Behind the scenes with Rhian Phineasa

Posted in Interviews with tags on September 27, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Picture of Rhian PhineasaRhian Phineasa

Rhian is from Bamaga and played Elise in Series One. Elise fell for J-Dogs who cheated on her and got her friend Lindy pregnant. In Series Two, J-Dogs is still around but Elise is older and wiser and she doesn’t trust him.

Tell us about Kasa Por Yarn 2

This one is more exciting with different characters. There’s more videos and music. We’re all older so Elise sees things differently from the first episode.

Do you think Elise has changed?

She has changed big time from the first time. She has still got feelings for J-Dogs. She’s a bit more experienced but doesn’t know everything. She understands that sometimes boys only want thing.

What was it like to play Elise again?

It was like the first time. It was awesome.

Is Elise like you?

In some ways she is like me but she’s a bit different. She keeps going back to J-Dogs but I wouldn’t go back to him after what he’s done. I think she still likes him.

What about Elise and Matthew?

She likes him. He’s different again. He’s kinda like romantic. He’s good for her.

What about Elise’s friend Mandy?

They are best friends and when we made Kasa Por Yarn, Chiomi and I had lots of fun together. We still call each other Elise and Mandy.

Behind the scenes with Joseph Seden

Posted in Interviews on September 18, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Joseph Seden comes from HornIsland and graduated from Tagai State College last year. He plays Matthew, the leader of the music group, Ailan Krew, with his sister Mandy, and with Jayson. He and Jayson argue a lot because he hates how Jayson treats Lindy and her baby. Lindy is Matthew’s cousin. Matthew is torn between his commitment to the church and the temptation to hook up with Elise.

Tell us about Matthew

Matthew seems like a pretty good guy. He has his mind set on what he wants. He’s protective about his sister, Mandy, and about girls in general. He loves his music and likes going to church. He’s pretty much like me in real life so the character suited me well.

Have you acted before?

I did drama at school. Acting is pretty good. I enjoyed myself.

You sing in Ailan Krew’s Uncool Love film clip. What was that like?

The singing part was good but it’d be better if I had a voice! I was surprised. I never thought the video clip would end up being that good.

What was it like being the show?

I liked working with the other actors. It was fun and I enjoyed myself. At first it was a bit difficult but it got easier day by day.

Need to talk?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2012 by kasaporyarn
Photo of Mandy (Left) and Elise (Right)

Mandy (Chiomi Fujii) and Elise (Rhian Phineasa) share their secrets, but sometimes it’s good to see a health worker or doctor for advice

Need to talk? More than the birds and the bees.

In Kasa Por Yarn, Jayson is the father of a sick baby in Cairns. All his friends and family on the island want him to acknowledge and support the baby. Jayson even gets into fights about it.  All it takes is one night of unprotected sex and you can have an unwanted pregnancy or get a sexually transmitted infection.

You don’t have to have sex if you don’t want to. If you go on a date, it doesn’t mean you have to have sex. Going on a date can just mean hanging out, talking or watching a movie.

Condoms will protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy and both boys and girls can carry them.

Talk to your local Men’s and Women’s clinics, Primary Health Care Clinic or a doctor:

  • For a sexual health check
  • To get the emergency contraceptive pill (can take up to 3 days after unprotected sex)
  • To talk about contraception like the pill or implanon
  • To get free condoms
  • To arrange a Pap smear (women over 18 years)

When you make an appointment you don’t need to say what it’s about. For a Men’s and Women’s Health nurse, phone 4069 0413 (islands) or 4090 4219 (NPA). At the primary health clinic (outer islands) ask to see a nurse or a Men’s and Women’s Health Nurse.

Other people who can give you advice:

  • An aunty or uncle
  • Your school-based youth health nurse
  • Your guidance counsellor or other school counsellor
  • Community Health professionals
  • A telephone counsellor at Kids Help Line

(24hr telephone service: FREECALL 1800 55 1800 or visit

Go to for frank and honest advice.

Behind the scenes with Danny Bani

Posted in Interviews with tags on September 13, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Picture of Danny BaniDanny Bani

Danny Bani plays one of Kasa Por Yarn’s most popular characters: J-Dogs. This time Danny sings and dances as J-Dogs in a music group, the Ailan Krew. Check out Danny in two new music videos on the Kasa Por Yarn YouTube Channel.

Tell us about J-Dogs?

Everything has to be about him and if it’s not about him he doesn’t care. He is happy character because he doesn’t care what happens around him. He chooses to be happy because he doesn’t have a happy life. He is selfish I guess.

Do you know anyone like J-Dogs?

I don’t know. When we first started Kas Por Yarn, Jimi Bani said that to bring J-Dogs to life I’d have to think of someone who is like that in the community. I couldn’t think of anyone at the time. So I grabbed bits and pieces from my cousins, brothers, friends from school people to create this character.

Are you happy with the songs and the music videos?

It was an adventure. It was amazing. I had fun. It’s my life – it’s what I love to do. I like creating these things and bring an idea to life – a melody a tune – and other people can see and hear what you felt and thought inside your head. I loved working with Pat – it’s a great experience as a younger performer. It’s amazing when Pat and I talk and then create these songs. There’s no greater feeling than seeing the finished product.

What’s happening with Elise and J-Dogs?

Elise is not an option now. She’s still someone he goes to for help but Elise and Jay know they can’t be together anymore.

What are your plans for the future?

Samantha and I are in Alice Springs this year. Maybe we’ll look to get a place in Cairns in the future. I want to go acting school and do singing, dancing and acting, maybe in Sydney or WAAPA in Perth.

