• The Knockouts: Evile Jireh Sisifo-Laloata sings Higher Love by Kygo Ft. Whitney Houston

    The Knockouts: Evile Jireh Sisifo-Laloata sings Higher Love by Kygo Ft. Whitney Houston

    Evile leaves everything on the stage, as he performs with a backing choir in this stunning Knockout performance. Unfortunately he was cut from Team Jess in the new 'The Voice AU Knockouts' format. Evile made it through to the Knockouts after beating fellow contestant Pete Murphy singing "Shallow" in the Cut battle. Check out the snippet Evile shared here -  {{25588}}

  • Evile Laloata sings "Fix You" by Coldplay for The Voice AU Blind Auditions

    Evile Laloata sings "Fix You" by Coldplay for The Voice AU Blind Auditions

    Not one but TWO Blocks were played for this mind-blowing singer. Check out why Samoan singer Evile Jireh Sisifo-Laloata created so much chaos with his spellbinding Audition on The Voice Australia.

  • Matua Ma Talavou | Keepin It Fresh

    Matua Ma Talavou | Keepin It Fresh

    Elders and Youth unite to build intergenerational connectivity. We keep it Fresh straight from the Matua ma Talavou Red Carpet Event. Where they celebrated one year of the Matua ma Talavou programme, bringing together youth and old folk from the Pacific community. The programme aims to build intergenerational relationships where young people can serve their elders with their bright energy and return their elders can teach them some gems of wisdom they've gained in their long journeys. This wonderful event was an initiative by The Village Collective  Keepin It Fresh brings you all the freshness happening in our Moana communities, from Siva Afi Festivals to Pacific Cabarets.

  • Fever: Pacific Cabaret | Keepin It Fresh

    Fever: Pacific Cabaret | Keepin It Fresh

    We keep it Fresh live from FEVER!!! Category is: Fine-extravaganza-hold-onto-your-manz-aaah! Purrr... The savage stomps and luscious sways of Fine Fatale will delve into your deepest fantasies and wildest dreams to bring to life a ‘D for Divine’ cabaret. Hosted by the soulful roars of the trilling trio The Taka Tu Wops!

  • Rock Hall Inductees Pearl Jam performs "Better Man" & Eddie Veder thanks Hawaiian Keyboardist Boom Gaspar

    Rock Hall Inductees Pearl Jam performs "Better Man" & Eddie Veder thanks Hawaiian Keyboardist Boom Gaspar

    When rock stars Pearl Jam were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, lead singer Eddie Veder paid tribute to the groups 1st and only keyboard/organ player - native Hawaiian, Kenneth "Boom" Gaspar. Unfortunately Boom wasn't inducted with the group as he'd only been with Pearl Jam for 17 years and inductee criteria is minimum 25 years. Check out Eddies tribute to Boom and the groups performance of "Better Man" here. NB:  When he's introduced, the crowd all chants "Booooooooooom" which is a Pearl Jam tradition, they're not booing him. . Boom is also a member of the Hawaiian all-star collective band 'Mana Maoli' - he gives a short interview with them below  {{21488}}

  • Stuck on You - Johnny Tuivasa -Sheck with Jesse Elliott & Phoenix Puleanga

    Stuck on You - Johnny Tuivasa -Sheck with Jesse Elliott & Phoenix Puleanga

    Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck shows off his dance skills with this performance choreographed by Prestige Dance Crew's Jesse Elliott. He's joined by Jesse & Phoenix Puleanga 

  • Behind the Scenes - Wild Dogs Under My Skirt audio recording

    Behind the Scenes - Wild Dogs Under My Skirt audio recording

    Behind the scenes making of the audio drama of "Wild Dogs Under My Skirt" Steaming pig and McDonald’s value meals. Palagi (white) boys and ruthless, authoritarian aunties. Jesus and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Hardcore Fa’a Samoa versus new New Zealand ways. Breathing provocative new life into the play’s examination and celebration of what it is to be a Samoan woman, Anapela Polata’ivao’s commanding direction introduces nuance, power and dramatic sophistication into Tusiata Avia’s deeply personal view of Pacific Island life and its sometimes uneasy collisions with New Zealand. In the wake of this unending colonial earthquake, six Samoan characters make their lives between two cultures: playing, gossiping, enduring, enforcing the patriarchal status quo and carving out powerful new identities. Vivid, passionate, and compelling, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt is also flush with humour and pure entertainment. “…moved me to tears of laughter and tears of sadness and even tears of fury…” - Radio New Zealand Live stage show of Wild Dogs Under My Skirt is touring to the South Island in 2021. See tourmakers.co.nz for more details. . Written by Tusiata Avia Directed by Anapela Polata'ivao

