Pacific Music Awards announces new format for 2021
Online awards ceremony to air Saturday 6th November
Due to ongoing Alert Level restrictions, the Pacific Music Awards Trust has decided to forgo a live event for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards.
The winners will instead be celebrated in an online awards ceremony on Saturday 6 November on the 7pm, screened by Tagata Pasifika on TP+ (tpplus.co.nz). This will be pre-recorded in line with Alert Level restrictions and include performances from a number of finalists.
Rev Mua Strickson-Pua says "The Pacific Music Awards Trust extends their alofa to Aotearoa. We are thinking of the saogalemu (safety) and manuia (wellbeing) of our communities and share our support during this time. We acknowledge the historic moment, the hard work of everyone involved and this opportunity to comfort, empower, and affirm our community.
“Despite the challenges we face with COVID-19 and the current Alert Level conditions, we will strive forward and are excited to put on an awesome awards event, to celebrate the Pacific music community. We hope you will join us from the comfort of your own bubble.
“We encourage everyone to stay safe, look after your loved ones, your families and be kind to each other. Together we are keeping to our tikanga and fa'avae, with wairua and alofa.”
If Auckland’s Alert Level 3 status is extended into November, the Pacific Music Awards Trust will consider a new plan for the event.
For further support or information on COVID-19, you to check the following websites:
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 the PMAC set about developing an annual event as a significant highlight of the New Zealand music industry calendar. The awards committee 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.
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The Cause Collective for the Samoa Tutū Fa’atasi movement, which is working towards mobilising our Samoan community to make the decision to get vaccinated. Samoa Tutū Fa’atasi means “Samoa Stand together”, with the team sharing that we can beat Covid if we stand together, collectively respond and decide to get the Covid-19 vaccination.
The Samoa Tutū Fa’atasi movement is preparing for the next vaccination event. The call is to “Rally Your Village” and the event will be held over 4 days: Friday 1 to Monday 4 October, at the Vodafone Events Centre.
Our Pacific Music Awards Trust is supporting this movement by sharing information and content. We are encouraging anyone who needs to be vaccinated, to attend one of the planned vaccination events; and for others to be involved and support the movement. The levels of involvement can vary, and it could be sharing the promo content to your family and networks; or posting your own vaccination story and photos on the Facebook page; or you could do a short video and tell others to go along to one of the vaccination events.
Here is the link to the Facebook page that has been created for more information and to see the stories and testimonies shared to date: https://www.facebook.com/SamoaTutuFaatasi
Thanks in advance for your support and for helping our Samoan community. Lets come together as a community and get vaccinated.
Today in Auckland our Pacific community have 3 locations for drive through vaccination events.
Take this opportunity to be vaccinated – encouraging you to do this for your families and communities. All three are drive through events, no appointments are needed and all are welcome!
Announcing the Waiata Māori Iconic Award recipients 2021 and that WMMA will be going online!
Organisers of the National Waiata Māori Music Awards have had to make the tough decision yet again to move the 2021 event online, with safety of the people being a the priority.
It comes after the Government announced Auckland will stay at alert level 4 for now while the rest of the country, south of Tāmaki will soon go to level 2. The awards event was due to be held on Friday 10th September in Hawke’s Bay. Traditionally, a large number of guests and finalists would come from all over Aotearoa, as well as some from overseas to celebrate our award recipients.
This year we announce two of our iconic award recipients, former politician, educator and kapa haka exponent Tā Pita Sharples is this year’s recipient of the Waiata Māori Awards “Te Tohu Kaitiaki Tikanga Pūoru - Keeper of Tradition” iconic award.
The award recognises Tā Pita’s lifelong contribution to the retention and promotion of traditional waiata, through not only education but also in his role establishing and leading Tāmaki based kapa haka Te Roopū Manutaki which he set up in 1968.
Waiata Māori Awards executive director Ellison Huata says Tā Pita has shown tremendous leadership throughout the years and for over half a century has provided young urban Māori a haven to celebrate cultural identity.
“To honour Tā Pita this year at the Waiata Māori Awards is a celebration of his dedication and love of all things Māori. Te Roopū Manutaki has given Aotearoa a wealth of iconic waiata Māori and his nomination was well supported.”
Tā Pita of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Te Kikiri o te Rangi and Ngāti Pahauwera was brought up in Waipawa and educated at Takapau Primary, Waipukurau District High School and Te Aute College. He led the establishment of intertribal marae Hoani Waititi in West Auckland and founded the country’s first kura kaupapa Māori in 1985.
Among his list of achievements includes the creation of the New Zealand National School of Māori Weaponry, the Race Relations Office Chief Executive Officer from 1972, 1980 and 2000, He Tohunga Toi Huarewa o Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu, Māori Party co-leader from 2004 to 2013 and is a member of the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi Taumata.
Joining Tā Pita this year in receiving an iconic award is singer Che Fu who is the recipient of this year’s Te Tohu o te Ahumahi Pūoru - Music Industry Award which celebrates success and contribution to music.
Che Fu, a founding member of the band Supergroove, rose to fame when he featured on DLT’s production of number one hit 'Chains'. As a solo artist, he has sold thousands of albums both in New Zealand and internationally. His first three studio albums received platinum and gold sales and produced hits that have become entrenched into New Zealand song history.
Che Fu is of Tainui and Ngāti Raukawa descent on his mother Miriama Rauhihi Ness’ side and Niuean on his father Tigilau Ness’ side, Che Fu is relentless in his dedication to taking music to the country.
Ellison Huata says recognising Che and Tā Pita’s contribution to Māori music is a wonderful end to Māori Music Month. There will still be an awards event for 2021, to acknowledge all recipients but there will be an online version, to be held at the later date of October 9.
“We plan to run it as an online, virtual event but still have a presence at Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, the venue where we planned to run the awards event this year.”
Ellison said it would be a mixture of pre-recorded material and live performances for the virtual event which will be streamed online.
“We know a lot of people will be disappointed, we wanted this year’s awards event to be a positive way to bring people through the challenges of 2020 & 2021. We still want people to tune in to watch this year’s awards event, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our Māori singers, songwriters and performers."
Waiata gives so much to the mind, body and soul and it’s just one reason that
we should celebrate our own!
National Waiata Maori Music Awards 2021
Sept 7th: Iconic Recipients announced
October 9: Winners announced at the National Waiata Māori Music Awards online event.
For media inquires:
National Waiata Māori Music Awards Executive director, Ellison Huata:
Publicist contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile: 027 4618653
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