Morningside 4 life!
Vale, Valea, Jeff da Maori, Sione and Mack live in the suburb of Morningside and attend the local college, St Sylvester's, where their principal is a fa'afafine (a cross dressing, efeminate man) and the PE teacher is legendary ex-All Black Michael Jones.
Vale and Valea (loosely translates to dumb and dumber) are two brothers, living in a single-parent household with their father Pepelo, a benefit bludging, occasional fork-hoist driver with a love of beer, porn and gambling. Vale has a strong social conscience while Valea is more interested in pashing the girls, but both brothers believe in having a strong solidarity with their boys. Sione is Vale and Velea's best mate and fancies himself as a bit of a ladies man, while he constantly looks for ways to impress the girl of his dreams, sixth former Mila Jizovich.
Jeff da Maori lives with his mum and eight dads in a car shell outside the house. He was brought up in the country by his auntie but then moved to the city 'for better tv reception and because the thieving colonialists stole our land'. Rounding out the group is the softly spoken Mac who has definite gay tendencies and a knack for talking his way out of things but does stand behind his word eventually!
Like The Naked Samoans sell-out theatre shows, bro'Town satirises the boys' Pacific Island heritage and describes what is like to grow up as a minority culture in Auckland– the largest Polynesian city in the world. Produced by New Zealand company Firehorse Films and funded by New Zealand On Air, bro' Town was made using three animation studios – two in New Zealand and one in India – and involved over 100 staff.
TV3 is likely to repeat the series early next year, with a second screening later in the year. The first seven-part season was produced with a NZ$1.4m investment from state body NZ On Air, which has upped this to nearer NZ$1.9m for the next season. In 2008, the show was named 'Best Local Television Programme' by Metro in the 'Best of Auckland' awards, as well as being chosen as the TV Guide Best in the Box (comedy) four straight years. It was also named as a finalist for the 2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards, in three categories.! And it was up for 'Best Comedy Programme' for "I'm Going to Limbo, I May be Some Time" and 'Best Script - Drama/Comedy Programme' for "The Artful Dadger".