  • Amui : Maeva - Eurovision France

    Amui : Maeva - Eurovision France

    Tahitian pop trio 'Amui' - Eva Ariitai, Ken Carlter and Vaheana Fernandez - entered the 'Eurovision France' competition at the beginning of the year with Ken's original Tahitian language song 'Maeva' They entered with over 700 applicants and made the Top 12 finals finishing 6th overall but 3rd with the public vote. Check out their Eurovision performance above.

  • Liahona And Ammon Are Brother & Sister But Audition Separately - American Idol 2021

    Liahona And Ammon Are Brother & Sister But Audition Separately - American Idol 2021

    From living in a tent with their entire family to auditioning for American Idol with an original song in front of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan! Native Hawaiian siblings Liahona and Ammon WOW the judges with their singing and their songwriting! Luke calls their audition “absolute magic,” while Katy goes as far as to say they should both be signed right now! Will Liahona and Ammon’s sibling rivalry stay friendly? . Check out their performance at the Youth Music Festival below - 

  • Ipu Laga’aia steals the show at the Gala Concert in the Presence of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

    Ipu Laga’aia steals the show at the Gala Concert in the Presence of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

    A gala concert at Auckland's Aotea Centre theatre, to celebrate its renaming after Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, held a surprise visit for the opera singer. During the Wednesday night concert, video messages from some of Dame Kiri's former students were played – but one of them, Ipu Laga'aia, was secretly waiting to perform for Dame Kiri backstage. Laga'aia emerged from the wings of the stage with a guitar in hand, to sing the spanish song Granada for Dame Kiri, who responded by performing a flamenco style dance. Check out his stunning performance above and read more here 

  • ONE LOVE 2021 FESTIVAL LIVE STREAM - SUNDAY (DAY TWO)

    ONE LOVE 2021 FESTIVAL LIVE STREAM - SUNDAY (DAY TWO)

    For live act times, see below. . BECAUSE 2020 IS BEEN A SUPER HARD YEAR FOR EVERYONE AROUND THE WORLD.. PATO ENT IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE ONE LOVE 2021 (SOLD OUT) 📺 LIVE STREAM 📺 FREE TO THE WORLD . Stoked to announce One Love will be streaming live this weekend for 90% of the acts. . Catch the action and incredible performances live and free!! . For more information about one love head to https://www.onelovefestival.co.nz/​ . For more information on Pato Entertainment head to https://www.patoentertainment.co.nz/​ . 12.00pm • Lomez Brown  12.40pm • Ardijah 1.45pm • The Black Seeds  2.30pm • Chad Chambers 2.50pm • Katchafire 3.35pm • Victor J Sefo  3.55pm • Dave Dobbyn  4.35pm • Swiss 4.55pm • Sammy J  5.40pm • Maimoa 6.00pm • Sons of Zion  7.15pm • Fat Freddy's Drop   . ** For contractual reasons, Pato is unable to Stream L.A.B ** 

  • Samoan 17-Year-Old uses his TALENT in The Voice to give his family A BETTER LIFE - The Voice Australia

    Samoan 17-Year-Old uses his TALENT in The Voice to give his family A BETTER LIFE - The Voice Australia

    Young New Zealand born Samoan, Hoseah Partsch was the runner-up in the sixth series of The Voice Australia in 2017.  He was only 17 years old at the time.   Check out his incredible journey from the 'Blind Auditions' to the 'Grand Final'! . 🔻SONG LIST - Blind Audition: ‘Almost Is Never Enough’ by Ariana Grande - Knockout: 'Man In The Mirror' by Michael Jackson - Battle: 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Simon and Garfunkel - Live: 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word' by Elton John - Live: 'Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)' by Rozalla - Live: 'I Wish' by Stevie Wonder - Live: 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' by Whitney Houston - Semi-Final: 'Is This Love' by Bob Marley - Final: 'All of Me' by John Legend - Final: 'What A Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong

