Tagata Pasifika

tvnz_logoblockquote>TVNZ has today announced its intention to invite independent producers to take on production of all its Maori and Pacific programmes from next year, with the exception of Te Karere.

TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says the move would align Maori and Pacific programmes such as Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika with other TVNZ commissioned local productions and create an attractive opportunity for New Zealand’s independent production community.

“We remain fully committed to reflecting New Zealand’s unique cultural identity and diversity on screen and we respect our special role under legislation to do so. The obligation is set, our commitment remains – what we want to do is to step aside from the in-house production of these programmes. Continue reading »


NZ On Air is investing just over $9.5 million in content for a wide range of special interest audiences on television and digital media platforms.

In its latest funding decisions, NZ On Air has committed to 10 television and three digital media projects for special interest audiences.

A new six-part series supported for TV3 will focus on the practice of arranged marriages, which continues in some cultures today in New Zealand. Arranged will be made by Notable Pictures, who also produce the returning series Both Worlds. Continue reading »

11:40pm Thursday, June 7 on TV One

Tagata Pasifika presents coverage from the 2012 Pacific Music Awards, held at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau.

Hosted by Tagata Pasifika reporter Marama Papau and rapper Dei Hamo, the event is entering its eighth year honouring and celebrating Pacific artists and their music.

Top nominees for the awards include David Dallas and Adeaze. Dallas, who splits his time between New York and New Zealand, is nominated for Best Pacific Male Artist, for his critically acclaimed 2011 album ‘The Rose Tint’.

The album has also earned Dallas nominations for Best Pacific Urban Artist, Best Pacific Song and Best Pacific Music Album. Adeaze will go head-to-head with Dallas in three of those four categories.

Viewers can expect star performances, awards night glamour and the best of New Zealand Pacific music and culture.

Missed an episode of Tagata Pasifika? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

TVNZ is proud to announce a milestone shared by few other New Zealand programmes – the 25 year anniversary of Waka Huia and Tagata Pasifika, and the 20th anniversary of Marae Investigates.

Waka Huia was created in 1987 after the success of the Te Māori exhibition that went around the world. Originally a history programme, Waka Huia tells the stories that were not being passed on to the next generation. Continue reading »

Sunday 5 June 2011, 10.30 pm on Maori Television

Pacific Island magazine show including news, profiles and interviews. Presented by Angela Tiatia and Tom Natoealofa.

10:55pm Thursday, October 7 on TV One

TV ONE’s local series examining issues that affect New Zealand’s Pacific community Tagata Pasifika, is running a 12 week campaign called Walk the Talk healthy living movement.

60 per cent of the Kiwi Pacific community is overweight, and almost all the Tagata Pasifika reporters are well over 100 kilograms. Instead of just reporting on the health issues, the reporters have agreed not just to talk the talk but to walk the talk and go on a weight loss and healthy eating course themselves.

They are following four different training types including; a cost approach (gym training, boxing and personal training); a low-cost approach (work outs and home exercise techniques); and a no-cost approach (self training). Showing viewers the different types of exercise options available that may fit into their own lifestyle and budgets.

Every week viewers see how the reporters have progressed through their weigh-ins and fitness tests. Additionally, each week the show covers a particular topic, including diabetes, liver problems, gout, over-eating and healthy cooking.

Senior director, Tagaloatele Osone Okesene has worked for Tagata Pasifika for 20 years, he weighs 179 kilograms and has a body fat measurement of 44.7 per cent, (12-18 per cent is considered normal), and was just diagnosed with type two diabetes. Okesene is of Samoan and Niuean decent.

Okesene explains why he agreed to walk the talk, “as a journalist you report on stories about health, you’re trying to show people a good way to live, and yet you are not walking the talk, you’re not doing it yourself.”

Asked why this is so important to him, Okesene responds, “I just want to be there for my kids, be there for my family, the path I was taking before starting this, well I was definitely going to be in a box in the next 10 to 15 years maybe and that’s the reality of it.”

Okesene says he has found the fitness training challenging. “I’m just using my mind to try and block out as much pain as I can. You’re doing these exercises where you’re getting up and down off the ground and you know your guts are in the way!” he says.

Also taking part in the challenge are fellow presenters, Marama Papau (91 kilograms), Adrian Stevanon (115kilograms), John Pulu (118 kilograms), Ngaire Fuata (82 kilograms) and John Utanga (133 kilograms).

Episodes of Tagata Pasifika are repeated at 7.30am on Sundays.

Missed an episode of Tagata Pasifika? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button.

Tagata Pasifika, New Zealand’s flagship Pacific Island show relaunches with a new format and look, Thursday 10 September, at 11pm on TV ONE.

Now in its 23rd season, Tagata Pasifika serves the Pacific Island communities in New Zealand and increasingly in the South Pacific Region via TVNZ’s Pacific Service.

General Manager of Maori and Pacific Programmes at TVNZ, Paora Maxwell, is excited by the changes. “The Pacific Communities are an integral part of New Zealand, and Tagata Pasifika has an important role to reflect these communities on New Zealand’s screens. The show’s revamp will continue to engage with Pasifika communities.”

Acting producer, John Utanga, says Tagata Pasifika must continually seek to engage with its audience, and the structuring of the show and story selection will achieve that, while staying true to its Pacific roots.

Tagata Pasifika’s new presenters, Angela Tiatia and Tom Natoealofa both grew up in the Pacific communities in South Auckland. Angela, who is also currently studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts, is no stranger to television screens having appeared in Shortland Street and many modelling assignments.

Tom, who is completing a Pacific Island Performing Arts Diploma, says he is delighted to be Tagata Pasifika’s co-presenter. He’s from a theatrical background and is a proud Samoan.

Beatrice Faumuina, the show’s presenter for the last four years, has left TVNZ to pursue other commitments and opportunities. She wishes the programme well for the future.

Tagata Pasifika screens Thursday nights at 11pm and Sunday mornings at 7.30am on TV ONE. Tagata Pasifika also screens on TVNZ 7.

PACIFIC BEAT STREET & TAGATA PASIFIKA – Saturday March 17 at 8.00 PM and 8.30 PM

It’s the all-new Pacific Island hour, delivering first a hit of styles, trends and issues from the funky Pacific Beat Street guys and girls, followed by the latest news stories on Tagata Pasifika, presented by seriously divine Robbie Magasiva and sporting diva Beatrice Faumuina.