I live in Manukau City, South of Auckland; New Zealand. We have the densest pacific island population of any country in the world. The given is that meeting other like minded queers like yourself is easy, since geographically we’re all in the same city. You would think it were that simple. The Polynesian Princes of south Auckland are as closeted as the gays in the NRL. They have refined their visibility to a passing fragrance of I WANNA FUCK YOU BUT I”M WITH HER. The problem with this metaphor is that it reeks of homos in south Auckland but these men have succeeded in making themselves invisible.

So therein lays the problem of trying to engage and understand a type of man that exists only in theory. I imagine this type of man as wanting to express his sexual fluidity and attraction to the same sex however being stunted by his contradicting physicality, one of which is typically hetronormative and in gender specific terms what is appropriate for him to conform to i.e. “I am built in the manner of a man that is only biologically compatible with a significant other of the opposite sex”. This belief system is made a mantra that affirms a masculine stereotype and a gender ideal that is perpetuated, driven and motivated both sociologically and politically by a western heterosexual statuesque and moral majority.

The art works posted on this blog are inspired by this idea. This is JERRY THE FA’AFAFINE he is pleased to have finally found you and met you...


Its true that 'Pacific Narrative' has emerged from refined oral traditions. Traditions that have not only survived but also evolved in spite of fierce  colonization, forced migration and most recently, western globalization.

Film, as an agency of cultural transmission and a vehicle for ideology has always position the pacific experience as under privileged and therefore its means of construction, are a rite reserved for those with privilege. The new position of power has only begun to shift in recent years with the accessibility of the means of creating expression becoming more domestically available and that high forms of narrative art have been devalued by technology and its integration into cultural and social functionality.

In knowing this and understanding cohesively the broader context in which Pacific Narrative is constructed, It burns on the inside to know that the challenge for emerging Pacific writers, orators, story tellers is quantified as a risk. That contemporary Pacific narrative has not yet settled into a state of natural or norm implies that; to tell a non western story we are perpetually at a state of risk.

I'm reminded of that risk every time I hear a story that reenforces Pacific inferiority. It is no wonder our Pacific males are incapable of exercising conviction when our modern narratives forcibly impose conformity. This is rendered through depictions of Pacific life embedded in sentimentality and romanticized notions of the past. Ownership looks like the guilt that governs our need to tribute and champion our underprivileged position to a state of norm.

JERRY will change this.



  1. hahaha cool! and i will help jerry! :D

  2. So shall I; forward on Jerrry, forward on!