• 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

  • THE ROYAL FAMILY - NEW ZEALAND MEGA CREW DIVISION at HHI 2019 WORLD DANCE CHAMPS

    THE ROYAL FAMILY - NEW ZEALAND MEGA CREW DIVISION at HHI 2019 WORLD DANCE CHAMPS

    The Royal Family - New Zealand | MegaCrew Division at Hip Hop International's 2019 World Hip Hop Dance Championship Finals, held at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

  • ON THE RISE - DEMI HUNZIKER

    ON THE RISE - DEMI HUNZIKER

    Maori/Samoan Singer/Songwriter Demi Hunziker shares growing up in a musical family, getting her start in Kapa haka and church as well as her musical influences.

  • First time Fa'afafine all star cabaret show! 'The Heels Are Alive'

    First time Fa'afafine all star cabaret show! 'The Heels Are Alive'

    The smash hit fa’afafine cabaret cast of ‘The Heels Are Alive’ are Keepin it Fresh with us prior to the opening of their show at The Civic in Auckland - 'making noise with their bodies!'

  • ON THE RISE - PETMAL LAM & VAIMAILA BAKER

    ON THE RISE - PETMAL LAM & VAIMAILA BAKER

    We profile two of the stars of theatre production 'Wild Dogs Under My Skirt' -Petmal Lam and Vaimaila Baker. They share how they got into acting and how performing arts and acting has helped them express themselves

  • ON THE RISE - LISA WRIGHT AKA ROMI

    ON THE RISE - LISA WRIGHT AKA ROMI

    Tokelauan Singer/Songwriter Lisa Wright aka Romi talks about her musical journey, where her performing name 'Romi' comes from and what influences her music.

  • Hip Hop International NZ Dance Champs Highlights

    Hip Hop International NZ Dance Champs Highlights

    With over 100 dance crews competing this year and the comp being opened to the Pacific Islands, the comp has doubled in size from last year. Check out a few of the highlights and some of the teams who competed this year from both here and the islands.

  • KEEPIN IT FRESH - SINARELLA

    KEEPIN IT FRESH - SINARELLA

    Catch all the highlights from the theatre production of Cinderella with a South Auckland twist - 'Sinarella' - plus we talk to the cast & crew.

  • 64 BARS LIVE ft DIGGY DUPE & CHURCH LEON

    64 BARS LIVE ft DIGGY DUPE & CHURCH LEON

    We're Keepin It Fresh with Red Bulls '64 Bars' Live founded by South Auckland rapper David Dallas. Check out Aotearoa's emerging hip hop artists Diggy Dupe & Church Leon from the duo Church & AP.

  • ON THE RISE - EMILY MULI

    ON THE RISE - EMILY MULI

    On The Rise Tongan Singer/Songwriter Emily Muli tells us about how she started singing, her musical inspirations, doing back up vocals for Aaradhna and then getting to open for Radz on her NZ tour!

  • OLIVIA FOA'I - AULELEI

    OLIVIA FOA'I - AULELEI

    Olivia Foa'i and fire knife dancer Moemoana Schwenke team up for Olivia's latest video 'Aulelei'  "I draw inspiration and power from them, They taught me how to be graceful like the ocean, and strong like the ocean,  and that true beauty comes from the heart"  

  • THE REWA ALL STARS ft SACHI

    THE REWA ALL STARS ft SACHI

    Meet the Rewa All Stars. A dance crew. A family. A team. A new generation. Dance is about owning who you are. Unapologetically, freely, and with confidence. This month Stirling Sports wanted to celebrate creative expression. Fearless originality. Sharing a passion with the world. The Rewa All Stars fit the bill perfectly. Stirling sports. Getting behind our next generation.

  • ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - TU'UMULI ATU NAFANUA

    ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - TU'UMULI ATU NAFANUA

    The stunning voices of Sole Mio in Alofagia: Le Opera. Our fagogo - our legends told through this beautiful opera performance by tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay – better known as SOLE MIO. Directed by Anapela Polata’ivao and choreographed by Tupua Tigafua, Alofagia: Le Opera is a mesmerising, new Pacific operatic storytelling! TU’UMULI ATU NAFANUA (Nafanua returns) All songs written by Poulima Salima 

  • ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - SAAFIAFIAAGA O SAVEASI'ULEO MA TAEMA

    ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - SAAFIAFIAAGA O SAVEASI'ULEO MA TAEMA

    The stunning voices of Sole Mio in Alofagia: Le Opera. Our fagogo - our legends told through this beautiful opera performance by tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay – better known as SOLE MIO. Directed by Anapela Polata’ivao and choreographed by Tupua Tigafua, Alofagia: Le Opera is a mesmerising, new Pacific operatic storytelling! SAAFIAFIAAGA O SAVEASI'ULEO MA TAEMA (The forbidden love of Taema and Saveasiuleo)

  • ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - SAMOA I ANAMUA

    ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - SAMOA I ANAMUA

    The stunning voices of Sole Mio in Alofagia: Le Opera. Our fagogo - our legends told through this beautiful opera performance by tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay – better known as SOLE MIO. Directed by Anapela Polata’ivao and choreographed by Tupua Tigafua, Alofagia: Le Opera is a mesmerising, new Pacific operatic storytelling! SAMOA I ANAMUA - The Samoa of Old   All songs written by Poulima Salima 

  • ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - LE MAFUAAGA OLE MALIETOA

    ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - LE MAFUAAGA OLE MALIETOA

    The stunning voices of Sole Mio in Alofagia: Le Opera. Our fagogo - our legends told through this beautiful opera performance by tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay – better known as SOLE MIO. Directed by Anapela Polata’ivao and choreographed by Tupua Tigafua, Alofagia: Le Opera is a mesmerising, new Pacific operatic storytelling! LE MAFUAAGA OLE MALIETOA - The origin of the Malietoa  All songs written by Poulima Salima 

  • ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - TAGALOAALAGI & PEAU O LE VASALOLOA

    ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - TAGALOAALAGI & PEAU O LE VASALOLOA

    The stunning voices of Sole Mio in Alofagia: Le Opera. Our fagogo - our legends told through this beautiful opera performance by tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay – better known as SOLE MIO. Directed by Anapela Polata’ivao and choreographed by Tupua Tigafua, Alofagia: Le Opera is a mesmerising, new Pacific operatic storytelling! TAGALOAALAGI - The endless freedom of heaven. PEAU O LE VASALOLOA - The ebb and flow of the ocean All songs written by Poulima Salima  PEAU O LE VASALOLOA - The ebb & flow of the ocean  All songs written by Poulima Salima 

  • Sau e Siva presents 'ROSALINA' - The Battle Redemption

    Sau e Siva presents 'ROSALINA' - The Battle Redemption

    Inspired by author David Riley's adaptation of the story "Fatu & The Magic Crab" - comes the legend of a beautiful Samoan maiden and her ten overprotective brothers! Rosalina is a fun story of family, forgiveness, love & reconciliation. The finale!  

  • Sau e Siva presents 'ROSALINA' - Taualuga

    Sau e Siva presents 'ROSALINA' - Taualuga

    Inspired by author David Riley's adaptation of the story "Fatu & The Magic Crab" - comes the legend of a beautiful Samoan maiden and her ten overprotective brothers! Rosalina is a fun story of family, forgiveness, love & reconciliation. The taualuga! Tausala Samoa A scene filled with joyful Siva Samoa and Pese’s in celebration of the crowning of our new Taupou “Rosalina” our beautiful pride and joy of our village. “O le tama a le tagata e fafaga I upu ma tala, a o le tama a le manu e fafaga I fuga o la’au ” Music: Sulu I le Papa Gagala by Punialava’a and Siva Mai by The Mika Sisters 

  • Sau e Siva presents 'ROSALINA' - Siva Tau

    Sau e Siva presents 'ROSALINA' - Siva Tau

    Inspired by author David Riley's adaptation of the story "Fatu & The Magic Crab" - comes the legend of a beautiful Samoan maiden and her ten overprotective brothers! Rosalina is a fun story of family, forgiveness, love & reconciliation. The Siva Tau! Here we have Rosalina's 10 brothers confront Tau of his wrong doings towards their beloved sister. But Tau stands his ground to prove that he had nothing to do with her passing.