  • SIVA LAIA I Siva Samoa - Falealili Uma

    SIVA LAIA I Siva Samoa - Falealili Uma

    Beautiful Siva Samoa performance by the Faaosofia sisters to an oldie but goodie Samoan song - Falealili Uma 

  • Samoan soldier in the US Paul Ieti's emotional Performance of "Stay" by Rihanna - America's Got Talent

    Samoan soldier in the US Paul Ieti's emotional Performance of "Stay" by Rihanna - America's Got Talent

    Paul Ieti, a shy American serviceman who demonstrates his amazing singing voice for the Los Angeles crowd. Paul is a big, muscular soldier, but his singing voice is astonishingly smooth and gentle, and the contrast is remarkable. The crowd loves Paul's performance, and all four judges give the serviceman a standing ovation. In fact, three of the four judges step on stage to give Paul a hug. Four emphatic "Yes" votes from the judges send Paul to the next round.

  • LA'U LUMANA'I (My Future) - Aue Dance Lab

    LA'U LUMANA'I (My Future) - Aue Dance Lab

    Over the last two weekends Aue Dance Co, held 4 shows of LA'U LUMANA'I (My Future) at Te Oro in Glen Innes performed by the students in their Aue Dance Lab. {{20266}} AUĒ Dance Lab was established this year to create energetic learning spaces for our Auckland community to learn various Pasifika dance styles. They teach Cook Islands Ura, Samoan Siva (Female & Male) and their authentic unique AUĒ style of Pacific Contemporary dance.  {{20276}} Through Pasifika dance, music, poetry and costuming the Dance Lab embraced traditional Pasifika arts from the past and explored what Pasifika arts will look and sound like in the future in their LA'U LUMANA'I showcase. {{20271}} The show featured their AUĒ Dance Lab classes with a cast of up to 115 performers - URA TANE (Cook Islands Male Class), URA VAINE (Cook Islands Female Class), 'AKAMATA (Pacific Contemporary Dance Class), GALUSINA (Siva Samoan Mixed Class) and their Cook Islands Dance Collective, MANA. {{20281}} Choreography was by Vivian Hosking-Aue, Kiana Maruaao, Peter Lagaaia, Numela Taavao, Jaroncye Lole and Robert Sanele. If you're interested in joining an Aue Dance Lab check out their website here or follow them on their Facebook page here. {{20286}}

  • Lighthouse Dance Crew - The Outliers

    Lighthouse Dance Crew - The Outliers

    The Lighthouse is a dance crew from Ōtara who are a part of the underground Krump movement. The Outliers is a gritty, unapologetic look at youth from minority backgrounds in New Zealand.  From great adversity comes great strength, so the aim of The Outliers is to search out youth who are the standout, the anomaly or the outlier in their community and in New Zealand. The Outliers meets inspirational youth while also exploring the source of most minority success - the community where they come from! . Produced by Fire Fire for Māori Television | Made with the support of NZ On Air

  • Virtual Concert by Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts

    Virtual Concert by Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts

    Matavai Pacific Cultural Art's first ever virtual concert was put together for their online students around the world as a token of their appreciation. It features cultural performances from various Pacific Islands taught throughout their Term 3 session, performed by the Matavai Show-group dancers. Filmed in some of the most picturesque locations on Aboriginal Dharawal and Yuin country, take a look into what learning at Matavai online or in-studio looks like! You can enrol at https://matavai.com.au

  • Three Star Nation: Full Performance

    Three Star Nation: Full Performance

    The Three Star Nation project was created to pay homage to past composers from the Village of Fineone Hakupu-Atua in Niue. In this series, you will indulge in a serving of authentic Niue Song & Dance, promoting intergenerational learning and the preservation of Vagahau Niue through the Performing Arts. This talented community ensemble is a make-up of Hakupu descendants from all parts of Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin & Niue. Music & Choreography by the Hakupu Youth NZ Creative Arts Team: Creative Director Leki Jackson-Bourke, Assistant Director Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson, Joanna Mika-Toloa, Petmal Petelo Lam, Candy Tusini-Rex, Mone Lakatani, Melissa Jackson Ravai, Mara Tohilima, Monet Ikinepule Etuata & Topui Talagi Ikiua. This full performance contains elements of Niuean cultural performances - Sipaio, Takalo, Vaka Paopao & Lologo Tapu.

