Celebrating the diversity of Pacific music

The annual Vodafone Pacific Music Awards celebrate and honour Pacific artists and their music. NZ On Air is a proud sponsor of the event and funds the NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video and NZ On Air Radio Airplay awards.

The Pacific Music awards celebrate the diversity of Pacific music and honour Pasifika artists and achievements.

The awards debuted at Pasifika festival in March 2005 and due to it’s success, the Pacific Music Awards Council (PMAC) have since developed the event into a significant feature in the NZ Music industry calendar. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the awards and the history of the awards was commemorated at the event.

The PMAC is a charitable trust whose objective is:

‘To create and manage an event that acknowledges the success of Pacific artists, celebrates and promotes excellence in Pacific music and encourages young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement.’

NZ On Air funds the NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video award and the NZ On Air Radio Airplay award, spending a total of $16,000 in supporting the Pacific Music Awards.


Smashproof - Survivors (Directed by Chris Graham)


Brooke Fraser for Kings and Queens

We congratulate the many finalists and winners for other awards who are also NZ On Air supported artists, including Team Dynamite, 

Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua, (Vodafone Pacific Music Awards Trust chairperson,) says the awards celebrate some of the vast musical talent of New Zealand’s Pacific artists.

'Pacific musicians have been at the forefront of this musical wave for years. From Bill Wolfgramm, Bill Sevesi and his Islanders to the Yandall Sisters, Annie Crummer, Tigilau Ness to Herbs, OMC, King Kapisi, Che Fu, UPR and Dawn Raid, to the next wave with Kas Futialo, Nesian Mystik, Scribe, Smash Proof, Aaradhna. Then with today’s stars like Sole Mio, David Dallas and Ladi 6 leading the way, we continue to be blessed with Pacific excellence. The 10th Anniversary is a milestone for those gone before and those yet to come, honouring a proud Pacific musical tradition.'

The awards ceremony was on the 13th of June at the Vodafone Events Centre and the full results from the evening are available here.

Also funded by NZ On Air

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