• 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

  • The Katinas in Auckland @thekatinas

    The Katinas in Auckland @thekatinas

    The Iconic Katina's come to Auckland and blow our minds. Stay tuned as they share their journey with us.

  • OPERANESIA take over Auckland City!

    OPERANESIA take over Auckland City!

    Operanesia, Cindy of Samoa & more take over Auckland City!  FIYAH!  

  • MUAMUA - Joash Fahitua

    MUAMUA - Joash Fahitua

    Week two of the Pacific Dance Festival saw the men of the programme leap into action as 'Tama Toa' took to the stage. Muamua was choreographed by Joash Fahitua and is brought to life by dancers Kaya Campi and Leighton Rangi - the male and female duet. ‘Muamua’ meaning first in Samoan explores the idea of new life and new beginning. The talented duo take us on a journey which merges the old and the new. Rangi demonstrates his strength with a variety of lifts that he performs with fluidity and ease, while Campi adds an element of grace to the piece.

  • S.U.B NZ School of Dance

    S.U.B NZ School of Dance

    The New Zealand School of Dance continued to amaze with their performance of S.U.B. in the 2nd week of the Pacific Dance Festival 'Tama Toa'  Choreographer Victoria Colombus collaborates with third year dancers Toa Paranihi and Connor Masseurs to form the contemporary piece that explores four contrasting genres of dance, which express what the human body is capable of.   The dynamic duo bring a blast of energy to their routine, working together to make sure it is slick and precise.

  • WEST MEETS SOUTH Finale

    WEST MEETS SOUTH Finale

    The closing performance of the Pacific Dance Festival 'Wahine Toa' collection was "West Meets South" by Losalia Milika Pusiaki West meets South is the acceptance of two worlds by mother and daughter, told in a form of a love story, where Tatuila, a chief from the South meets a beautiful princess from the West. His journey is depicted by Me’etupaki, faha’iula, tau’olunga and Takafalu (Queen Salotes Lakalaka)   Dancers: Tu'itupou Sili, Malia Pusiaki, 'Atu Vaiangina, Kelela Vaiangina, Chanelle Vaiangina,  Kerry 'Aluesi, Sinai Na'a, Tina Lo'aamanu, Saane Soafa, Jasmine Makahununiu, Peni Pepa, Mikey Manu, Jo Mana, Vili Pusiaki, Sefo Na'a, Soana Falahola 'aleva (contemporary dance choreographer), Milika & Siale (Tongan Traditional dance choreographers)

  • WEST MEETS SOUTH Performance

    WEST MEETS SOUTH Performance

    The closing performance of the Pacific Dance Festival 'Wahine Toa' collection was "West Meets South" by Losalia Milika Pusiaki West meets South is the acceptance of two worlds by mother and daughter, told in a form of a love story, where Tatuila, a chief from the South meets a beautiful princess from the West. His journey is depicted by Me’etupaki, faha’iula, tau’olunga and Takafalu (Queen Salotes Lakalaka)   Dancers: Tu'itupou Sili, Malia Pusiaki, 'Atu Vaiangina, Kelela Vaiangina, Chanelle Vaiangina,  Kerry 'Aluesi, Sinai Na'a, Tina Lo'aamanu, Saane Soafa, Jasmine Makahununiu, Peni Pepa, Mikey Manu, Jo Mana, Vili Pusiaki, Sefo Na'a, Soana Falahola 'aleva (contemporary dance choreographer), Milika & Siale (Tongan Traditional dance choreographers)

  • "WEST MEETS SOUTH" Solo by Losalia Malika Pusiaki

    "WEST MEETS SOUTH" Solo by Losalia Malika Pusiaki

    The closing performance of the Pacific Dance Festival 'Wahine Toa' collection was "West Meets South" by Losalia Milika Pusiaki West meets South is the acceptance of two worlds by mother and daughter, told in a form of a love story, where Tatuila, a chief from the South meets a beautiful princess from the West. His journey is depicted by Me’etupaki, faha’iula, tau’olunga and Takafalu (Queen Salotes Lakalaka)   Dancers: Tu'itupou Sili, Malia Pusiaki, 'Atu Vaiangina, Kelela Vaiangina, Chanelle Vaiangina,  Kerry 'Aluesi, Sinai Na'a, Tina Lo'aamanu, Saane Soafa, Jasmine Makahununiu, Peni Pepa, Mikey Manu, Jo Mana, Vili Pusiaki, Sefo Na'a, Soana Falahola 'aleva (contemporary dance choreographer), Milika & Siale (Tongan Traditional dance choreographers)

  • "MIXTAPE" by Joash Fahitua & Perri Exeter

    "MIXTAPE" by Joash Fahitua & Perri Exeter

    "Mixtape" dance show which was a collaboration between Joash Fahitua and his partner Perri Exeter. A celebration of multi cultural fusion in the form of contemporary dance.

