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SPASIFIK Magazine Issue 69 out now!


CRUISE THE PACIFIC seas on our COVER with Pacific Business Trust Award-winner Mark Donaldson of Marinelogix.


In UPFRONT we have a Q&A with Samoan-Iraqi BEN MIKHA, the first Pacific person to nab the Discovery Channel’s Intern gig and is currently documenting his time jetting between Singapore, London, Iceland, New York and Italy seeking new discoveries.


Pacific film continues to grow; SPASIFIK takes a look at the bilingual Wellington-set ONE THOUSAND ROPES and talks to the mind behind it TUSI TAMASESE along with one of the film’s stars, FRANKIE ADAMS.


Sample fine-dining Pacific cuisine with the launch of the new Mt Eden restaurant KAI PASIFIKA headed by Robert Oliver and Richard Hall.


We meet BERNADETTE PEREIRA, new President of longstanding PACIFICA Inc, and interview Colin Tuaa, the first Samoan and reputedly Pacific footballer to represent New Zealand.


Our BOOK EXTRACT is Kiwis rugby league international and professional rugby league player SIONE FAUMUINA’s tell-all autobiography, including his battles with alcohol.


The Best of E-TANGATA, edited by Tapu Misa and Gary Wilson, lets us share Laura Toailoa’s thought-provoking piece on the pitfalls of making sex a taboo topic amongst Pacific youth.


We also give our thoughts on a stunning collection of Oceanic stories Black Marks on the White Page edited by WITI IHIMAERA and TINA MAKERETI.


Check out the highs and lows backstage with LAUMATA LAUANO in our BACKSTAGE HUSTLE photo essay at ASB Polyfest 2017- which saw St Paul’s College’s triumphant return to the largest Maori and Pacific Island festival in the world.


Did you say Polyrock? In MUSIC we have Samoan rock band TRIBAL STATE, whose love of hard rock music sets them apart. They let us in on how they’ve managed to keep making music together for years in a genre not well-known by our people.


Ahead of this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography VICTOR VAN WETERING introduces three artists committed to exploring Pacific and gender identities to raise understandings of communities; PATI SOLOMONA TYRELL, TUAFALE TONOA’I aka LINDA T and JANET LILO.


We remember well-respected Pacific academic and friend TERESIA TEAIWA, who tragically and suddenly passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer, and farewell departing Ministry for Pacific Peoples Chief Executive of PAULINE WINTER.


Grab Issue 69 of SPASIFIK for all this, plus more features, columns, and books to keep you informed and entertained.