When the Brush paints Oceania


Originally posted the 15 December 2017 on Star Central Magazine 

The paint and the brush came together and illustrated a beautiful picture called the Oceania Women Opera, with recurring strokes of faith, heritage and music. Donina Va’a, Project Director/Lead Executive Pacific Women’s Professional Business Network INC and Maestro Iglese Ete, an esteemed composer, the said paint and brush, were the geniuses behind showcase on 30th November, held at the Chatswood Concourse. Amongst the bumbling audience were the Crown Group, which are the event’s primary sponsors, Lindt, Cerrone, Bite Size and Crunch Fitness.

The Oceania Women’s Opera is a tribute to two important academics, the late Professor Epeli Hau’ofa and the late Teresia Teaiwa, whose research in Pacific Islander culture is ground-breaking. Continue reading “When the Brush paints Oceania”

Pacific International Runaway 2017

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A Star Central Magazine Original Article 

“Witness the Movement,” is the tagline to the Pacific International Runaway. Those compelling yet straightforward three words encapsulate the importance of diversity, in the name of fashion. On the 21st October 2017, the movement has indeed sprung up again, bigger than ever, as it was held at the prestigious venue, the Star, Sydney. Amongst the many attendees that came to the event were notable Pacific Islander VIPs which include; Selena Short, CEO of Crunch Fitness, Caleb Jarvis of Trade Commissioner for Pacific Trade InvestAus and Her Excellency Hinauri Petana (High Commissioner of Samoa to Australia.), etc. Continue reading “Pacific International Runaway 2017”

Arias 2017: Bold Statements,Diversity and Rock’n’ Roll.

Photo Credit: News.com.au Stars of the Arias: Vance Joy, Vera Blue and Isaiah

Award ceremonies are known for acknowledging an artist’s achievement, but it also a vehicle for change and bold political statements. This year at the Arias we see multiculturalism being embraced, diversity celebrated, blood sweat and tears rewarded. It was a chaotic day on November 30th, 2017.  The likes of Australian music royalty such as; PNAU, Amy Shark, AB Original, Dan, Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers, Illy, Flume and Client Liaison, Peking Duk, Vance Joy,  graced the red carpet with their glittering and flamboyant presence.  It’s Star Central Magazine’s first coverage of the Arias. Continue reading “Arias 2017: Bold Statements,Diversity and Rock’n’ Roll.”

Film Review: The Florida Project


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Originally posted on Star Central Magazine on 13 October 2017

Most people always dubbed Disney World as “the happiest place on Earth,”—a truism that has been etched in everyone’s minds and has come to symbolise a magical sanctuary for children and adults alike.  However, “The Florida Project,” tells a different story of a marginalised community that lives in shadows of Disney World’s merry exterior. Continue reading “Film Review: The Florida Project”

Film Review- The Man Who Invented Christmas


Originally posted on 4th October 2017 on Star Central Magazine

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is a kind of tale that you would like to share amongst a group of bright-eyed children near a crackling fireplace and a Christmas spruce. There is something about this Charles Dickens’ classic novella that encapsulates the warmth and joy of Christmas. Based on the same book title “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” by Les Standiford, the film is vivid re-invention of a classic novel where it ventures to the imaginative mind of Charles Dickens. Continue reading “Film Review- The Man Who Invented Christmas”