Behind the scenes with Patrick Mau

Posted in Interviews with tags on September 6, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Patrick Mau (left) checks the script with James Nona who plays Damien


Patrick Mau began his solo music career as Maupower and founded One Blood Hidden Image. He is often travelling around Australia recording and performing, and recently hosted Volumz Music Show on NITV.  As the community consultant on Kasa Por Yarn he ran storyline workshops, edited the script, ran auditions, coached the actors, and directed all Yumpla Tok translations. Patrick wrote and performs in the song/video “The Next Episode” and wrote “Uncool Love” for Ailan Krew (see the Kasa Por Yarn YouTube channel). Maupower has also been nominated for Hip Hop Artist of the Year in the 2012 Deadlies.

After your Kasa Por Yarn experience would you move into doing more drama and storytelling or are you sticking with music?

Music and storytelling are interlinked with each other. I saw some theatre in Melbourne last year and noticed that my peers in music industry are getting much more involved in theatre. This year I worked in Adelaide with one of my friends in theatre production as part of the sound crew. I also had some songs on The Straits and the Mabo film.

Kasa Por Yarn talks about some contentious subjects like HIV/AIDS and sexual health. What do you think of this?

They are issues that people might feel uncomfortable talking about but if we don’t talk about these things there’s no way we can address them. Talking helps us create solutions and preventions for these problems.

What do you think of the show?

Kasa Por Yarn was a really good idea from the first episode. It’s something new for radio in the Straits. The second story line is really cool and has developed into a whole new story. There’s no limit to where you can take it. We’ve expanded it into music video clips and it has the potential to broaden into any direction.

You have a new daughter now. What kind of teenager are you hoping she’ll be? What kind of advice will you be giving her about boys when she’s a teenager?

I’m not thinking that far ahead (laughs). My partner and I aim to teach her to be responsible individual. The thing is, as she grows up I’ll have no control.

I won’t withhold information from her and hopefully she’ll make right choices and not be pressured by peers because it’s easy to be misled.

What have you got planned for this year?

I’m planning some new albums for Maupower and One Blood Hidden Image, and some more video clip projects. We’ll be trying to get into more different media like TV and new areas of the music artform.

Elise (Rhian Phineasa) is bullied on Chat

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Elise (Rhian Phineasa) is bullied on Chat

Week 1 Torres News Feature Article

Teens and mobile phones

This week on Kasa Por Yarn, Elise is coping with bullying and carryarn on chat.

“This storyline came from young people at workshops on TI last year,” explains Sylvia Tabua, the community consultant.

Chat rooms like Diva Chat and Chat Zone are a huge part of teens’ social lives. They can contain images and messages that are bullying or sexual. describes ‘sexting’ as where teens share nude photos via their phones. Sometimes it’s flirting, impulsive, or even a response to bullying or blackmail. Parents can talk to teens about the dangers of sexting. Pictures can be sent around by an ex-friend to everyone you know and end up online for people to search for pretty much forever.

A Thursday Island father of two teenagers said monitoring mobile phone use was a constant struggle. “You want to know what they’re up to but at the same time you don’t want to invade their privacy,” he said.

“We talk to our kids about the dangers of mobile phones. You’ve got to communicate with them,” he said. “We also confiscate the phones at 7pm or 8pm at night. Otherwise they’ll keep texting all night.” has the following tips for parents:

1) Be safe: Kids need to think about who they text with. They should never text about sex with strangers.

2) Bullying by phone. Explain that the same manners and ethics you’ve always taught them apply on phones and the Web as in “real life.”

3) Media-sharing by phone. Teens need to understand their own and others’ privacy rights in sharing photos and videos via cell phones.

4) ‘Smart phones.’ Ask your phone company whether they have filters available for internet access via mobile phones.

If you’re worried about a video, image or text your teen has received, contact the police for advice.

Kids can chat to a counsellor online at or call 1800 55 1800.

Listen por ol latest yarnz

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Series two of Kasa Por Yarn, a radio play focusing on young people in the Torres Strait, launches next week on Thursday Island, Umagico and BaduIsland.

Kasa Por Yarn is a major project of the Thursday Island, Bamaga and Injinoo Youth and Relationship Networks (YARNs).

Kasa Por Yarn, an 8-week local radio funded by Two Spirits, Queensland Association of Healthy Communities, will begin airing on Radio 4MW and Black Star Radio in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area from 29 August.

Some of the characters from Kasa Por Yarn 1 are back. Jayson (Danny Bani) and Elise (Rhian Phineasa) have grown up a little and Jayson has a baby now. Charles Passi returns as Peter, Elise’s dad, who is coping with carryarn on the island about his son Billy’s HIV.

New characters are brother and sister singers Matthew (Joseph Seden) and Mandy (Chiomi Fujii) and their friend Damien (James Nona).

Sylvia Tabua was the community consultant for the show and plays Helen, Damien’s mother:

“It’s a fun story highlighting issues about young people and the challenges they face with relationships and growing up,” Sylvia explains.

“The storylines and characters for Kasa Por Yarn were developed with the help of local creative people through workshops in the Torres Strait last year.

“The story explores some of the lifestyle decisions affecting young people,” Sylvia said.

Patrick Mau was also the community consultant and the music director for the show.

Patrick wrote two songs, stars in the music video “The Next Episode” and wrote the ballad “Uncool Love” for the show’s hip hop group Ailan Krew.

Both the videos are available on the Kasa Por Yarn YouTube channel and the songs can be downloaded for free.

Aaron Tamwoy returns as the storyteller and explains what’s happened between the first series and second series in his YouTube video.

Kasa Por Yarn 2 photos, episodes, videos and song will be available from