  • Three Star Nation: Lologo Tapu “Kia Kalaga”

    Three Star Nation: Lologo Tapu “Kia Kalaga”

    The Three Star Nation project was created to pay homage to past composers from the Village of Fineone Hakupu-Atua in Niue. In this series, you will indulge in a serving of authentic Niue Song & Dance, promoting intergenerational learning and the preservation of Vagahau Niue through the Performing Arts.  This talented community ensemble is a make-up of Hakupu descendants from all parts of Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin & Niue. Music & Choreography by the Hakupu Youth NZ Creative Arts Team: Creative Director Leki Jackson-Bourke, Assistant Director Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson,  Joanna Mika-Toloa, Petmal Petelo Lam, Candy Tusini-Rex, Mone Lakatani, Melissa Jackson Ravai, Mara Tohilima, Monet Ikinepule Etuata & Topui Talagi Ikiua. The Lologo Tapu is a Niue style hymn where lyrics and tunes are intricately woven to praise God. This Lologo Tapu originated from Ekalesia Fineone Hakupu-Atua. The song was brought over and taught to the Hakupu Auckland Choir by Ikinepule Etuata. Ikinepule was a master composer of the village who composed and taught many Lologo Tapu during his time.  . Lologo Tapu “Kia Kalaga” Ekalesia Kerisiano, Fineone Hakupu Atua, Niue Ikinepule Etuata Learn the words here - . Kia kalaga, e tau tagata tututonu Ti fanogonogo ai a Iehova Iehova Kua laveaki foki e ia a lautolu Mai ia lautolu mai he matematekelea oti a lautolu Kua fakamoui (kua fakamoui) Foki e ia (foki e ia) A lautolu, a lautolu kua loto pehia Ne loga e tau mena kelea ne hoko Ne hoko kehe tagata, tagata tututonu Kae laveaki e ia, e Iehova ma e tau mena oti Kae laveaki e ia, e Iehova ma e tau mena oti To leoleo e ia, haana tau motu oti kana motu fatifati Laveaki Iehova, hana fekafekau Ti nakai fakahala Foki taha ia lautolu, lautolu kua tua kia ia Lautolu lautolu kua tua kia ia x2 To laveaki e Iehova (e Iehova) E tau agaaga (e tau agaaga) Fekafekau! Ti nakai fakahala A lautolu Foki taha ia lautolu, kua tua kia ia Lautolu kua tua kia ia

  • Three Star Nation: Tā Mē “Vaka Paopao”

    Three Star Nation: Tā Mē “Vaka Paopao”

