Fua Creative and CreativeNZ introduces Marlborough's first Pacific Theatre Production Māfana is a Tongan term that can mean heartwarming or emotionally heartfelt. The idea was to ignite the māfana of Pacific Islanders to understand, educate their culture and foster positive relationships within the community. The Performing arts became the platform just to do that.
The play was written and directed by Vita Vaka who adapted his skills in Holistic & Mental Wellbeing, Performing Arts and Pacific Culture to construct the Māfana script that not only relates to Pacific Islanders but also themes that relate to social issues of today.
'Mafana' is a dynamic story that follows the story of two New Zealand born Pacific young people as they embark on a journey to the fantasy world of Polynesia where they discover their identity and the key to ignite the decaying culture in the real world. The story is told through an exciting variety of drama and Pacific music and dance. The casts consists of local youth in Marlborough, encouraging them to embrace and celebrate who they are within the community. It was significant for Marlborough because with Pasifika Identity being a minority, the chances of our Pasifika Youth losing their passion and importance in their culture became the goal of the night.
Māfana helped the Pacific Community to get involved and consider the importance of having their voice being heard. Our Young Pacific entertainers and cast felt important in the region and enjoyed every moment of having the support of their school. This opened up opportunities for their schools to proliferate the percentage of Pacific Youth gaining their NCEA achievement standard credentials.