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New TV show puts comic spin on South Auckland police stories

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A pilot for a new television show based and filmed in South Auckland will air tonight, using humour to put a spin on negative police stories.

Written and directed by Damon Fepulea'i, Māngere Vice follows two detectives in their pursuit of a notorious South Auckland gang, Killer Whales.

Māngere Vice features Maori and Pacific talent: (left to right) Italia Hunt, Iaheto Ah Hi, Ana Scotney and Haanz Fa'avae-Jackson. Photo/ Supplied.

The cast features a range of Pacific and Māori talent, including Kiwi actress Rachel House, who's starred in blockbuster films Moana and Taika Waititi's Thor:Ragnarok and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Pacific actors that feature in the film are Iaheto Ah Hi, Haanz Fa'avae-Jackson, Lauie Sila and Italia Hunt.

Samoan actor Italia Hunt, who plays gang member Big Fasi, says he hopes people will enjoy the Pasifika talent and light-hearted narrative.

"The media shows South Auckland normally in a negative light but this TV show is fully being filmed in Māngere itself and has a lot of Pacific Island and Māori people in it's cast, so the show offers a positive spin and not everything has to be negative."

Māngere Vice is one of four Kiwi comedies to air this week on Three as part of it's Comedy Pilot Week.

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