    The Three Star Nation project was created to pay homage to past composers from the Village of Fineone Hakupu-Atua in Niue. In this series, you will indulge in a serving of authentic Niue Song & Dance, promoting intergenerational learning and the preservation of Vagahau Niue through the Performing Arts.  This talented community ensemble is a make-up of Hakupu descendants from all parts of Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin & Niue. Music & Choreography by the Hakupu Youth NZ Creative Arts Team: Creative Director Leki Jackson-Bourke, Assistant Director Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson,  Joanna Mika-Toloa, Petmal Petelo Lam, Candy Tusini-Rex, Mone Lakatani, Melissa Jackson Ravai, Mara Tohilima, Monet Ikinepule Etuata & Topui Talagi Ikiua. “Vaka Paopao” was composed in 1992 by Hanofu Ikiua who was the Takitaki Maaga (Village Leader) for V3 Hakupu Atua at PIC Newton Church in Auckland at that time. The composer uses metaphorical references and the symbolism of the Niue “Vaka” to speak about the light of Christianity and the arrival of missionaries.  . “VAKA PAOPAO”  Hanofu Ikiua, 1992, Auckland New Zealand  Learn the words -  . VERSE ONE:  Fakatulou, Fakatulou, monu monu monu x2  Ko e mahina kua maama mai  Kua tu fakatupou he tuloto po  Tau manamanatuaga, kua fakaligoa moe fakaatukehe  Ko e matagi, ko e matagi,  Kua agi hauhau mai, manamanatu, moe momoko e loto  Ha ko e fakalofa he tau tupuna i tuai e!  . CHORUS:  Oi talala ka ono atu la (kitia nakai)  Oi talala ko e vaka paopao (kua hake mai ai)  Ko e peau, peau tolotua kua mui mai ai  (Oi auoi) ko e vaka paopao x2  Kua kalipa mai he tua peau e!  . VERSE TWO:  Oi auoi, ko e vaka paopao  Tahake mai ai, maama ki uta  Ko e kupu, kupu he Atua  Ko e vala vai momoko  Ke fakahauhau aki  E tau loto vale  Tau loto vale tau toa i tuai e!

  • Three Star Nation: Takalo - “Ko Mautolu Nei”

    Three Star Nation: Takalo - “Ko Mautolu Nei”

    The Three Star Nation project was created to pay homage to past composers from the Village of Fineone Hakupu-Atua in Niue. In this series, you will indulge in a serving of authentic Niue Song & Dance, promoting intergenerational learning and the preservation of Vagahau Niue through the Performing Arts.  This talented community ensemble is a make-up of Hakupu descendants from all parts of Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin & Niue. Music & Choreography by the Hakupu Youth NZ Creative Arts Team: Creative Director Leki Jackson-Bourke, Assistant Director Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson,  Joanna Mika-Toloa, Petmal Petelo Lam, Candy Tusini-Rex, Mone Lakatani, Melissa Jackson Ravai, Mara Tohilima, Monet Ikinepule Etuata & Topui Talagi Ikiua. The Takalo is a Niue style war dance performed by Males. This particular Takalo was composed by Macmillian Etuata in 1964 for the Hakupu Men’s Rugby Team tour to Rarotonga. The composer uses descriptive lyrics to intimidate the opposing team:  “Ko mautolu nei ko e tau tagata kai tagata” - which literally translates as, “we are the people who eat other people!”  . TAKALO “KO MAUTOLU NEI”  Macmillian Etuata, 1964, Fineone Hakupu-Atua, Niue.  Learn the words - . Ko mautolu nei ko e tau tagata  Kai tagata, kai tagata  To moua e au a koe mogonei  Ti he he he!  Ti he he he!  . Lulululu ki Toga  Lulululu ki Tokelau  Ko e tākeleaga he Atua fitikilā  Hi ti, hi ti!  Ko e tākeleaga he Atua fitikilā  Hi ti, hi ti!  Tuiiaaaa!

  • Three Star Nation: Tā Mē “Sipaio”

    Three Star Nation: Tā Mē “Sipaio”

    The Three Star Nation project was created to pay homage to past composers from the Village of Fineone Hakupu-Atua in Niue. In this series, you will indulge in a serving of authentic Niue Song & Dance, promoting intergenerational learning and the preservation of Vagahau Niue through the Performing Arts.  This talented community ensemble is a make-up of Hakupu descendants from all parts of Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin & Niue. Music & Choreography by the Hakupu Youth NZ Creative Arts Team: Creative Director Leki Jackson-Bourke, Assistant Director Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson,  Joanna Mika-Toloa, Petmal Petelo Lam, Candy Tusini-Rex, Mone Lakatani, Melissa Jackson Ravai, Mara Tohilima, Monet Ikinepule Etuata & Topui Talagi Ikiua. This is a Tā Mē / action song written and composed by Salekiu Tusini in 1981. The Tā Mē is usually performed by male and female performers and actions are generally choreographed to match the words of the song. This Tā Mē is a song of bliss and celebration: Sipaio - a joyful shout!  . “SIPAIO”  Salekiu Tusini, 1981  Learn the words - . VERSE ONE:  Sipaio ko e leo fiafia ha Niue vaha i tuai  Fakatipa e tau lima  Luelue ulu  Talulu talulu e tau hui (iiiiii)  Si………...paioooooooo x3  Sipaio ko e leo fiafia  . VERSE TWO:  Ko e fetu moe mahina kua kikila fuluola mai luga he lagi tokanoa Tau manogi kehekehe kua maomia ai  e taone fuluola ko Okalana (aaaaah)  Si………...paioooooooo x3  Sipaio ko e leo fiafia  . VERSE THREE:  Sipaio kehe tau Niue ne nonofo i Niu Sila nei  Ka fiafia ofo ti manatu e lilifu haau  haaku ha taua (aaaaah)  Si………...paioooooooo x3  Sipaio ko e leo fiafia

