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A collective of creatives who make shows and events - based in Christchurch, NZ with Pasifika heritage, culture, background, and beliefs...Welcome facebookers! Check out our photos, events and shows.
Starting out in theatre the group produced and toured 5 main bill theatre shows and 10 school shows for secondary schools around New Zealand. Since it's beginnings in 1993, PU became most well known for producing plays:- "Fresh Off The Boat" by Oscar Kightley and Simon Small ('93-'95); Sons" by Victor Rogers ('95); "Tatau Rites of Passage" ('95&'96); Dawn Raids ('97 & '98) by Oscar Kightley, the hilarious "Romeo and Tusi" ('97-'2001) by Oscar Kightley and Erolia Ifopo; Island Summer (2005) by Pos Mavaega and their latest hit comedy play called 'Angels' by Tanya Muagututi'a and Joy Vaele.
PU's newest gig is Pacific Roots South a joint venture with Navigators/ Freedom Roadworks members Pip Laufiso and Hiliako of Dunedin. Pacific Roots South is a gig that promotes and supports bands, and artists from the South Island - starting in Christchurch and Dunedin with the ultimate mission to tour groups around New Zealand, the Pacific and the world.
PU delivered ten Pacific Arts festivals since 2001 ending with 'Ten - Pacific Arts in 2010. The event brought the Pacific's most well known artists to CHCH in shows, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations - artists such as:- Albert Wendt, Fatu Feu'u, Oscar Kightley, The Naked Samoans, Adeaze, Nesian Mystic, Michel Tuffery, Sheyne Tuffery, Stone Maka, Lonni Hutchinson, Cydel and the Groovehouse, The Feelstyle, Toni Huata, Koile, Petelo Pita Suluape, Riki Manuel, Cerisse Palalagi, The Laughing Samoans, Siosi Mulipola, Sunga, Mark Vanilau, Sheelahroc and Te Kotahitanga Kapa Haka. This event also provided essential professional development for PU's members to eventually work on festivals and gigs all around the country from Auckland's Pasifika Festival, Parihaka Peace Festival to AFFIRM and MANA (Aranui festivals) and Auckland's Diwali and Lantern festivals. This also enabled PU to host the CHCH leg of 'I Love the Islands' - a nation wide benefit concert that raised $344,000.00 for Samoa after its tragic tsunami, in September 2009.
Pacific Underground Music Production P.U.M.P is led by Pos Mavaega. PU's debut compilation CD called "Landmark'- by Anton Carter and co-produced with Chris Searle in 1999, was launched at Christchurch's Dux de Lux with future heavyweights in the NZ music scene - Scribe, Antsman (Rhombus), DJ Ali and Sheelahroc (Ladi 6, Ebone Fieldz) following a history of music projects: Island Summer; Soul Defined; PU Soul Me; and Drum 5.