26 August 2021
2021 Pacific Music Awards to be postponed
New date Friday 8 October, subject to Alert Levels
With the recent move into Alert Level Four, the Pacific Music Awards Trust has decided to postpone the 2021 Pacific Music Awards, which were scheduled for Wednesday 1 September.
Due to the restrictions on gatherings and events at Alert Level Four and Alert Level Three, the event will be postponed until Friday 8 October.
The format of the rescheduled event will be subject to Alert Levels at the time. Please check our website and social media for more details and updates.
The Pacific Music Awards Trust extends their thoughts to Aotearoa. We are thinking of the safety and wellbeing of our communities and share our support during this challenging time. We encourage everyone to stay safe, stay home, look after your loved ones, your families and be kind to each other. If you need support or information we encourage you to check the following websites:
Issued for the Pacific Music Awards by Pead
About the Pacific Music Awards:
In 2004 the Pacific Music Awards Committee (PMAC) was formed to realise a vision and the inaugural Pacific Music Awards debuted at Pasifika Festival in March 2005. Encouraged by the success of the awards, PMAC set about developing an annual event as a significant highlight of the NZ music industry calendar. PMAC later formed a Charitable Trust to organise and host the awards, and are driven by a simple core objective: to create and manage an event that acknowledges the success of Pacific artists, celebrates and promotes excellence in Pacific music and encourages young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement.
Contact: Adam Warin, Pead | 021 029 01388 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Community Leaders urge Government for a true community-led mobilisation approach
Monday 23 August 2021
The government-designed vaccination roll out has not mobilised our Pacific communities to respond.
Pacific have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country and shows the current vaccination strategies are not working for Pacific peoples. This is despite millions of dollars being allocated towards Covid-19 vaccination stations, communications, and PR companies to drive awareness and engagement.
Two Pacific Clinical Health Experts that are also members of the government’s COVID-19 response teams, have expressed their concerns about the effectiveness of the strategies. Dr Collin Tukuitonga, has expressed that the DHB’s mass vaccination event held in Manukau, earlier this month, was ineffective in reaching Māori and Pacific communities. Furthermore, Dr Api Talemaitoga said “the event lacked Māori and Pasifika input.”
Current vaccination rollout strategies are highly top-down in approach and lack authentic Pacific community dialogue or initiative. There have been some positive gains in information dissemination, however they have failed to mobilise Pacific communities to be vaccinated. To increase Pacific vaccination numbers requires a “by community for community approach” that is a bottom-up approach.
The Pacific Response to Covid-19 Team (PRCT), is a committee of the Pacific Leadership Forum (PLF) and represents up to 10 Pacific ethnic groups from across the country. The PRCT has been active since March 2020 to provide a community response to the Covid-19 outbreak. The PRCT was pivotal in mobilising Pacific communities to get COVID-19 tested at the Otara South Seas site in April 2020, when Pacific testing was low. In August 2020, the PRCT collaborated with Pacific providers to set up a pop-up community testing station at a Mangere church, when a government response was not forthcoming.
Pacific communities are at risk during the rising pandemic, and we must take community action. The government rhetoric and top-down approach imposed on our communities continues inequitable outcomes.
To increase vaccination uptake for Pacific communities, a truly community designed, partnered approach that is resourced is required to equip and empower our leaders to mobilise their communities across the nation. Pacific people stand with Māori when they fervently say “He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.”
Pakilau o Aotearoa Manase Lua, PRCT Chair and Tongan Community Leader, 027 215 7759, email@example.com
Our Pacific Music Awards Trust extends their thoughts everyone in Aotearoa and in particular our Pacific music community right now. We are once again in challenging times and our first thoughts are about the safety and well-being of our community.
For now, we are not sure of the implications for our Pacific Music Awards ceremony, which we have planned for Wednesday 1 September. We are waiting on more information and we will let you know about any change to the event as soon as we can.
If you need support or information these are the main websites to go to:
We also extend a big thank you to everyone who voted for our SunPix People’s Choice Award. It has been great to see the love and support shown for our 2021 finalists. We thought we would continue this support and share the gift of music. Here is the link to our 2021 Finalist Spotify playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0nyOHTcDhFYtkG5STwViYd... or go through to Spotify and find our playlist there.
Enjoy listening to the music of our amazing 2021 Pacific Music Awards finalists.
We encourage everyone to stay safe, stay home, look after your loved ones and families; and be kind.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards, which is being held on Wednesday 1 September, at the Vodafone Events Centre.
Be there to share the award presentations and witness the amazing live performances. After having to move the ceremony online last year, we are so happy to be back live and direct for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards. As it is all about our artists and celebrating Pacific music, we have added more performances to the show this year. The awards event will feature live performances by the 2021 finalists, as well as special tribute performances created for the event.
Tickets are on sale now through Eventfinda:
Phone sales: 800 BUY TIX (289 849)
Save the date of Wednesday 1 September and book your tickets now!
We are also in our last days to vote for the coveted SunPix People’s Choice Award, for Best Pacific Artist. The artists confirmed as 2021 finalists are all up for this award, with the winner solely determined by public vote. Go to: www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz to check out the amazing artists, then click the “Vote Now” button to go through to the Poll page, to make your vote. Voting closes Thursday 19 August at 11.59pm.
Also listen to their music here on our 2021 Finalist Spotify playlist:
We hope you can come through to 2021 Pacific Music Awards to support our Pacific music artists and enjoy the awesome showcase of Pacific music!
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