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.
Kate talks about why Samoan Queer Lives, by Dan Taulapapa McMullin and Yuki Kihara, is so important. The WORD Christchurch event is on at Tūranga on Thursday 12 September, 6pm.
Pacific Underground's concert as part of Christchurch Arts Festival 2019 was celebration of family, music and being together.
Ahead of the concert at the Christchurch Arts Festival, Moata interviews her whānau about being involved with Pacific Underground.
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.
Moata reviews Sea People: In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific, a highly readable history of Pacific exploration.
Colette reports on this WORD Christchurch event featuring poets Selina Tusitala Marsh and Tusiata Avia.
Music, dance, food and young people performing. Jan-Hai tells us what's good about the local Polyfest event happening on Saturday 17 March.