2017 Pacific Music Awards
Celebrating Pacific Music
Thursday 1st June
Vodafone Events Centre
Auckland, New Zealand
Supported by a sold out crowd, the 2017 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards were held on Thursday 1 June at the Sir Wool Fisher Arena, Vodafone Events Centre.
The Vodafone Pacific Music Awards, celebrate Pacific music and the theme for the 2017 awards was: "Nurturing the growth of our young shoots, we tell our own stories, we sing our own songs."
The evening began with a spectacular and beautiful opening performance by SUPA (SaintzUp Performing Arts). The performance was very emotional and brought many in the audience to tears. It was created to pay tribute to Opetaia Foa'i and the songs from Moana – and Opetaia was later presented with the Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement, for his work on the film.
16 awards were presented on the night and alongside celebrating our finalists and winners, there were live performances from the 2017 finalists Aaradhna, Kings, Kylie Auldist, SWIDT, Tommy Nee, La Coco, and Three Houses Down. Every performer provided a once in a lifetime performance – making this one of the biggest and best live showcases of Pacific music to be seen.
The final award of the night was the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Rahui Vaka a.k.a. Brother Love. Best known for his 1996 classic ‘Ruketekete Te Mamae (aka The Roimata Song’), Brother Love is a true icon of Cook Islands music. And there was no better way to close the awards night, than to have Brother Love himself perform.
The Vodafone Pacific Music Awards give us the chance to stop, come together and acknowledge the amazing work and boundless talents that exist within our Pacific music community. The night was a true celebration of Pacific music and Pacific culture – leaving everyone present beaming with pride in their people and in themselves.
The Pacific Music Awards Trust extends a sincere thank you to everyone who contributed to and participated in the awards – and to all the audience for sharing our Pacific music celebration!