‘You gotta go twice as hard’: City Boys on being brown in Grey Lynn | Still Here

“I think it’s important for us Polynesian boys that are from central and are from the city to be proud of it. When there’s less of you, you’ve got to go twice as hard. Last of a dying breed, that’s how I see it.”

Follow acclaimed rapper Diggy Dupé and the City Boys using music, fashion and entrepreneurship to reclaim and rebirth the inner-city Pacific identity.

In 1971, 45 per cent of Auckland’s Pasifika population lived in the inner city. Now, they’re fewer than 2 per cent.

Through the eyes of Pacific youth and their families, this four part docu-series celebrates the small but mighty Pasifika community in inner-city Auckland who have remained despite decades of rampant gentrification. Each episode weaves intergenerational stories of family, community and culture dispelling the myth that “all the Islanders have left.”

Made with the support of NZ On Air.

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Through the eyes of Pacific youth and their families, this four part docu-series celebrates the small but mighty Pasifika community in inner-city Auckland who have remained despite decades of rampant gentrification.

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