Misadventures of a Pacific Professional

A new web series slated for release on 8 March 2019 – on International Women’s Day- tackles issues of unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion in the work life of a Pacific professional woman.



Currently in production Misadventures of a Pacific Professional is a six part web series created by wife and husband duo Tupe Solomon-Tanoa’i, and Esera Tanoa’I, directed by Reina Va’ai, filmed by Abe Mora, and will star Lagi Farani - an exciting new player on the Pacific acting scene.


Boasting a cast of established actors including Gerald Urquhart, Matthew Chamberlain, and Tammy Davis, the series revolves around Alofa Williams - a young Pasifika woman climbing the corporate ladder.


Constantly bumping up against unconscious bias in the workplace, Alofa must find an authentic way of dealing with the bias which prompts an internal struggle between the part of her that was raised to be humble, and the part of her that descended from warriors.


“We have two main goals in telling this story. The first is to diversify the narrative around Pacific women,” says Solomon-Tanoa’i.


“The second is to hold a mirror up to NZ society so that people might become more aware of their unconscious bias and be better placed to do something about it.”


Director Reina Va’ai says as more Pacific people gain access to opportunities in education, our narrative is beginning to change.


“We are making valuable contributions in so many different spheres of society. As we enter these spaces, predominantly occupied by Palagi people, we are disturbing the status quo.”


The creators hope the webseries will resonate with anyone interested in a more diverse and inclusive workplace, and that it will empower a new generation of women leaders.


“This story is one that encourages us all, regardless of your background, to acknowledge the issues that minorities face. To not be a passive bystander but to stand up and be part of the solution,” says Va’ai.


Misadventures of a Pacific Professional is an independent production made with the help of the Ministry of Pacific Peoples, Tagata Pasifika, Prestige Law, and Manukau Institute of Technology.