The DIASPORADIC679 T-shirt

This is one very sexy T-shirt! It features a logo / coat of arms developed by graphic artist, Nicole Lim, based on a painting by Luisa Tora. It was created for the exhibition diasporadic679 – an exhibition that takes the form of posters installed in shop windows in Otahuhu, South Auckland. Check the blog for more information: http://diasporadic679.wordpress.com

The diasporadic679 T-shirt is beautifully printed by South Auckland’s excellent PopoHardWear – the logo is gold, large-scale and fabulous. The T-shirts support the exhibition project costs and are only NZD40.

Please contact Nicole Lim at Fresh Gallery Otara for sales enquiries or drop in between 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Friday; 8am – 2pm, Saturdays.

#KadavuPower

Fiji women were 100% present at the recent UNICEF Youth Congress held at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae in Auckland. I spoke in a panel about art as a platform for social activism, after sessions by Sainimere Veitata, Co-chair of the Econesian Society at the University of the South Pacific (Suva, Fiji) and Merewalesi Nailatikau, UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador. Merewalesi was crowned Miss Hibiscus and went on to be the first Fijian woman to take out the Polynesian-dominated Miss South Pacific beauty pageant in 2009. She is brains + beauty in a big way!

My South Auckland comrade, Luisa Tora, came to support. Luisa and I are working on an upcoming project to commemorate Fiji Day in the South Auckland suburb of Otahuhu. In an exhibition of posters featuring artwork by 7 Fiji women artists, diasporadic679 will be installed in the windows and public spaces of 6 venues over 9 days. The numerical reference is to Fiji’s international telephone prefix.

The exhibition will be part of the newly re-branded Southside Arts Festival (previously Manukau Festival of Arts) which runs from 14 October – 6 November 2011.

diasporadic679 takes its name partly from Luisa Tora’s made-in-South-Auckland zine, diasporadic and represents an ongoing relationship between Fiji women artists Sangeeta Singh, Margaret Aull, Torika Bolatagici, Dulcie Stewart, Tagi Qolouvaki, Luisa and myself.

The diasporadic679 blog has just been established and will be updated daily leading up to the project which runs from 17-25 October.

For Fiji, Ever Fiji – update


The new sexy catalogue for the exhibition, For Fiji, Ever Fiji is now available exclusively at Fresh Gallery Otara.

Photos from the exhibition can be viewed here

Luisa Tora’s short film, The Homecoming will be featured in OFF STAGE – a night of live and meditated performance and video works organised by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust in partnership with the Media and Interdisciplinarary Arts Centre (MIC). OFF STAGE takes place on Friday 27 February at Galatos, 17 Galatos Street, Auckland City. Contact Tautai Trust for more information (09) 376 1665


Still from The Homecoming by Luisa Tora

OFF STAGE features in the Auckland Fringe Festival of AK09, Auckland’s arts festival from 5-22 March.

Congratulations to Margaret Aull for selling her beautiful mixed media work on Totara. It will be going to a beautiful Auckland private collection.

Fiji Artists visit for CELEBRATE PASIFIKA

  Daren, Arthur & Tarisi
Visiting Fiji artists Craig Marlow & Lambert Ho, whose work is now on display at O’Kaioceanikart Gallery, Auckland 

Recycled Plastic flowers by Craig Marlow
Recycled plastic bottle flowers made by Craig Marlow at O’Kaioceanikart Gallery, Auckland 


As well as Craig Marlow and Lambert Ho, travelling with the Pacific Arts Alliance this band performed in the Fiji Village at the annual Pasifika Festival in Central Auckland, New Zealand (Saturday 8 March 2008), part of the annual Auckland City Council Celebrate Pasifika festival.