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From script writing to producing and directing, Lisa Taouma’s innovative career has increased the presence of Pasifika on television and online. Working for Tagata Pasifika, Tauoma brought Polyfest to mainstream television and later produced Fresh – a New Zealand youth series for Pacific Islanders.
In 2014, she established thecoconet.tv – a hub for Pacific moving image content, which she describes as "prompting connectivity and conversations for Pacificans around the world" – a phrase that could also be used to describe her own career.
In 2015, Lisa Taouma received the Special Recognition Award at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards.
In this clip from a Tagata Pasifika profile, Tauoma talks about her short film Talk of the Town and how she deliberately looks for stories about people who aren’t usually represented.
Watch the NZ On Screen screentalk with Lisa Taouma.
Image: Screengrab: Tagata Pasifika.
Catalogue Reference TZP165324
Director/Reporter: Osone Okesene