  • AVE - Tia Sagapolutele

    AVE - Tia Sagapolutele

    'Ave' means 'take' in Samoan and this piece is a timeline of 6 Samoan women and their personal views on how one significant event left them feeling caught between 2 worlds. The 2017 Pacific Dance Festival launched with a showcase of new and recent works by five women choreographers, Ojeya Cruz Banks (Guam), Tepaeru-Ariki Lulu French (Cook Islands), Julia Mage’au Gray (Papua New Guinea), Losalio Milika Pusiaki (Tonga) and Tia Sagapolutele (Sāmoa).  "Tia Sagapolutele’s work, Ave is a force! Counterpointing the grace, awareness and sometimes awkardness of negotiating Sāmoan culture, its practices, stories and boundaries. An energising, heart thumping mash-up of siva Sāmoa, voguing, badass formations and brown girl magic!" Ema Tavola, (PIMPI Knows) Creative Director:  Ufitia Sagapolutele  Dancers:  Ezra Williams, Jonique Purcell, Semira Mariner, Maria Lealiiee, Chas Samoa, Lavender Ta'ale-Tuigamala Drummers:  Jireh Lalotoa-Peniata, Ankaramy Fepuleai

  • NZ Hip-Hop Dance Championship - Aorere College

    NZ Hip-Hop Dance Championship - Aorere College

    Check out Aorere College and their wicked dance set and the NZ Hip-Hop Dance Championships - 2017!

  • Launch of Lomipeau Aotearoa

    Launch of Lomipeau Aotearoa

    The Lomipeau Aotearoa album launch based on the poetry of the late Queen Sālote Tupou III. This is the first time these historically significant songs have been professionally recorded and produced. The day included a formal Tongan kava ceremony, live performances, artist talks and a documentary film about the making of the album.  The event was in partnership with Pukepuke ‘o Tonga and is part of the Auckland Museum exhibition "Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa"  The songs are based on poetry by the late Queen Sālote Tupou III of Tonga and set to the music and choreography of the late Lapaha Punake Vili Pusiaki. This is the first time these historically significant songs have been professionally recorded and produced. The Lomipeau Aotearoa album is the first of its kind to be published, as a part of a landmark Auckland Council initiative to preserve Pasifika history. Album creator, Pukepuke o' Tonga is a North Shore based Tongan dance group made up of members of the Pusiaki family from the village of Lapaha and are descendants of the late queen’s music composer. They are the only ones allowed to perform the compositions, which date back to the 1920s.  Group leader Sesilia Pusiaki said the album's launch is a dream come true for her family.  Auckland Council's Mangere Arts Centre hosted the event that welcomed the guest of honour Princess Mele Siuilikutapu Kalaniuvalu Fotofili.

  • RESPECT - Aaradhna, Annie Crummer, Bella Kalolo, Esther Stephens

    RESPECT - Aaradhna, Annie Crummer, Bella Kalolo, Esther Stephens

    Fifty years ago, Aretha Franklin’s version of Respect was a declaration from a powerful woman, as potent and political then as now. In 2017, as part of Auckland Arts Festival, Aaradhna, Annie Crummer, Bella Kalolo and Esther Stephens answer Aretha with their own blends of funk, soul and R&B originals as well as some Aretha-classics.  Thank you to Auckland Arts Festival & Tama Waipara for facilitating this incredible event. 

  • Kahuku High School Graduation Performance 2015

    Kahuku High School Graduation Performance 2015

    Check out this awesome medley performance by the graduating class of Kahuku High School in Hawaii! With only 2 days to learn their routine, the seniors of Kahuku High were on point with their awesome dance moves, a sāsā, as well as their 'Kaipahua Kura' - their very own haka written by Seamus Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is a Special Instructor at BYUH and a Manager/Cultural Specialist in the Aotearoa section of the Polynesian Cultural Center.  Check out more on their haka here!  

  • Layers by Teresia Siagatonu

    Layers by Teresia Siagatonu

    Check out this stirring poem by Spoken Word for the World member Terisa Siagatonu, who went along to Paris to the COP 21 Conference. 'Layers' connects racism, social justice and climate change, and looks at how both of her worlds are affected by climate change.

