Activity: ‘The New Pasifika Creators Accelerator Program’ is New Zealand’s first program designed to place talented emerging Pacific creatives living in New Zealand with high-profile, established Pacific-led production companies to provide on-the-ground training, mentorship, networking and skills development. The program has been designed by Team Moana, a new Pacific-led collective of four high-profile production companies. The goal of the collective is to create a pipeline of new Pacific talent by providing sought after opportunities that will help provide essential credits necessary to gain entrance into the industry. The program has been devised as an annual program for four highly talented emerging Pacific creatives.
December 2021 Update: The Moana Collective have successfully identified eight Pasifika candidates and four mentors for up coming Pacific projects, either in development, or in production over the next two years. Two of those candidates have been contracted for productions happening in December 2021 and January 2022.
April 2022 Update: The project had acquired 2 new mentees through projects: Hope Papalii (Samoan descent) as Producer Mentee; and Tiare Kelly (Cook Island) as composer mentee. The next productions will look to take place in May and June 2022, where two new mentees will be taken on. This project is travelling well.