They taking pictures of us in the water

It takes a village to raise a child and this version of Audrey Brown-Pereira’s poem “they taking pictures of us in the water” is such an example of the Pasifika community of creatives from hip hop artists,  poets and dancers coming together for a common cause to raise the global consciousness on the impacts of climate change on our Pacific people.

The collaboration led by Anonymouz in the form of a call and response to Audrey’s poem is recognition of the power of music and the universal impact of Hip Hop, which in 2023 celebrates its 50th anniversary. This new version of “they taking pictures of us in the water” in the form of poetry, Hip Hop, dance and digital artistry is a creative collaboration of galaxies to connect people on a global level to the urgency of climate change.  #1.5tostayalive!

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 & Performed By
Audrey Brown-Pereira 

Creative Producers
37 Hz

Creative Director, Music Producer, Audio Mix, Camera & Video Editor
Anonymouz (Faiumu Matthew Salapu).

Production Manager, Lighting & Camera Assist
Lowtrack4 (Areta Tanoa’i).

Producer & Site Manager
Tiumalu Noma Sio.

Wardrobe & Choreographer
Luisa Pula.

Drone Footage
Incredible Images.

Female Taupou Traditional Dancer
Melania Agaimalo.

Contemporary Male Dancer
Happy Feet (John Vaifale).

Traditional Fire Dancers
Wahine Toa Siva Afi (Hadassah Tagoa’i-Vaoa, Emillie Pritchard-Lovett).

Graffiti Feature
Monty Collins (Fdkns).

Cultural Support
Aupito Su’a William Sio.

Production Support
Malachi Filipo Bourke, Jaé-Vou Pula, Julia Pula & Waka Tate.

Featured Track Vocalists
Rizván, Snare, Sven Illy, Judah Kidd, Illseff, Snowman

Video Extras
Ark, Jsas, Arcadiah & Skylahr Faiumu

Track Dj Scratches
Dj Al Goodie

Additional Camera
Jordan Kwan

Additional Mix & Master
Jacob Rush (Big Pop Studios)

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.