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Australia’s first music festival blending Afrobeats, Reggae, R&B & Hip Hop hit the Gold Coast on October 1st with a good dose of rain on Day 1 but it didn't dampen the more than 22,000 deep festival revellers.
Yesterdays lineup featured a number of your fave Pasifika artists including Ardijah, Three Houses Down, Nesian Mystik and more.
Peep Day 1 artists, fits & BTS below -
More to come from Day 2 soon ...
Photographers: Penina Momoiseā & Vanu Savea-Maoate
It's the biggest celebration of Pacific Music in Aotearoa and the live event returned for the first time in two years.
There were 26 finalists in total with a mix of new musicians debuting music, established music artists, Pacific industry icons and everything in between.
This year iconic Samoan singer-songwriter Fa'anana Jerome Grey was honoured with the Pacific Music Awards Lifetime Achievement award and there was a new Creative New Zealand award.
We've got all the winners and some of your fave artists on the red carpet for you below -
At UFC 271, Samoan/Maori Light Heavyweight fighter Carlos Ulberg, is one of two Samoans on the card.
Carlos started out as a boxer with Lolo Heimuli at City Boxing, transitioning into Kickboxing where he picked up a contract in China with EMC.
During this time he helped out the likes of Mark Hunt on his fight camps as a sparring partner.
Since being with City Kickboxing he joined the MMA team and was fortunate to land a UFC contract through Dana White's contender series.
He is a two time King in the Ring champion & made his UFC debut on the UFC 259 card.
Carlos gives us a a glimpse into his preparation leading into UFC 271.
Photographer - Penina Momoiseā
The Pasifika community were out all around Aotearoa today for Super Saturday's Vaxathon.
The vaccine push is the New Zealand's government attempt to get higher vaccination rates across New Zealand and has been dubbed 'a national day for action for vaccination'
We went to check out a few of the Pasifika community and health provider initiated Drive Thru vaccination events in Onehunga and South Auckland today.
Our friends at Radio New Zealand shared updates from Nelson and Porirua.
As at 7pm today 127,977 people had received the Covid-19 vaccine and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is still hoping to reach 150,000 by 8pm this evening.
You can check out today's live vaccine numbers broken down in this link here
Pacific Islands children are our precious measina.
These Kuki Airani children in both Aitutaki and Rarotonga captured our hearts.
Growing up island style ...
The simple life!
Pacific pride and a 2023 Rugby World Cup spot was on the line over the weekend when Ikale Tahi and Manu Samoa met at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.
It was the first of two tests that will decide who will join Fiji^ at the RWC in the Oceania 1 at Rugby World Cup 2023 pool.
The Samoan/Maori fighter has kept active over the last few years picking up the WWC World Muaythai Champion title along the way and is currently fighting out of City Kickboxing in Auckland, New Zealand.
When she came home at the end of the 2019 season, there was no inkling of the global pandemic that was about to shut the world down, which then resulted in the PFL MMA competition taking a break in 2020.
She was keen to get a fight in before the 2021 PFL season started, so made the switch to Boxing and trained under Doug Viney and his CKB boxing coaching team.
She then made her Pro Boxing debut in March this year. Genah's boxing coaching team share a behind the scenes look at getting her ready for her Boxing debut on fight night.
Celebrating 45 years of Polyfest!
The iconic ASB Polyfest, Auckland Secondary Schools Maori & Pacific Islands Cultural Festival, is back in 2021 after taking a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the Christchurch tragedy on March 15, 2019, which affected the last day of performances that year.
The Manukau sports bowl has come back to life again with the colour and culture of Polyfest
The iconic Pasifika festival was back this year after a two year absence in a new location at Mt Smart Stadium.
The event was spread out over two days for people to enjoy the world's largest celebration of Pacific Islands culture to the fullest.
We went through on Day Two to find some of our favourite island food, enjoy the different Pacific Islands markets and catch the live performances including the highlight of the day ... George "FIJI" Veikoso.
White Sunday or Children's Day in Samoa.
A special day in the children of Samoa's calendar (the 2nd Sunday in October) where they get dressed up in their best white clothes, perform for their parents and get treated with their favourite food for to'ona'i.
We followed the Laumua kids getting ready for their early morning service in Palisi, watched the kids at EFKS Vaivase-Tai gathering in their Sunday school for their big day and caught up with some of the children & their families at the Mulivai cathedral in Apia.
In Tuasivi, Savai'i we spent the morning with the Magele family where they were putting down an umu before the service. We watched the childrens performance at the EFKS Tuasivi and enjoyed a BBQ with the family after church.
Celebrating our Mamas during lockdown!
Mothers Day 2020 was celebrated today in New Zealand under Alert Level 3 Covid19 restrictions, which meant that Mamas were at home in their aiga/family bubbles.
Mothers Day church services had to be streamed online, some Mothers Day gifts had to be dropped off or arranged to be delivered and some larger families decided to postpone their Mothers Day to'ona'i until the extended aiga could be all together.
This weekend we took a few Mothers Day snaps of Pasifika Mamas in our community ... from a safe distance of course ;) What a time to be alive!
Island children are our precious measina. As we've travelled around Samoa at different times, these children of Samoa captured our hearts.
We love how they didn't need iPads, toys or TVs to keep them occupied and happy.
The Simple life.
Growing up island styles ...
Over 100,000 Pacificans celebrated the passion and fervour of the unique flavours of Polynesians again this weekend with over 10,000 secondary school students performing.
The festival is now the largest Polynesian festival in the world AND the largest dance competition in the world!
After 2 days of competing over 4 Pacific stages, we have the full results for each of the island nations represented.
In the Pacific, neck garlands may be a symbol of welcome, but are so much more than that -ever present at Pacific gatherings as a sign of celebration, mana, mourning or beauty and always a bestowal of alofa and respect.
The ‘ula, ‘ei, kahoa, lei, salusalu show both the connections we have as people interlaced in culture across Pasifika, and also our differences with each Island having its own unique incarnations of these famous and most Pacific of adornments.
Ane Tonga - Guest Curator
Churches in Samoa have always stood out to me as you drive through the villages in Samoa and have looked to be in such huge contrast to the simple fales that people live in.
I jumped at the opportunity to be able to photograph these churches and in the process learned so much about the history of Samoa at the same time.
Photographer: Penina Momoisea
Polyfest is the biggest Pacific & Māori festival in the world! Showcasing traditional dance, music and speech from 60 Auckland secondary schools, Polyfest is a vibrant display of all things Pasifika.