  • KUINI | Lyncia Muller - Boosted Campaign Video

    KUINI | Lyncia Muller - Boosted Campaign Video

    KUINI ‘A tribute to Her Majesty Queen Sālote Tupou III’ is a full length Tongan dance show, dedicated to the Queen of the Kingdom of Tonga's hearts. Being heavily inspired by her poetry and songs, this project will be Lyncia Muller’s first full length dance piece that showcases how the late Queen Sālote has influenced the majority of Lyncia’s work and how Queen Sālote has paved the way for Tongan art. She says of the project - "With your support, I will be given the time and energy to execute KUINI to a high standard. With the goal of $10,000, these funds will cover production costs, pay performers, cultural advisors, costume designers and visual artists. Supporting KUINI means you’re supporting Tongan art, creating a platform to inspire and encourage other Tongan & Pasifika artists to continue to share stories of the heroes that came before them. Your financial support allows a wider audience to be educated about the importance of Queen Sālote to Tongan people, and how she encouraged the arts in ways that made singing and dancing a preserved part of Tongan culture" You can donate to her boosted campaign here

  • Saintz Dance Academy presents: PRODIGIES X VANQUI$H

    Saintz Dance Academy presents: PRODIGIES X VANQUI$H

    SAINTZ DANCE ACADEMY PRESENTS ... Adult Crews PRODIGIES & VANQUI$H bringing you the first of their CREW video series.

  • ON THE RISE - AMBA HOLLY

    ON THE RISE - AMBA HOLLY

    Amba Te Ngoungou a.k.a. Amba Holly is a Wellington based Māori musician with a background in kapa haka. She is a proud mama and speaker of Te Reo and she's On The Rise!

  • Hereiti Choreography | TAKEAU SAMUEL | Te Kapua’anga

    Hereiti Choreography | TAKEAU SAMUEL | Te Kapua’anga

    Cook Islands choreographer Hereiti Makitea'a showcases 'kapua'anga' or creation through dance, song and beats.   These different elements create a beautiful story when performed by dancer Keana Teina. This Cook Island traditional Pe’e was written by the Late Takeau Samuel. He tells the story of how the world was created through trial and tribulation. The Cook Island drum beat was composed by the talented Jarome Pare.

  • Hereiti Choreography | AMANDA KAIARUNA | A'ua'u Taku Ipukarea

    Hereiti Choreography | AMANDA KAIARUNA | A'ua'u Taku Ipukarea

    Au’au Enua Ivirua | Oneroa | Tamarua The villages that stand on the Southern Island of Mangaia Although I’ve never been before I will always long to see where my parents lived before migrating to New Zealand. How they lived, what they ate and how they struggled to make sure their families after them would have a better life.

  • Pacific Dance NZ Launch: The Transform Series

    Pacific Dance NZ Launch: The Transform Series

    2020 celebrates the 10th anniversary of PDNZ, who had confirmed a calendar of live events to mark the milestone, including their annual June festival which has now been postponed to 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the changes, the team have moved into the digital space to create original content, responding to audience desire to see more work focused on retaining cultural heritage and tradition.

