Cry Sis

Cry Sis is the weaving of intellect and wisdom through the beautiful words of Ruby Macomber. The insightful voice of a new generation that has a gentle yet defiant stand on the interconnectedness of our Blue Pacific Continent to the call of the Pacific to keep 1.5 alive! The worlds that are presented by Ruby embroider the textured journey of the environment, ancestral metaphors and symbols of resilience against the complex web of the non-believers. Ruby’s words remind us of the frontline force of her generation of Aotearoa New Zealand with Rotuma and the Pacific beyond.  

Pasifika Voices 2023 features a collection of gifted Pacific poets joined by indigenous artists to create an artistic, insightful, digitally enhanced offering in this curated series of three video poems.

The Mana Moana – Pasifika Voices collection of video works was created to amplify and support the Pacific to drive global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This collection is the third in a series that began in 2021.  These poems have been gathered from our Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa to reflect the voices and experiences of our past and present Poets, providing offerings of wisdom and insight for a new generation.

This initiative is supported by Aotearoa New Zealand and coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Storybox, with the support of Pacific Islands poets and artists, to amplify the Pacific voice at COP28.

The Artists


Poetry written by
Ruby Macomber

Performed by
Ruby Macomber & Selina Alefosio

Creative Directors
Rachael Rakena & Michael Bridgman

Music and Sound Design
Laughton Kora

Director of Photography
Pikihuia Haenga-Little

Mark Papalii

Production Manager
Andrew Croot

Edited by
Andrew Suzuki

Sam Harris

Sound Engineering
Tiki Taane 

2023 Series Credits

Special Curator Poetry
Audrey Brown-Pereira

Directors/Mana Moana Curators
Mike Bridgman & Rachael Rakena

Music Director
Laughton Kora

Executive Producer
Rob Appierdo

Series Producer
Amanda Walker

Production Manager
Andrew Croot

Post Production Supervisor
Ruth Korver 

Graphic Design
Girish Parbhu

Made with support from Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University

Produced by Mana Moana Collective and Storybox 

Thanks and acknowledgement to everyone involved in creating these works.