Pacific Heartbeat is a collection of five documentaries centers on the people, cultures, languages, music and contemporary issues of Pacific Islanders, the indigenous people of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The series makes its way to PBS through a collaboration between independent producers and three public television organizations -- PBS Hawaii, Pacific Islanders in Communications and American Public Television. The collection features a profile of a Hawaiian composer and a story about a community threatened by rising tides.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Pacific Heartbeat - Paerau Corneal - Netflix
Paerau Corneal (b 1961) is a New Zealand ceramicist of Tūwharetoa and Te Āti Haunui-a-Paparangi descent.
Pacific Heartbeat - Career - Netflix
Corneal has exhibited both internationally and nationally since 1988. A consistent theme in her work is Māori female empowerment. From 2013 Corneal has been collaborating with contemporary Māori dancer Louise Potiki-Bryant. Their performance work entitled Kiri references a creation narrative of the first Māori human, Hineahuone and opened for the 2014 Tempo Dance Festival in Auckland. Throughout her career, Corneal has been involved in varying artist collectives. She was a founding member, alongside Manos Nathan, Baye Riddell, Wi Taepa and Colleen Waata Urlich of Ngā Kaihanga Uku, a collective of Māori Clay workers. Corneal was also involved with Kauwae, a collective of Māori women artists formed in 1997; Te Rōpū o Ngā Wāhine Kai Whakairo, a collective of Māori women carvers and Haeata Women’s Collective.