  • Hereiti Choreography| KI BEATS | Imene Tatarahapa

    Hereiti Choreography| KI BEATS | Imene Tatarahapa

    A classic Tahitian song made famous by Te Ava Piti, Imene Tatarahapa is a beautiful song about our connection to the Atua. "My interpretation of this piece was to speak spirituality through simplicity and movement. As the words speak about repentance and forgiveness I wanted to reveal a small part of my life and the coming of a new one." - Choreographer & Dancer Hereiti Makiteiaa

  • Keepin it Fresh - NZ Polynesian Showcase in New York

    Keepin it Fresh - NZ Polynesian Showcase in New York

    This NZ Showcase in New York features a bunch of our talented Pacific stage artists in the world famous Soho Playhouse - in New York City! Featuring actress Ana Scotney, the Modern Māori Quartet and the cast of Wild Dogs Under My Skirt - see our Pacific stories told on the world stage!

  • Keeping it Fresh - Odd Daphne

    Keeping it Fresh - Odd Daphne

    Fresh takes a look at this awesome Pacific piece of theatre - Odd Daphne. It's a story about love, family and mental health. Watch these awesome young Polys tell their story in their beautiful way.

  • Keeping it Fresh - Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts: Love Is Bigger Than Cancer

    Keeping it Fresh - Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts: Love Is Bigger Than Cancer

    Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts is a group dedicated to the revival and preservation of the Pacific Arts. They put on an event called 'Love Is Bigger Than Cancer' which not only showcased many Pacific artforms, but also spread awareness about cancer in the Pacific and raised funds for the Samoa Cancer Society and the Tonga Breast Cancer Society. See how these beautiful Pacific people Keep It Fresh!!

  • BROWN GIRL WOKE

    BROWN GIRL WOKE

    'Brown Girl Woke' is an organisation that empowers young Pacific Islanders using Performance Art to speak about taboo issues. These young, local, performing artists from Samoa in the Brown Girl Woke movement get ready to perform at Tatau Fest in Samoa! Check out some of the amazing new singers on the rise in the Pacific.

  • UPU: Inside the Rehearsal Room

    UPU: Inside the Rehearsal Room

    "It has a way of weaving into your soul." Check out the UPU aiga as they breathe life into poetry from around Oceania in the rehearsal room. Curated by award-winning poet Grace Taylor and led by powerhouse director Fasitua Amosa, UPU gives the stage to Oceania’s most electrifying poetry. Ben Brown, Karlo Mila, Albert Wendt and more: UPU celebrates our Oceanic trailblazers, the icons and the new writers transforming Aotearoa today. {{16562}} We spoke to UPU curator Grace Taylor -  Why is Pacific spoken word unique? UPU isn't a spoken word poetry show in the way we know it in the current contemporary sense (of which i have been very involved in). Rather UPU is the performance by an established cast of published and well loved/klknown Pasifika and Maori writers. {{16568}} Why did you want to explore this form of storytelling? UPU utlises all the technical elements of theatre to bring these poems to life. Knowing that the oral storytelling is not new within our ocean, and UPU provides an offering of an evolved dynamic oratory storytelling by our people.  {{16570}} What are the stories of UPU? All the poems were selected based on key theses we pulled from legadary essays by Tongan scholar Epeli Hau'ofa OUR SEA OF ISLANDS and Albert Wendt's TOWARDS A NEW OCEANIA. {{16564}} Who is the cast this time around? Mia Blake Ana Corbett Nicola Kawana Nathaniel Lees Shadon Meredith Jarod Rawiri Gaby Solomona {{16566}} UPU opens tomorrow night click here to buy tickets UPU / 5–15 March / Q Theatre – Rangatira Co-produced by Silo Theatre and Auckland Arts Festival Book Now at qtheatre.co.nz

