SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards Celebrates Pasifika Success

The third annual SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards was celebrated on November 15 and saw an amazing calibre of winners, including our very own Oceania Media Director Innes Logan; who won a Pacific Enterprise Award sponsored by the Pacific Business Trust.



A night of Pacific glitz and glamour, streaming live on Tagata Pasifika to be aired November 25, saw a multitude of Pasifika come together in celebration of the incredible achievements of some of our Pacific people within our communities.


The winners


Pacific Emerging Leadership Award, sponsored by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples saw the 2016 Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Award recipient Samoan Josiah Tualamali'i and Niuean music artist Tommy Ikitogia aka Tommy Nee awarded.


The Pacific Education Awards, sponsored by AUT, went to the astounding Niusila Faamanatu-Eteuati who lectures in Samoan studies at Victoria University, and amazing Metua Daniel-Atutolu who is a senior nurse and lecturer at MIT for the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific.


Pacific Health and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by the Pacific Media Network, went to two Pacific people seen to improve the lives and wellbeing of our communities.


These include 16-year-old Paralympic swimmer Tupou Neiufi, who is also a paraswimmer coach teaching young children with disabilities how to swim and Dave Letele aka the Brown Buttabean who lost 90kgs and launched a website Buttabean Motivation to help others do the same. During Dave’s acceptance speech, he even got the audience get up and do some fitness.


A new award to encourage young Pacific medical students into general practice, the Procare Top Pacific Medical Student Award, sponsored by Procare Health Ltd, went to a young Samoan Ana Blakelock.


The Pacific Enterprise Awards, sponsored by the Pacific Business Trust, went to Innes Logan and Josiah Pasikale.


The first recipient, Innes Logan for building, growing and entrenching Oceania Media Limited in the fast growing, competitive world of media.


And the second, Josiah Pasikale is an owner of visual content agency Firetale Films, which provides visual content to help people market their brands.


Pacific Community Leadership Award, sponsored by Pasifika Futures saw the amazing Phylesha Brown-Acton, who put a call out for more acceptance of the LGBTQI community amongst Pacific people and well known Otara-proud youth worker Allan Va'a.


The awards were streamed live on Facebook by Tagata Pasifika. Watch it below, or watch it at 9:30am on TV1, Saturday November 25 .