is the new virtual home for Pacificans

Category: Art, Dance, Digital, Film, Mixed Media, Pasifika, Social Media, Web Design is a virtual island homeland for all Pacific peoples funded through NZ on Air’s Kickstart Digital Media funding programme.

They have created an online Pacific universe of storytelling with the ability for viewers to share their stories by uploading videos, commenting and sharing their experiences. has a few interesting and informative features including a daily coco-blog made up of new videos, MEMES and vlogs every week, a detailed virtual timeline of significant moments in Pacific history and an abundance of entertaining videos featuring some of Pacific’s finest. is all about prompting connectivity and conversations for Pacificans around the world.  Check it out here.

Pollywood – Pasifika Film, now celebrates 11 years of Pasifika Film & Multi-media Art.

Category: Art, Digital, Events, Film, Pasifika, Performance Art, Video Production, Visual Arts

Pollywood Pasifika Film Festival 2013“Operating and delivering quality screening events with no actual budget, allows Pollywood to be as organic and as pure as possible” says Director of Pollywood,Craig Fasi.

Mr Fasi says, “The main purpose of Pollywood is to provide a platform for our Pasifika people to tell and share their stories from their own perspectives within communities both here and abroad”

This years’ calibre of films is phenomenal and the audience will be in for a real treat.

Multi-media visual artist, Shigeyuki Kihara, currently on a residency in New York for the ‘International Studio and Curatorial Program’ shares ‘Galu Afi: Waves of Fire’. Kihara was the recipient of the 21st paramount Wallace Art award in 2012 for this piece which is an extension of her recent solo dance performance and video work entitled Taualuga: The Last Dance (2005). Taualuga will be screening as part of a ‘Best Of’ Pollywood showcase.

A FREE event thanks to the Auckland Art gallery & Southside Arts festival, Sun 20 Oct, 1pm.

Also amongst the chosen few is ‘Toms Dairy’ by Oscar Kightley – Awarded the title as one of the best short films this year by the NZ International Film Festival, if you didn’t get a chance to see it during the NZIFF this is the perfect opportunity to see a simple story, perfectly told. Mr Kightley has worked on the screenplay and directed this story which is set in 1981, you cant help but think this is an excerpt from his own life growing up in West Auckland.

There are 7 films in total that run just over 75mins. A perfect mix of drama, comedy, intrigue and human conditioning. Limited to only 3 screenings around Auckland and starting at the Auckland Art Gallery, Sat 2 Nov, 7pm.

All 3 screenings will have a representative of the films to briefly speak about their work, their life in film and answer any questions from the audience in true film festival style.

Pollywood is about opportunity – An opportunity for the artists to showcase their work and an opportunity for the audience to view truly entertaining Pasifika film.

For more information visit the Pollywood Pasifika Film Facebook page.


Soul Food with Ali Cowley

Category: Advertising

You may already know Ali as a traditional art tutor at Media Design School. What you might not know is that Ali comes with over 16 years experience as an animator, including four seasons as animation director of Bro’ Town!

Ali recently went to Sante Fe ArtFest to check out the scene and run master classes. Find out all his experience in the US, including his time with Disney Interactive Artist Johnny Perkins!

All welcome

Soul Food
Wednesday 28 August, 530pm
Media Design School
Level 5 lecture theatre.


Is Nike exploiting Cultural protocol with their Pro Tattoo Tech gear

Category: Art, Fashion, Pasifika, Tattoo

International sports brand Nike has come under fire especially with the Pacific community following the release of their limited edition Nike Pro Tattoo Tech Tights (and sports bra and bodysuit).

Nike is marketing this line as gear “Inspired by tattoos from the South West Pacific—Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand.”  A representation of the traditional tatau -tattoos of the Pacific.

Tatau is an eloquent form of living art and a record of ancient navigation and traditional culture, it is also a Samoan’s spiritual connection to Mother Earth through the physical pain and personal sacrifice experienced in the act of being tattooed.

The symbolism depicted on a tatau or malu represents a covenant between a Samoan and his or her way of life. It is “O Mea Sina”. It is sacred.

The pe’a is traditionally a rite of passage reserved for the men, a spiritual and painful process where the tattoo covers the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and ends at the knee.The malu which is the women’s equivalent to the pe’a has a much simpler pattern starting from the upper thigh to just below the knee.

Nike has made the error of designing the women’s tights with patterns from the pe’a.  The traditional art of tatau which carries much respect, sacredness and history has lost its meaning in the translation and Nike has caused much offense.   “This reduces [tatau] to patterned tights rather than assigning it the mana it warrants.”

If you wish to sign the petition to end the sale of the gear please click here.

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Traditional Samoan Pe'a

Traditional Samoan Pe'a. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Traditional Samoan Malu

Traditional Samoan Malu. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

TU by Hone Kouka Auckland season premieres this week

Category: Art, Events, Maori Art, Performance Art, Theatre
Tu - Tawata productions

Photo courtesy of Tawata Productions

Tu Dress Rehearsal 2010
Photo courtesy of Tawata Productions
Photo courtesy of Tawata Productions

Tawata Productions presents TU - a play inspired by Patricia Grace’s inspirational novel of the same name has been brought to life on stage by celebrated playwright and director Hone Kouka.

A majestic story of love, redemption, whanau and brotherhood weaving together text and image, TU is an epic tale set against 1940s New Zealand, the battlefields of Monte Cassino and post-war Te Tairawhiti on the North Island’s East Coast. After years of self imposed exile, old Tu is found and visited by his brother’s children. In search of answers, their presence triggers an unstoppable wave of memories that envelops TU and forces him to confront and embrace the ghosts of his past.



…a PROFOUND experience that goes to the heart…THEATREVIEW

…this beautifully paced production is a STANDOUT…THE LISTENER


When: Fri 19 July – Sat 27 July
Where: Q Auckland, 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Restrictions: All Ages
Tickets: Click here to buy your tickets 
Facebook: Join the event on Facebook here.