The Pacific Music Awards will be shared as an online presentation this Saturday 3 October at 7pm (NZT).

Watch the awards online at or on the Tagata Pasifika Facebook page HERE

A Tagata Pasifika special will be screened again on TV1 on Saturday 17 October, 9.30-11am.

The 2020 Pacific Music Awards will feature live performances by the new wave of Pacific artists:
Church & AP, Lomez Brown, Lou’ana, Shepherds Reign, Lani Alo, and Disciple Pati.

Chairman and spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua says given the current environment and our responsibility for our community, this is the best decision for the awards. “2020 Pacific Music Awards Online breaks new ground in the musical Malaga/journey of its being about our Musicians our Musika/music of Te Moana Nui-a-kiwa people of the Pacific Moana Oceania but importantly it is about building up our people with Musika of Resilience and Hope that’s why it is You & Us Family, Community & Society together united Kotahitanga Unity being that family of humanity for this time of moving into the unknown nga manaaki manuia blessings. Our Waka Va’a Vaka canoe of life as it travels through the ocean of uncertainty to our drum beats of Musika of Resilience and Hope.

We hope our audience around Aotearoa, the Pacific and the world, will be able to join us on both those dates. Amidst the waves of change, we have kept moving forward and this option allows us to maintain the celebration of our 2020 finalists and award recipients, and the connection with our community at this time,” says Petrina Togi-Sa’ena, Event Producer. “The Trust would like to sincerely thank our family of sponsors and funders for their support. We also acknowledge the event, production, television and media teams who collaborated to find the best way to deliver the awards event this year. To create the online and television content, we will film and capture as much live content as we can, and we will absolutely ensure we adhere to the restrictions and guidelines for events; and provide a safe environment for everyone involved,” says Togi-Sa’ena.

The Trust is also happy to share that we have extended our support programme for Pacific artists, anchored by support received from Creative New Zealand. This is aptly named the Tautua Programme, based on the Samoan proverb: O le ala i le pule, o le tautua, the pathway to authority is through service.

Due to the impact on the music industry this year, the Tautua Programme will focus on providing mentoring and artist development support, and presenting the activities that were unable to take place earlier in the year. These include music industry workshops with MMF and APRA, as well as mentoring for young artists working with smokefree Tangata Beat. More information will be available soon.

Pacific Music Awards finalists:

Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:

  • Bella Kalolo – ‘Ends of the Earth’
  • Lou’ana – ‘Move Along’
  • Olivia Foa’i – Candid

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:

  • Lepani – ‘Pockets Full of Love’
  • Noah Slee– Twice
  • Poetik – HAMOFIED 2 EP

Flava Best Pacific Group:

  • Church & AP – Teeth
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Le Manu’
  • Tomorrow People – ‘Fever feat. Fiji’


NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:

  • Disciple Pati – ‘The Boy Who Cried Woman’
    • Directed by Shae Stirling and Sapati Apa
  • Lou’ana– ‘Eye To Eye’
    • Directed by Annie Duckworth
  • SWIDT – ‘Bunga
    • Directed by Anahera Parata


APRA Best Pacific Song:

  • General Fiyah – ‘It’s You feat. Three Houses Down’
    • Written by Charlie Pome’e and Nicholas Pome’e
  • Lani Alo – ‘Alo I Ou Faiva’
    • Written by Metitilani Alo and Livingstone Efu
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Le Manu’
    • Written by Oliver Leupolu, Filivaa James, Joseph Oti-George, Gideon Voon, Shaymen Rameka


SunPix Best Pacific Language:

  • Lani Alo – ‘Alo I Ou Faiva’
  • Olivia Foa’i – Candid
  • Punialava’a – Sili’aga I Fa’atufugaga, Beyond Our Stories
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Le Manu’

Base FM NZ & Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:

  • Church & AP – Teeth
  • Melodownz – ‘No Mercy feat. Denzel Curry’
  • Poetik – HAMOFIED 2 EP


Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist:

  • Jordan Gavet – ‘Hesitation’
  • Lepani – ‘Pocket Full of Love’
  • Lou’ana – ‘Move Along’
  • Noah Slee – Twice


Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:

  • General Fiyah – ‘Its You feat. Three Houses Down’
  • Lomez Brown – ‘Tell Me’
  • Raggadat Cris – I Swear
  • Tomorrow People – ‘Fever feat. Fiji’


PMN Best Pacific Gospel Artist:

  • Lani Alo – ‘Alo I Ou Faiva’
  • Punialava’a – Sili’aga I Fa’atufugaga, Beyond Our Stories
  • JXN – ‘Talako Dragon’


PMN Best International Pacific Artist:

  • HP Boyz – ‘Engineers’
  • Josh Tatofi – Ua Kui A Lawa
  • Kaiit – ‘Miss Shiney’


Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album:

  • Church & AP – Teeth
  • Olivia Foa’I – Candid


Best Producer

  • Church & AP – Teeth
    • Producer: Dera Meelan
  • Kings – ‘Hit That’
    • Producer: Kings
  • Mikey Mayz – ‘Wild People’
    • Producers: Tia Drumma and EDY
  • Olivia Foa’i – Candid
    • Producer: Matatia Foa’i