Creative Arts, Fashion, Your Stories

Apela Bell

With over 27 thousand followers on Instagram, Samoan-born photographer Apela Bell has wowed the New Zealand fashion industry with his creative eye. At only 21 years of age he’s shot lookbooks for New Zealand designers, editorials for magazines and most recently collaborated with Parris Goebel for her music debut. Talanoa intern Falen Tuuga Stevenson sits […]

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Creative Arts, Your Stories

David Riley and Pasifika Heroes

David Riley is a Pasifika storyteller.  His ancestral roots tie him to Scotland and Ireland, but his Pasifika ties run deep. A teacher, author and publisher, his books connect young Pasifika people with familiar faces, names and heroes they can relate to.  His own story begins in Māngere, Auckland where he grew up. He eventually […]

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Creative Arts, Your Stories

Serene Timoteo

Serene Timoteo is an Auckland-based artist who translates the negative perception of “Plastic Samoan” into beautiful art. Talanoa Intern Iunisi Vaiaku explores identity, culture and what Serene wants to achieve with her modern-Pacific take on art, and the positive impact it can have on today’s generation of young Pacific people. (Video is directed, produced and […]

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Creative Arts, Your Stories

Chelsea Jessie-Rae Costello

When I first met Chelsea, I was instantly drawn to her. There’s a likeness in her spirit that’s articulated beautifully even before she speaks. This is a story of her life’s journey – her love for art and the driving force behind her happiness. I hope you’ll see her passion, her work and take away […]

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Creative Arts, Your Stories

FONU Jewellery and Anga’aefonu Bain-Vete

Anga’aefonu Bain-Vete is the founder of FONU Jewellery, a “Melbourne-based Fiji brand that celebrates Pacific heritage story-telling & textiles through luxe urban jewellery”. From the beautiful melting pot of a diverse cultural heritage, Anga’aefonu presents a unique art – but the transition between artist and business-woman hasn’t been a smooth one. We hope you love […]

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Creative Arts, Your Stories

Joshua Savieti and ICON Tonga

If you’re the youngest in the family, you’ll know exactly what Joshua Savieti is talking about when he says he grew up on the receiving end of his siblings’ and parents’ every request. Today, he’s the Director of ICON, an organisation that aims to “restore and redeem the youth in Tonga, making them contributing citizens […]

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Creative Arts, Your Stories

Alexia and Rae Photography Samoa

In a place as majestic and vibrant as the Pacific, it’s easy to understand why anyone would want to be a photographer. For Alexia Rae, her journey began on a remote island in Fiji, exploring the stars and the shoreline before stumbling on photography. In the years to come, her love of being behind the […]

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Creative Arts, Your Stories

MissTez

Terri, founder of MissTez is someone we’ve had our eye on for a while! We’ve always been interested in her work, but it wasn’t until we had the chance to interview her, did we realise just how amazing she really is. We love her work, her open minded attitude, willingness to learn and especially the time […]

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Creative Arts, Tech, Your Stories

UrbanNesian and Lainee Fagafa

We love following and supporting the work of up and coming designers from the Pacific, and that’s how we found UrbanNesian and their amazing work – created and designed to match the identity of a young Samoan woman raised in America, who combined her talent of art and design with graphic design. We’re excited to […]

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