  • Sau e Siva presents 'ROSALINA' - Tama o le Nu'u

    Sau e Siva presents 'ROSALINA' - Tama o le Nu'u

    Inspired by author David Riley's adaptation of the story "Fatu & The Magic Crab" - comes the legend of a beautiful Samoan maiden and her ten overprotective brothers! Rosalina is a fun story of family, forgiveness, love & reconciliation. Enjoy this performance of 'Tama o le Nu'u'  This scene pays homage to our hardworking Parents/Grandparents of the village. We will never forget the sacrifices they endured to give us a better life.

  • Sau e Siva presents ROSALINA - The Opening

    Sau e Siva presents ROSALINA - The Opening

    Inspired by author David Riley's adaptation of the story "Fatu & The Magic Crab" - comes the legend of a beautiful Samoan maiden and her ten overprotective brothers! Rosalina is a fun story of family, forgiveness, love & reconciliation. Told through Contemporary Siva Samoa, live music and soulful harmonies - This is one celebration of theatre you won't want to miss! Move over Moana, there's a new girl in town and she's as solid as a rock!  Literally.

  • ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - MUA O (Bear Witness)

    ALOFAGIA: LE OPERA - MUA O (Bear Witness)

    Alofagia: Le Opera is a multisensory experience, featuring the powerful operatic voices of tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay – better known as Sol3 Mio.  Directed by Anapela Polata’ivao and choreographed by Tupua Tigafua, Alofagia: Le Opera is a mesmerising, new Pacific opera. Weaving ancient Polynesian sounds and echoing a time when gods governed the sea, sky, air and fire, this Samoan opera is a rhythmic composition of tatau/malu* expressed through song and movement. MUA O - (Bear witness) All songs written by Poulima Salima 

  • Little Mix - Brits Awards 2019

    Little Mix - Brits Awards 2019

    ICYMI, Little Mix performed at the Brits Awards last week.  Our girl Parris Goebel choreographed the whole performance & Kaea Pearce performed!  Watch the full 'Parris Project World Tour' here

  • The Guerilla Collection

    The Guerilla Collection

    Black Grace came together with some of Auckland’s most treasured Maori & Pasifika artists, to bring you “The Guerrilla Collection” The brainchild of Arts Laureate Neil Ieremia, partnered with artists Anapela Polataivao, Victor Rodger, Courtney Sina-Meredith, Justin Haiu, Paul Fagamalo, Sean Macdonald and youngun Leki Jackson-Bourke. The 3 Day Festival was held at the beginning of November 2018.   Check out some of the highlights from the event.

  • NOAH SLEE - .... AND SO WE MOVE TO THE OTHERLANDS

    NOAH SLEE - .... AND SO WE MOVE TO THE OTHERLANDS

    As if creating and touring his award-winning debut album, Otherland, wasn't enough, Noah Slee has been back at work, turning his hand to the worlds of visual-art and dance. After living, working, coming out and creating within a city and culture far from home, the Berlin-based Pasifika singer who was raised in New Zealand has become deeply certain of the importance of his roots, influences and struggles. Stream Noah Slee's debut album "Otherland" ● https://NoahSlee.lnk.to/Otherland Or grab one of the limited vinyls ✨ ● https://store.majesticcasual.com/shop... Follow Noah Slee ● https://soundcloud.com/noahslee ● https://instagram.com/noahslee Video Background Through a series of earnest vignettes, his short-film tells a story about identity and the integration of a patchwork of selves that occurs as we move through Otherlands. Weaving together political, sexual and cultural strands, the pieces give voice to both the unique and shared aspects of struggle, healing and celebration; all told through the language of dance. As the video unravels its ode to the LGBT Community and to Queer Tagata Pasifika, there lingers the undeniable and continuing sense of diaspora - feeling at once connected and confused, celebrated yet rejected. A subtle yet important nod towards post-colonial climates and constricting social and religious norms. The video propels these narratives forward in a piece that also celebrates women, a stunning symbolic representation of Slee’s desire to use his voice to “give women a space at the forefront, not as victims but with power and glory”. This short-film is an impressive example of collaboration, while at the same time being an aesthetic feast. It is a battle cry of support for those who suffer injustice and a mourning wail for violence perpetrated and loved ones lost. Not least, it is a testament to the transformative power of art. It seeks to remind the audience of the unity that can be found in music; the way that it can transcend class, race and more. Above all, as we move to Otherlands, it is a prayer of thanks to the healing remedy of dance.