  • SIENNA LALAU - CHOREOGRAPHER & DANCER 'ON' by BTS

    SIENNA LALAU - CHOREOGRAPHER & DANCER 'ON' by BTS

    Meet 19 year old Samoan choreographer Sienna Lalau who has choreographed K-Pop Superstars BTS' music video 'ON' and also dances in it.   The video has already racked up over 70 million views after it premiered 3 days ago.   She's just recently come off a 2 month tour with Jennifer Lopez and also choreographed for The Lab teams Hip Hop International Mega Crew Division. {{16453}} Excerpt below from an interview with DANCE magazine - click here to read the full interviw  "I started dancing when I was 3 or 4 years old, and started choreographing when I was 10. When I began to create moves to different songs, it felt so good, and I loved watching other people get to vibe out and feel good. When I first moved to L.A. from Hawaii at age 16, my mom and I were struggling to pay our rent, even to pay for groceries. My directors at The Lab were like, "Don't worry. Your time's coming." A couple of months later, I had a video that went viral (below) and my directors kept pushing for me to do so many things to build my portfolio. From there, I started traveling, and then teaching the kids at The Lab for "World of Dance" and going on to work with different music artists"  {{16454}} Sienna first got to work with BTS after she submitted choreography for their song 'Dionysus' - they loved it so much that they used it for their comeback special and also on their recent tour.   She said it was the first time a K Pop group had used her entire choreography as others she'd worked with had just used some of her choreography and incorporated it with others. {{16458}} Follow Sienna & her dance family The Lab here -   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sienna.lalau/?hl=en The Lab: https://the-lab-creative-arts-studio.myshopify.com/collections/back-to-school-2019

  • PARRIS GOEBEL - HYPEBAE INTERVIEW

    PARRIS GOEBEL - HYPEBAE INTERVIEW

    Skilled dancers are plentiful, but only a few, like Parris Goebel, are true visionaries who have the innate ability to turn movements into art and pure emotion. A choreographer with an unmatched talent for translating rhythm and melodies into visual spectacles, the New Zealand-born dance royalty has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Jennifer Lopez on her first world tour in 2012, Justin Bieber on his viral “Sorry” music video, and more recently, Rihanna on her game-changing Savage X Fenty show. Determined to pursue a career in dance, Goebel dropped out of school when she was 15 years old and, not long after, formed the hip-hop dance group ReQuest with four of her friends. “I feel like I was in a limbo for a long time. I was just like, ‘how do I do this? what are the steps?” she reflected during our interview. “And then that’s when YouTube came around. In hindsight, it saved me. It was a platform for me to express myself.” The ambitious, self-taught dancer would go on to open her own studio, The Palace Dance Studio, in 2009. In addition to ReQuest, the studio has birthed some of the top dance crews in the game, including multi-time World Hip-Hop Dance Champion The Royal Family. A full-circle moment for Goebel, she’s tapped by J. Lo to choreograph her Super Bowl halftime show routine, with members of The Royal Family taking the stage in Miami. Ahead of the highly anticipated performance, HYPEBAE sat down with the artist to discuss her creative process and her deep passion for dance. Read the full feature on hypebae.com: https://hypb.st/dmv7w

  • TAIMANE - WICKED GAME

    TAIMANE - WICKED GAME

    Ukulele Queen Taimane performs this beautiful ukulele rendition of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game with guitarist Jasmine Skurtu. Check out the full hi Session here 

  • The Tonga Family's Performance of "The Middle" Left David Dobrik SHOOK

    The Tonga Family's Performance of "The Middle" Left David Dobrik SHOOK

    The Tonga Family give a sweet shout-out to David Dobrik while performing Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey's hit single "The Middle"! Check out their good vibes from the semi-finals of America's Most Musical Family!

  • TONGAN SISTERS - AMERICA'S MOST MUSICAL FAMILY

    TONGAN SISTERS - AMERICA'S MOST MUSICAL FAMILY

    Renowned Pacific singers the 'Tonga Sisters' made another headlining public appearance recently on the popular show 'America's Most Musical Family'. Celebrated for their Island harmonies and proud Tongan heritage, the sister's are definitely one of the most loved Pacific musical families! 

  • MATAVAI PACIFIC CULTURAL ARTS - LOVE IS BIGGER THAN CANCER

    MATAVAI PACIFIC CULTURAL ARTS - LOVE IS BIGGER THAN CANCER

    Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts marked  'Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness' month with the ‘Love Is Bigger Than Cancer’ show at the Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland. The event aimed to raise awareness and funding for the Samoa Cancer Society and the Tonga Breast Cancer Society to assist in the fight against cancer in Samoa and Tonga. Check out the origins of the event here