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SPASIFIK Magazine Issue 68 out now!

 

TERRY TEO returns to our screens this summer but not as you may remember. The Maori/Samoan hero will careen onto primetime television updated for newer audiences. We chat to the stars KAHN WEST and HANNA TEVITA about their roles as the wise-crackin’ Terry and his butt-kicking sister, Polly.

 

We get to know KINGS, the man behind the smash summer hit Don’t Worry Bout it, released in the middle of our winter. Between Don’t Worry Bout it going platinum and the release of his self-titled EP we hear what makes the producer and musician tick.

 

In UPFRONT we check out the latest Pacific Fusion fashion and a certain model who carried the TONGAN FLAG and broke the internet during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. We celebrate the gold-winning FIJIAN SEVENS TEAM making Fiji the first Pacific Island nation to win Gold at the Olympics. And we have a Q&A with MARLEY SOLA who returns to the NZ music scene as a solo artist.

 

After winning the bi-annual Lexus Song Quest for 2016 BARITONE BENSON WILSON is in London with a scholarship to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, but not before revealing his motivations and future goals.

 

American soldiers stationed across the Pacific fathered children during World War II. What happened to them? We have a BOOK EXTRACT from Mothers Darlings of the South Pacific: The children of indigenous women and US servicemen, World War II, edited by Judith A Bennett & Angela Wanhalla, focusing on the Cook Islands by ROSEMARY ANDERSON.

 

In SPORT, INNES LOGAN catches up with American football legends JESSE SAPULU and MA’A TANUVASA while they are in Auckland as part of their Polynesian Football of Fame Goodwill Tour of Samoa, NZ and Australia.

 

Columnist PAEA WOLFGRAMM, the first athlete to box himself to a silver medal- the first Olympic medal for a Pacific Island nation in the 1996 Atlanta Games, returns to SPASIFIK to discuss how the Pacific’s Olympic athletes have progressed.

 

VICTOR VAN WETERING speaks to the curator of the Auckland Festival of Photography’s Ata Te Tangata which showcases work by 12 contemporary Maori and Pacific photographers countering mythologies of the Pacific.

 

Our photo essay features the 100-strong Aotearoa delegation shone at the 12TH FESTIVAL OF PACIFIC ARTS IN GUAM showcasing Maori and NZ-based Pacific artists.

 

The PACIFIC BUSINESS TRUST AWARDS celebrate the successes of Pacific business and executives. Check out the winners decked out in their best for the awards ceremony.

 

Watch out for Issue 68 of SPASIFIK for all this, plus more features, columns, and books to keep you up-to-date and entertained.

 

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