  • Lexus Song Quest Grand Final

    Lexus Song Quest Grand Final

    In its 62-year history Lexus Song Quest has launched the careers of some of New Zealand’s most celebrated singers including Dame Malvina Major, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Phillip Rhodes, Jonathan Lemalu and Sol3 Mio’s Amitai Pati. This year there were 3 opera singers of Pacific Island descent who made it through to the Grand Final, performed live with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and competed for New Zealand’s most prestigious singing title and a share of $90,000 in prizes. Find out who won!  

  • LEVEL UP - Ciara ft Request

    LEVEL UP - Ciara ft Request

    Check out the visuals for RnB singer Ciara's latest track 'Level Up' - it's the first single she's released since her 2015 album 'Jackie'  The video features Ciara’s hallmark dance talents and the moves unleashed are the work of our very own legendary choreographer Parris Goebel and her ReQuest Dance Crew. Fun fact:  The video was filmed at the Auckland Museum! 

  • Pacific Dance Festival 2018

    Pacific Dance Festival 2018

    Highlights from the 2018 Pacific Dance Festival held at the Mangere Arts Centre.

  • Body Building

    Body Building

    Check out our island brothers and sisters repping on the body buildings stages, featuring Mateo Vaihu, Torrell Price and Dee Marsters-To and more..

  • The Tongan Ballerina - Eliana Vaha'ife'ao

    The Tongan Ballerina - Eliana Vaha'ife'ao

    She's one of the only Tongan ballerina's in the industry! Based in California, Eliana Vaha'ife'ao is repping the islands as she makes waves with her talents..check out her story! 

  • The Naked Samoans do Magic!

    The Naked Samoans do Magic!

    Our beloved icons have made a comeback to the stage...with a twist!!!

  • Jess B's Block Party

    Jess B's Block Party

    Auckland Rapper Jess B has her first block party at Galatos in Auckland, in light of her the release of her new EP! Brown women supporting Brown women.

  • Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

    Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

    'Wild Dogs Under My Skirt' brings Tusiata Avia’s poetry to life. Directed by Anapela Polataivao, the show features a cast of powerful Pasifika women. 

  • PIA MIA in New Zealand

    PIA MIA in New Zealand

    Pia Mia shares a little about her Island heritage with us on her visit to New Zealand! 

  • 4 Tha Lumana'i

    4 Tha Lumana'i

    A ground-breaking live performance led by music and sound producer Anonymouz, 4 THA LUMANA’I finds the parallels between traditional Sāmoan customs and contemporary Hip Hop artforms.

  • Fez Fa'anana "Ring Master of the Circus"

    Fez Fa'anana "Ring Master of the Circus"

    Fez aka Fiu Ioane Efeso Fa'anana is the creative director, founder, choreographer, performer & ringmaster of the show "Briefs"! He explains how he's a Samoan Australian born in New Zealand and he represents that angle of his culture.

  • Samoa vs Samoa - Old vs New: Fire Dancing Battle

    Samoa vs Samoa - Old vs New: Fire Dancing Battle

    The OG's take on the New Generation in an epic Fire dancing battle! Stay tuned to see who will win 

  • LIMA - Pacific Islands Performing Arts

    LIMA - Pacific Islands Performing Arts

    The Pacific Islands Performing Arts graduate performance ‘LIMA’ made with the help of legends like Sima Urale, Lindah Lepou and Teokotai Paitai

  • KEEP THE FAITH - JOASH FAHITUA

    KEEP THE FAITH - JOASH FAHITUA

    The second piece that Joash choreographed as part of 'Tama Toa' for the Pacific Dance Festival. Keeping the Faith transports us back to a time when attending church wasn’t an option. Ten dancers take to the stage to enact a church mass, each representing the different personalities, behaviours and backgrounds that you would encounter in that space