing the Pacific: Part 1

    From the Aloha Shirt to the Hula skirt and everything in between! In part 1 of this 2 part series we learn about the history of body adornment in the Pacific, from the importance of Tatau to the use of weaving and Tapa cloth and how the arrival of European missionaries changed Pacific perspectives forever. Discover more about the History of the Pacific on our virtual 3D timeline 

  • Clothing the Pacific: Part 2

    Clothing the Pacific: Part 2

    From the Aloha Shirt to the Hula skirt and everything in between! Part 2 of this in-depth documentary looks beyond the coconut bra’s and grass skits and to the future of Pacific body adornment –with the development of a unique Poly style and a vibrant Pacific Fashion industry.

  • Common Kings #WEONTOUR by Hagoth Aiono

    Common Kings #WEONTOUR by Hagoth Aiono

    In this Musicmentary, Samoan film-maker and Creative Native Hagoth Aiono takes you on tour with the Common Kings. Featuring the tracks 1. She's A Professional 2. Fall In Love 3. In The Mirror 4. IDGAF (Clean) 5. The Light.

  • COOK ISLANDS TRADITIONAL FOOD FOR SURVIVAL

    COOK ISLANDS TRADITIONAL FOOD FOR SURVIVAL

    Mama Teura Tuakanangaro from the island of Mauke, shares many of the traditional foods & recipes that they would make in the Cook Islands in preparation to survive Cyclone Season. These foods were also prepared by our Pacific Island ancestors when they would go on long ocean voyages.

  • 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!"

  • Danny Shelton - from family tragedy to the NFL

    Danny Shelton - from family tragedy to the NFL

    Check out how the Samoan/Peruvian NFL player overcame the death of his brother to rise to one of the top of the game.  University of Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton overcame a family tragedy when his older brother, Shennon, was shot and killed after going to the aid of another brother breaking up a street fight in Auburn. Vid courtesy of FOX Sports.

  • 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.

  • Don't Touch My Hair Stories

    Don't Touch My Hair Stories

    For Island women, we know the struggles and joys that come with our hair. Here are a few stories from our Pasifika sisters on all things HAIR! The third and final segment from Coconet Documentary "Adorn"  ADORN is a collection of stories from women around the Pacific about their relationship with their hair. 

  • DRAGONS IN PARADISE

    DRAGONS IN PARADISE

    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. 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. This documentary delves in to the past, 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. This is Dragons In Paradise.