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Makerita Urale

QUICK FACTS: NAME: Makerita Urale A.K.A: BIRTH DATE: PLACE OF BIRTH: Samoa EDUCATION:   KNOWN FOR: Writer, Theatre producer, Documentary filmmaker and a Senior Arts Adviser in the Pacific Arts at Creative New Zealand.   CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Senior Arts Adviser in the Pacific Arts at Creative New Zealand 2010 – Project Manager at …

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Lemi Ponifasio

QUICK FACTS: NAME: Lemi Ponifasio A.K.A: Sala Lemi Ponifasio BIRTH DATE: 1964 PLACE OF BIRTH: Lano, Samoa EDUCATION: Auckland University: Philosophy and politics VILLAGES IN SAMOA: His father is from Leava’a   KNOWN FOR: Founder of MAU, Choreographer and Director   CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 Awarded the 2013 Artist in Residence Award to the National University …

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Jay Lagaaia

QUICK FACTS: NAME: Jay Lagaaia A.K.A: Jay Lavea Lagaaia BIRTH DATE: September 10, 1963 PLACE OF BIRTH: New Zealand EDUCATION:   KNOWN FOR: Actor and Singer VILLAGES IN SAMOA:   SHORT BIO / CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Internationally known for his role as Captain Typho in the films ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and …

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Goretti Chadwick

QUICK FACTS: NAME: Goretti Chadwick A.K.A: BIRTH DATE: PLACE OF BIRTH: EDUCATION: UNITEC NZ: Diploma in Stage and Acting   KNOWN FOR: Writer, Actor and Director. She is a course director at the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA). Also appears on television show ‘FreshTV’ with Anapela Polataivao as comedy duo ‘Pani & Pani’ VILLAGES …

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Anapela Polataivao

QUICK FACTS: NAME: Anapela Polataivao A.K.A: BIRTH DATE: April 24, 1973 PLACE OF BIRTH: Auckland, New Zealand EDUCATION: Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School: Bachelor in Performing Arts   KNOWN FOR: Director, Actor and Acting Tutor at the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA). She is a founding member of pacific theatre company, Kila Kokonut Krew. …

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Parris Goebel

QUICK FACTS: NAME: Parris Goebel A.K.A: BIRTH DATE: PLACE OF BIRTH: Auckland, New Zealand EDUCATION:   KNOWN FOR: Dancer, Choreographer VILLAGES IN SAMOA:   SHORT BIO / CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: At 12, she discovered a love for hip hop music to express her style of dancing known as ‘Polyswagg’. At 15, she was offered a spot …

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Junior ‘Rikishi’ Fatu

Personal Life: Solofa Fatu Jr. (ring name: “Rikishi” born October 11, 1965 in San Francisco, California) is a former Professional Wrestler in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is part of the famous Anoa’i Wrestling dynasty as the nephew to Sika Anoa’i and Afa Anoa’i, known as the Wild Samoans. Rikishi is the brother of Eddie …

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Rich Talauega

Personal Life: Richmond ‘Rich’ Talauega (born in Richmond, California) is a professional Choreographer, and is one-half of the co-founding duo, with his brother Tone Talauega, of ‘Rich & Tone Productions’. Both brothers have worked together with high profile people in the music industry as well as movies and awards shows.   Professional Career: Talauega was …

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Tone Talauega

Personal Life: Anthony ‘Tone’ Talauega (born in Richmond, California) is a professional Choreographer, and is one-half of the co-founding duo, with his brother Rich Talauega, of the ‘Rich & Tone Productions’. Both brothers have worked with high profile names in the music industry as well as brand names such as Pepsi and Apple.   Professional …

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Dwayne The Rock Johnson

Personal Life: Seiuli Dwayne Douglas Johnson (ring name: “The Rock” born May 02, 1972, in Hayward, California) is a 3rd generation Professional Wrestler and Actor. Johnson is the son of Ata Maivia Johnson and Rocky Johnson – a former wrestler and inductee of the 2008 WWE Hall of Fame. Johnson’s grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia …

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