FRESH08 – Best of Fresh Gallery Otara

An eclectic end of year exhibition for Fresh Gallery Otara
28 November – 20 December 2008
Featuring: Steven Ball, Mark Dewes, Leah Espie,  Antonio Filipo, Penitoa Finau, Sean Kerrigan, Terry Koloamatangi Klavenes, Ofa Mafi, Hili Mokalei, Samiu Napa’a, Cerisse Palalagi, Genevieve Pini, Raymond Sagapolutele and students from James Cook High School

Ofa Mafis garment, Wild Angel featured in Manukau Citys Cult Couture fashion competition

Pecha Kucha Night Auckland #11

The awesome Coco Solid (Photo by Naomi Singer)

Taking place in Manukau proper, the 11th Pecha Kucha Night in Auckland went off as part of the inaugural Manukau Festival of Arts. Some great shots on the night by Raymond Sagapolutele aka Rimoni show the awesome line up of inspiring speakers which included:

* Andrew Tu’inukuafe // Architect // Creative Spaces
* Jeremy Leatinu’u // Visual Artist // Experimentation with temporal public spaces
* Charmaine ‘Ilaiu // Architecture Graduate // MIT Fale Pasifika + Projects
* Janet Lilo // Visual Artist // Provocative Amateur Photography
* Siliga David Setoga // Visual Artist // Polynesian cultural transformation
* Rewi Thompson // Architect // Otara Fish Canopy Project
* Matthew Salapu // Musician // Anonymouz Workz Ltd
* Serena Stevenson // Photographer // 20 years of photography
* Coco Solid // Musician + Activist // Recent projects
* Benjamin Work // Aerosol Artist // Recent projects
* Raymond Sagapolutele // Brotographer // South Auckland spaces
* Turumakina Duley // Ta Moko artist // Recent work

And I spoke about curatorial inspiration – this is a photo of me and my mum!

Check out photography by Rimoni from PK Night Auckland #11

DJ Poroufessor, Ema Tavola, Luka Hinse and Naomi Singer

Once Were Samoans Southside Premier!

Photo by Lawrence Smith (Fairfax Media)

Once Were Samoans is the story of the Tufifi family, a thigh slapping comedic theatre play by the south Auckland entertainment company, Kila Kokonut Krew. As a featured event in the inaugural Manukau Festuval of Arts, Metro Theatre in Mangere East hosted a full-house last night. The play which sold out in the Auckland Comedy Festival in 2006 and 2007 has also been shown in Wellington, Hamilton and at the recent Maori King’s coronation in Ngaruawahia – this is the first time the work has been produced for a south Auckland audience. Drawn from quintessential south Auckland experiences, stereotypes and realities, this work is finally situated in its true context and the response from the audience was electric.

TONIGHT – Thursday 13 November – is the last opportunity to see the play. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start – entry is by gold coin donation.

Check out the Manukau Festival of Arts website for more information.

Mourning a Labour led Aotearoa

Helen Clark speaking at the New Zealand premier of "An Island Calling" by Owen Scott

Helen Clark was an inspirational leader who gave me enormous faith in Aotearoa. I can’t help but feel a deep sorrow and despair that whilst the world is moving forward, we are moving backwards.