Nominations are now closed for the SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards 2018

The awards recognize outstanding individuals in six awards categories - Pacific Community Leadership, Pacific Education, Pacific Enterprise, Pacific Emerging Leadership Award, Pacific Health and Wellbeing, and Pacific Service Excellence.




Winners to be announced on Friday 9 November 2018.


2017 SunPix Pacific Peoples' Awards Gallery



A huge thanks to our 2018 Sponsors who make the Awards possible.



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Award Categories


We have had an overwhelming response and some fantastic nominations for this years awards, and would like to thank everyone who has nominated someone from their community!


Pacific Community Leadership Award

Sponsored by The Electoral Commission

This category recognises those Pacific People who lead community organisations in any field that strengthen Pacific communities. Our communities benefit from leadership of this kind - and many of our community leaders are our unsung heroes.


Pacific Education

Sponsored by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade

The key to Pacific progress in Aotearoa is Education. From early childhood education to tertiary study, this category recognises Pacific contribution to improving Pacific communities achievement.

Pacific Enterprise

Sponsored by the Pacific Business Trust

Understanding and participating in the modern economy requires special skill for Pacific people. Business and economic acumen creates opportunity and jobs for our people. Nominees for this category can be made from across our communities in Aotearoa.


Pacific Emerging Leadership Award

Sponsored by Le Va

This category recognises Pacific Youth Leadership and the valuable foundation Pacific Youth Leadership creates for the future. Nominees in this category should be aged between 16 and 23.

Pacific Health and Wellbeing Award

Sponsored by Pasifika Futures

Pacific people are conscious of our health and wellbeing despite the worrying statistics - nominations for this category will be those in the community who strive to improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific People.


Pacific Service Excellence Award

Sponsored by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples

This award celebrates an organisation that makes important contribution to Pacific communities in their work. This category recognises programmes, projects, or initiatives that benefit Pacific families and communities. Nominees in this category are government agencies, and private sector not for profit organisations with outstanding programmes and services specifically tailored and designed for Pacific communities in New Zealand.  


Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Sunpix Pacific Peoples Award nominees. It was a truly inspiring & beautiful evening, take a look at our 10 winners below!


Pacific Community Leadership Award Winners

Phylesha Brown-Acton

(2016) Fa'anana Efeso Collins
(2015) Vui Mark Gosche

Allan Va’a

(2016) Joseph Fa'afiu
(2015) Tupou Manapor 

Pacific Enterprise Award Winners

Innes Logan

(2016) Hamish Crooks
(2015) Uluomato’otua Aiono

Josiah Pasikale

(2016) Michael Meredith
(2015) Agnes Loheni  


Pacific Health and Wellbeing Award Winners

Dave Letele

(2016) Tevita Funaki
(2015) Dr Joe Williams

Tupou Neiufi

(2016) Hilda Fa'asalele
(2015) Buck Stowers


Pacific Education Award winners

Pacific Emerging Leadership Award Winners


Niusila Faamanatu – Eteuati

(2016) Charles Leota
(2015) John Fiso

Metua Daniel Atutolu

(2016) Gina Lefaoseu
(2015) Teresia Teaiwa

Josiah Tualamali’i

(2016) Flora Apulu
(2015) Masiu Vainikolo

Tommy Nee

(2016) Dejealous Sili Palota Kopa
(2015) Arizona Leger


Sunpix is directly involved in making a positive impact within the Pacific Island Communities.