‘Samoan Queer Lives’ launched at Tūranga – Thursday 12 September 2019

There was colour, laughter, and stories galore at Tūranga on Thursday evening  for the New Zealand launch of Samoan Queer Lives.  MCed by well-known fa'afafine Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit), this was a joyful and thought-provoking evening that I was proud to be a part of. 
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Wild Dogs Under My Skirt – Christchurch Arts Festival 2019

Opening Wild Dogs Under My Skirt at Haeata Community Campus was probably a first for the Christchurch Arts Festival, but it was at the request of the poet Tusiata Avia to have it here as this was the place she grew up. The audience was a mixture of the often stereotypical arts festival attendee (of which I fit nicely into) and a great turnout from the Pasifika community. There were family and friends — and a sense that this was an occasion.
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