I attended this on Saturday night along with my son and colleagues, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, Charles Chauvel, Su’a William Sio and Carol Beaumont. This is the third Pacific Music Awards that I’ve attended and I have to say – that for me and my son it is one of the highlight events of the year.
The media interest increased dramatically this year – with over 10 television crews and at least 5 radio stations present. This event will only get bigger – infact it looks like the Telstra clear Stadium might not be big enough to host it moving forward.
My colleague Su’a often refers to our Pacific people as the ‘Young, beautiful and gifted’ and I have to say – that this event is testiment to that statement. Lets hope that which ever party is in Government – they continue to invest in the talent that exists across all communities. Our arts are integral to the uniqueness of Aotearoa and the Pacific arts are a big part of our shared space in the Pacific. We should take pride in showcasing our arts at every opportunity and ensure that the funding we provide to this sector, demonstrates a commitment to ongoing growth. Labour did a great job of this – but it must continue under National.
Congratulations to all of our wonderful Pacific Artists and to the Pacific Music Awards Committee who work tirelessly to make this the fantastic event it is:
- Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua
- Sina Moore
- Tom Etuata
- Petrina George
- Noma Sio
There were so many highlights on the night but for me the main highlights were:
1. The MCs Yolande Ah Chong and Alpha Maiava. Move over every single NZ comedian – these two were fantastic!
2. The MIT Lifetime achievement award going to Ardijah – My God I love this group!
3. The Adeaze tribute to Ardijah – they did an beautiful rendition of Ardijahs song ‘Watching You’ (one of my favourites)
4. The tribute to Pauly Fuemana (who unfortunately passed away earlier in the year)