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How Bizarre - The Story of an Otara Millionaire

Television (Excerpts) – 2014

In 1997 a New Zealand single shot to the top of the music charts in the United States. How Bizarre takes a look behind the curtain at the man who sang it, Pauly Fuemana. This excerpt explores Fuemana's early life and part-Niuean ancestry, and the success of timeless Kiwi anthem 'How Bizarre'. The Otara Millionaires Club (OMC) single hit the top ten in 15 countries, topping the charts in the United States, Australia and NZ. Stuart Page's documentary explores how Fuemana stood out from the crowd, and includes interviews with family and colleagues, including his wife Kirstine, mother Olivia and musical maestro Alan Jansson.


...he was from Otara; Otara has always been seen as the Bronx, you know, a place without flowers ... he took everything to a new level, because he had everything going for him: because he was very handsome, and he didn't look Polynesian. He had the moves, he was outspoken, but he was also a really good writer.
– Niuean-born artist and writer John Pule on Pauly Fuemana

Key Cast & Crew

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Alan Jansson


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Pauly Fuemana

Subject, Additional Camera Operator

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Colleen Brennan

Sound Mix, Sound Recordist

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Fred Renata

Producer, Cinematographer

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William Grieve


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Stuart Page

Director, Editor, Additional Camera Operator

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Produced by


Stuart Page


Dedicated to Melissa Anne Wikaire


Closing credits song 'Tropicana' written and performed by Paul Fuemana

Songs composed by Paul Fuemana and Alan Jansson, and performed by OMC