Patroness Konai Helu-Thaman


Konai Helu-Thaman is the Patroness of the VASU: Pacific Women of Power collective / movement. At the exhibition’s opening on Wednesday 24 September 2008 at the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture at the University of the South Pacific, she recited this poem.


Konai and I with my niece Tiana in front of my work.


VASU exhibition curators enabled three New Zealand based Fiji women artists to participate in the Suva based exhibition with financial support from the Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Committee. The New Zealand contingent included Margaret Aull (Te Awamutu), Filani Macassey (Helensville) and Rowena Singh (Auckland), pictured here with Konai Helu-Thaman, Cecilia Warren (New Zealand High Commission, Suva), Rowena’s son Stevie Junior, and myself.

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