Wednesday, 03 Jan 2018

2018 New Years Honour for Petrina Togi-Sa'ena

We're sending a very warm congratulations to Ms Petrina Togi-Sa'ena for the recognition of her tireless work for Pacific music, as she becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, as announced earlier this week in the Queen's list of New Year Honours for 2018. Very well deserved!

Petrina is a Trustee of the Pacific Music Awards Trust and has been Event Producer for the past 10 years, having been involved since the event’s inception in 2005.

She was also the Manager of Member Services for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) New Zealand from 1994 to 2014. As part of her work she presented at copyright workshops in Samoa and Rarotonga to support the development of copyright systems in the Pacific.

Petrina worked at the New Zealand Music Commission from 2000 to 2002, where she was involved in a number of projects regarding Pacific music.

She was a Trustee from 2012 to 2017 of the Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa, which supports young people through music. In 2013 she co-founded SoulNote Agency and has worked with artists for recording and life music projects, as well as education workshops and events.

She was part of the organising team for the ‘I Love the Islands’ concert series, which raised $361,000 for Samoa following the 2009 tsunami.

And she has been an Advisory Group member for the Auckland Museum’s 2016/2017 music exhibition ‘Volume’.

What an outstanding list of contributions and achievements, which truly reflect Petrina's passion and prowess in supporting Pacific and New Zealand musicians and songwriters.


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