This episode of arts show Mercury Lane features legendary musician Bill Sevesi, and poet Sonja Yelich (mother of musician Lorde). Sevesi takes centre stage: various musician friends join him to reminisce about packing Auckland dance halls in the 50s and 60s (at least until the arrival of 10 o'clock closing). After celebrating his 79th birthday, Sevesi is still as upbeat and music-obsessed as ever, especially when it comes to his beloved steel guitar and ukulele. In the final clip, Sonja Yelich performs her poem Teeth, with wry accompanying visuals from director Fiona Samuel.
After graduating from NZ Broadcasting School, Marama T-Pole (formerly Papau) was a reporter and newsreader at 531PI and Nui FM. In 2005 she joined TV's Tagata Pasifika team. Since then she has presented stories on everything from PIs in Australia to Style Pasifika, aiming to report “through island eyes”. Of Tuvaluan/European heritage, she was the subject of a 2014 Tagata Pasifika report on Tuvaluan weddings.