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As part of the inaugural Pacific Championships competition, Eden Park played host to a Triple Header on the 21st October 2023.
With Tonga's MMT squad away in the UK for a 3 test tour, the Tonga A development squad kicked things off taking on the Kiwis A in a close and entertaining game.
Both sides featured NRL and NSW/Queensland Cup talent and fans were given a preview of future stars of the game.
Final score: Tonga A 26 - Kiwi A 36
The Tonga Women's side was captained this year by former Australian Jillaroos Centre & Cronulla Sharks NRLW captain Tiana Penitani who had taken inspiration from Jason Taumalolo & Andrew Fifita switching allegiance to their island heritage.
She led from the front scoring a double in her Tonga debut. At half time the Kiwi Ferns were only up 10-6 and the final score may have been much closer but unfortunately Tonga's Ilaisaane Taufa was sent off for a hip drop tackle.
Final Score: Tonga Womens 10 - Kiwi Ferns 28
The main fixture saw Toa Samoa take on the NZ Kiwis for the first time at Eden Park.
The atmosphere was off the chain with emotions running high through the anthems and spine tingling siva tau/haka challenges laid.
With the number of Samoan flags throughout the stadium you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a Samoan home game and despite the score the crowd stayed hyped to the very end.
The Kiwis experience over a very young Samoan side saw them take a 50-0 victory.
Check out some of the photographs from the Triple Header in the gallery below.
Scroll down and click on the Menu Bars below to go to different teams & sections. You can click on the images to bring them up full size.
Photographer: Penina Momoiseā
Public Interest Journalism funded by NZ on Air
It's been a long time coming but Toa Samoa fans living in Auckland, Aotearoa finally got to see the team in person when PacifiCast hosted a Fan Day at Victoria Park on Tuesday 17th October.
The team are back in town - first time since the World Cup in 2017 - in the lead up to Toa Samoa's test against the Kiwis on Saturday 21st October.
A bit of rain at the beginning chased a few people away but those that stayed were treated to performances by Poetik, Tenelle, Wayno and surprise guest Lisi before the boys came through with Dr Tua MCing.
After introductions and siva Samoa the boys signed out with a spine tingling performance of the Siva Tau.
Photography by Geoffery Matautia aka Southsides on Instagram.
Geoffery recently exhibited some of his portraits from his 'Community Service: Family Portraits' collection at Tautai.
Check out highlights from the week leading up to UFC293 in Sydney, Australia.
The event is headlined by Israel Adesanya who starts his second UFC Middleweight reign with a title defence against Sean Strickland.
For what is thought to be the first time in UFC history, there are 6 fighters on the same card fighting under the same gym - City Kickboxing NZ, led by head coach Eugene Bareman (Samoan/Dutch heritage).
There are also a record number of Polynesians on the card featuring Tai Tuivasa, Justin Tafa, Tyson Pedro, Carlos Ulberg and Shane Young with three Samoans included on the main card. (Tai, Justin & Tyson).
Follow along throughout the week ...
Photography by Penina Momoiseā
The Pacific Music Awards celebrated and honoured Pacific music and Pacific artists on Wednesday 9th August at the Due Drop Events Centre in Manukau, South Auckland.
This years awards night was the 19th ceremony held and paid tribute to the Niuean community.
The theme for this year was 'Leveki mo e Puipui E Magafaoa Katoa, Guide a'nd Protect the Entire Family'.
This year the Pacific Music Awards featured performances by finalists: Lou’ana, Jaro Local, Lepani, Jordyn With a Why, Poetik, Biggs 685, Victor J Sefo and MELODOWNZ.
There was also a special tribute performance to honour the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Toni Williams performed by the Kabin Bread Boyz.
Check out our gallery from the night featuring Blue Carpet fits, perforrmances and winners.
Full list of winners under the Winners category below.
Photos by Penina Momoiseā
A bit of rain & a touch of thunder storms didn't dampen the spirits of a record breaking crowd at Apia Park, Samoa on the 3rd of June.
The home of Manu Samoa and host to a number of sporting events this time played host to the inaugural Motherland Samoa festival headlined by the king of island reggae George 'Fiji' Veikoso and supported by internationally renowned Samoan artists such as J Boog & Savage as well as local Samoan artists like Zipso, Mautoatasi and Matalena.
The festival was made possible through a collaboration between overseas & local Samoan businesses, as well as the Government of Samoa through the Samoa Tourism Authority.
The invaluable support extended by the governments of Australia & NZ, through their respective embassies, played a significant role in bringing the historic event to fruition.
PacifiCast Founder, Julius Tuigamala stated that the success of the Motherland Samoa Festival has laid the foundation for a promising future and their organisation would continue to build strong relations and collaborate with governments in the region, local businesses and communities.
“Moving forward, PacifiCast remains steadfast in its dedication to showcasing and uplifting Pacific Islander culture and talent on a global scale.
Our mission is not only to unite the Pacific Islands but also to establish enduring partnerships with prominent nations such as Australia, New Zealand, and others. Through these initiatives, we actively contribute to the preservation and celebration of Pacific Island diaspora cultures residing in these nations” he said.
Watch some of the performance highlights from the night here, Lani Alo's powerful performance of 'Alo ia faiva' here & Fiji's beautiful rendition of 'Sosefina' here.
Plus check out some of the photographs from the night in the gallery below.
