About The Factory

The Factory is inspired by the popular musical stage show The Factory from the acclaimed Theatre Company Kila Kokonut Krew.

The Kila Kokonut Krew has proven itself to be New Zealand’s leading professional Pacific Theatre Company. With a record of sell out shows, outstanding critical reviews and an ever-growing following of loyal supporters, the company has also branched out into music, producing over twelve albums supporting both popular and emerging Pacific Island artists in the Kila Kokonut Krew’s independent studio.

The cast is led by experienced actors like Kila Kokonut Krew founders Vela Manusaute, Anapela Poiataivao and Aleni Tufuga.

The rest of the cast comes from the South Auckland community. Auditions were held in markets, shopping centres, community halls and festivals where producers found a wealth of talent ensuring nearly half the cast are first time actors.

New webisodes get uploaded every Monday and Thursday here.

The Factory has been funded by NZ On Air’s Digital Media Fund and Telecom.


The Factory has a hugely experienced and talented team behind it.

Created by Kila Kokonut Krew’s founder Vela Manusaute and The Factory stage musical producer, Anapela Polataivao and Stacey Leilua of KKK, they have joined forces with renowned film maker and television producer Robin Scholes (Mr Pip, Once Were Warriors, Rain) and producer Janet McIver (Production Manager: Whale Rider).

The series is written by award winning writer & director Michael Bennett (Matariki, Kaitangata Twitch) and directed by Joe Lonie, an acclaimed music video director (Bic Runga, Shihad) and highly respected musician (Supergroove.)

Music is a big feature of the series and KKK Music Producer Glen Jackson has arranged most of the music together with director Joe Lonie and Aleni Tufuga.

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Webisodes devised and written by Michael Bennett. A joint venture by the Kila Kokonut Krew and Jump Film and Television. Copyright Jump Film and Television.