  • Kaona - Hidden meaning

    Kaona - Hidden meaning

    A powerful love poem for the people and the language of Hawaii. Check out Hawaii's Brave New Voices team from 2008 Jamaica Osorio, Ittai Wong, William Giles, Alaka'i Kotrys and their beautiful spoken word piece about the history of their language.

  • From Waiheke to Westminster

    From Waiheke to Westminster

    Auckland University Pacific poetry lecturer Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh was commissioned to write and perform a poem about unity. Source: TVNZ Ms Marsh says she spoke with Queen Elizabeth II after the interfaith gathering, attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. "It's one thing being on Waiheke island composing in your kitchen, it's another thing to walk in and be standing in front of the tomb of Queen Elizabeth the first reciting your poem and that's what I did, I spoke to her." The event is the first of many events the Queen will attend during her 90th birthday celebrations.

  • The Grit and Grace of Hula

    The Grit and Grace of Hula

    Behind the grace and the sway there is grit, athleticism, and a knee-breaking, blister-inducing effort to leave everything you have on the dance floor. Every year, the best compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s most prestigious hula competition. Kayli Ka’iulani Carr, who is in her last year of eligibility for the contest, is trying to win the festival’s solo competition, Miss Aloha Hula. Does she have what it takes?

  • A Dark Past - Human Zoo

    A Dark Past - Human Zoo

    A dark side of Europe's past will be exposed by one of the state's hottest choreographers in the latest Australian Dance Theatre production. The history of human zoos was revealed to young dancer/choreographer Tom Fonua while touring in Germany, spawning a desire to tell the story on stage.

  • The Palagi Fire Dancer

    The Palagi Fire Dancer

    Tim Noyce picked up the hobby of fire dancing while living in Samoa in 2012 and this year he returned to Samoa and competed for the first time at the 15th Annual Siva Afi Competition in Apia. Check out Polynesian Entertainers Ltd Book Tim's Fire Dance crew-TahiMana for your function

  • Tala Matavai

    Tala Matavai

    Launched in 2016, was Matavai's first production, 'Tala Matavai', the pacific dance production about legacy, love and loss. The story takes you into Pacifica with tales of the islands, as Matavai takes her grandson Tirinau on a voyage through the rich histories of Oceania. With ancient legends from Fiji, Tonga, Aotearoa, Samoa, Cook Islands and Hawaii; Tirinau finds his way forward by journeying through the past.   The production displayed the deep connection the Pacifica people have to their land, ocean and traditions through the vibrant performers, dance, artwork and traditional costumes. Defined as a heart-warming tale of cultural survival and preservation, the success of Tala Matavai will feature a production sequel this year in another mind- blowing performance. 

  • "LALELEI" - by Sau E Siva

    "LALELEI" - by Sau E Siva

    Sau E Sive bring us another powerful show LALELI! Which follows the myth of the Turtle and the Shark, which highlights a story of True Love in Samoan History.

  • POLY MOVEMENT - Finale

    POLY MOVEMENT - Finale

    Kaikanikani follows the lives of Pacific Island & Maori performing arts students as they juggle study, dance and life.    The wide scope of their dance genres makes them disparate from other groups, these include Maori, Cook Island Maori, Samoan and contemporary.    The group took Pacific performances across the world, attending an international dance folk festival in Portugal. 'I wanna be real inspiring to my family...but before I do that I have to work on myself and share my passion' Check out the whole series below:

  • Sau e Siva Presents Lalelei: Finale

    Sau e Siva Presents Lalelei: Finale

    Lalelei means beautiful in Samoan and is the title of the acclaimed show by Sau e Siva telling the story of the turtle and the shark, a Samoan legend from the village of Vaitogi in Tutuila, Samoa.  This show exploded on the stage and had an extended season at the Mangere Arts Centre, Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, bringing together 40 performers from a variety of backgrounds and was choreographed by the talented Sau e Siva Creatives: Leki Bourke, Italia Hunt, Epine Savea, Jill Karapani and Idalene Ati with Creative Director Troy Tu'ua. The awesome finale of the show Lalelei by Sau e Siva. Check out the audience response and comments at the end.   Enjoy more of 'Sau e Siva presents Lalelei' show videos in the links below: Sau e siva presents Lalelei - Fonuea   Sau e siva presents Lalelei - Siva Tau Sau e siva presents Lalelei - Puleono I Salafai  Sau e siva presents Lalelei - Siva Salu  Sau e siva presents Lalelei - Welcome to Tutuila  Sau e siva presents Lalelei - Sa ou Moe   Sau e siva presents Lalelei - Fonuea Pt2