Scroll down and click on the Menu Bars below to go to different artists and click on the images to bring them up full size ...
Photographer: Penina Momoiseā
Public Interest Journalism funded by NZ on Air
While Vin Diesel, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron & a host of other cast and crew were at the Colleseum in Rome for the 'Road to Rome' premiere of Fast X, Jason Momoa was rocking the red carpet at Sylvia Park right here in Auckland, New Zealand.
Many of his Chief of War cast and crew came through for the red carpet event as well as other well known New Zealand faces.
The Hawaiian actor spent nearly an hour doing media interviews, greeting fans, taking photographs and signing autographs before addressing the crowd at the event prior to the screening.
Jason plays Dante Reyes, the main villain in the latest saga from the Fast & Furious franchise which is out in NZ cinemas on Thursday 18th May.
Check out the trailer for the movie here and check out photos from the event last night below -
The tradition of 'Tua Kai' in one of the most Northern islands of the Cook Islands - Pukapuka - is an annual tradition that has been around since the beginning of time and is still practised today.
Normally after all the traditional and modern sports and festivities in January/February the island closes with the final wrestling (Popoko) followed by the Kavekave which is the main fishing competition of the year.
The winners have boasting rights for the year.
The kaveu or Coconut Crab is from Motu Ko and was harvested by the men of Tawa Ngake.
The men of Tawa Lalo harvested birds and kaveu fish.
The women go into the taro patch and harvest the best taro or wawa suited to eat with Kaveu or type of fish. Pukapuka has over 24 different ways of cooking taro to suit different fish bird crab.
Each woman on the island will receive 2 kaveu and 10 niu (yepulupulu) and 1 share of wawa dish.
Each Man will receive 1 Kaveu and 10 niu and 2 shares of wawa dish.
Each child will receive a smaller kaveu with 1 share of wawa dish and 4 niu.
The fish is distributed evenly across the island. Whether you helped or not everyone gets their share from the youngest child to the eldest member on the island (the Wola).
While a couple of the islands in the Southern group have recently re-started their food distribution traditions Pukapuka's 'Tua Kai' tradition has never stopped and is tied directly with chants, songs, dancing, traditional sports, wrestling & fishing.
They will end this tradition with a final singing and chanting competition.
Photos by Kole Tinga
Words by Romani Katoa
The 'Holem strong kalsa blo iumi' - Hold on to our culture exhibition opened on the 4th of December at Te Taunga Community Hub in Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.
The exhibition will be on until the 5th February 2023 and is dedicated to all Solomon Islands children and youth who are born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
It showcases the culture, stories and traditions from their perspective, and encourages the youth to be proud of their culture and identity.
The exhibition is entirely curated by the community, and the exhibit takes its name from a motto passed onto the New Zealand-born young generation.
Through film, traditional carved and woven objects, ornaments and instruments from the nine provinces - Choiseul, Isabel, Malaita, Guadalcanal, Western Province, Central, Temotu, Makira, and Rennell & Bellona - members of the Solomon Islands community are invited to reinforce their attachment to their homeland, and visitors to experience the uniqueness of this country.
By Florie Dausabe
Photos from the exhibition opening by Doreen Kwaoga and Juliana Satchell Deo
In the early hours of Sunday the 13th of November 2022, a drop kick by Toa Samoa winger Stephen Crichton gave his team a clutch win over England, making history for the 2nd time in the Rugby League World Cup.
They are only the sixth nation to ever qualify for a World Cup final. The first ever tier two & Pacific Island nation and the first new nation to play in a final for 34 years.
The parades and celebrations which have ensued leading up to the Samoa vs Tonga Quarter Final & the Samoa vs England Semi Final, as well as after the wins, have gone off around South Auckland & different places around the world.
Photos from the Otara celebrations after the England semi final win today and we'll add more over the upcoming week leading up to the final.
Pacific Runway has been an annual event which was launched in 2012 by founder and coordinator Jannike Seiuli.
The platform was designed to showcase the incredible talent of Maori, Pasifika and Indigenous creatives and has played host to a prestigious fashion event with a distinctive touch of the Pacific celebrating a fusion of fashion over the last decade.
However, in 2022, which is the show's 11th year, Jannike decided that this would be the last and split the show in to two events - a Pacific Runway show at the Powerhouse Museum and then a Pac Gala the following evening celebrating Pacific artistry.
The Pacific Runway show this year also included workshops & talanoa panels, demonstrations by a live Fijian artist and a styling demo, a Pacific marketplace, performances by Sela Vai & Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts and Pacific Short Films.
Peep photos from both the Pacific Runway Event and the Pap Gala celebration here -
Australia’s first music festival blending Afrobeats, Reggae, Hip Hop & RnB 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.
Day One's lineup featured a number of your fave Pasifika artists including Ardijah, Three Houses Down, Nesian Mystik + some of the newer artists on the rise - Lisi, HP Boyz & Yungn Lipz
Day Two's Pasifika lineup featured the likes of Scribe, SammyJ + Common Kings with Dinah Jane and other international acts such as UB40, Wyclef, Central Cee, Blxst & more.
An incredible lineup put on by two young Samoan promoters - Bernard Kumar & Andy Tu'umaga (and their team) - their first time putting together a festival of this scale.
We're already looking forward to what they come up with for Promiseland 2023.
Peep photos of artist performances + fits and behind the scenes from both days of the festival below ...
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.
Photographer - Penina Momoiseā
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.