Saturday, 12 March, 2011
Doors open 7pm – late
Grand Foyer and Pacific galleries, Auckland Museum
Crowds joined us for a special Museum LATE in collaboration with Pasifika Festival. Keep the Pacific vibe going late into the night with live music from the Cook Islands, Tahiti and Hawaii and a panel discussion. Auckland Council and the Auckland Arts Festival provided a free bus between the White Night venues which departed Auckland Museum every 20 minutes.
Led by MC Richard Pamatatau, our panelists Rev Mua Strickson Pua, television producer Sandra Kailahi and health researcher Karlo Mila-Schaaf explored the notion of Auckland as the “First City of the Pacific”, the people that underpin that identity and their influence in shaping the Auckland we live in today.
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The high-energy music from the day’s Pasifika Festival continued with three live acts Te Atamira – the Cook Islands Cultural Dance Group based in Brisbane, Hura Tahiti Nui (“dance Tahiti big”) – a 40-strong troupe from Tahiti and the New Caledonian Kanak band, Josephine.
Our Pacific galleries were open with activities hosted by our educators for visitors to experience various aspects of Pacific culture.
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||Doors open |
|7.30pm - 8.30pm
||Panel Discussion |
|9:00pm - 9.30pm
||Te Atamira Cook Islands Cultural Dance Group of Brisbane|
|9.30pm - 10:00pm
||Hura Tahiti Nui (dance Tahiti big)|
|10:00pm - 10.30pm
||Joséphine one of the major Kanak music bands|
|10:30pm - 11:00pm
||Animal, Mineral, Vegetable Skype session with Phil Phillips from The Natural History Centre at World Museum Liverpool, England
Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua
Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua is a Presbyterian minister who has committed himself to championing Pacific Island causes. His work with the Tagata Pasifika Resources Development Trust continues to create a strong support hub for Pacific immigrants in Auckland, delivering community education courses and mentoring. Mua is a graduate of Massey University’s Social Work and Education and uses poetry and the arts in his chaplaincy. Born in Auckland in 1957 to Samoan parents he describes himself as an Aotearoa-born Samoan Chinese. He has a strong history with the Pacific Island Presbyterian Church in Newton. “This was the first church established by Pacific Island people in New Zealand and I have always referred to this place as my ‘marae’.
Richard Pamatatau joined Radio New Zealand as their Pacific Issues Correspondent in 2005. He is the state broadcaster’s first Pacific Issues Correspondent and has covered a wide range of issues both in New Zealand and around the Pacific, including poverty in the Pacific community in New Zealand, illegal fishing in the North Western Pacific and political change in Fiji and Tonga. He has a background in IT journalism, writing for both the Dominion Post (as deputy editor of the InfoTech section) and the New Zealand Herald. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish. Richard Pamatatau has also written for a number of New Zealand magazines including Onfilm, Metro and Unlimited.
Dr Karlo Mila-Schaaf
Dr Karlo Mila-Schaaf (Karlo Mila) is a poet, writer, mother, columnist, and researcher. Of Tongan and Pakeha descent, Karlo was born in Aotearoa / New Zealand. She spent ten years living in Auckland where she wrote two books of poetry: “Dream Fish Floating” (2005) and “A Well Written Body” (2008). In 2006, “Dream Fish Floating” won the NZSA Jessie McKay ‘best first book of poetry’ at the Montana book awards. She regularly performs live poetry at literary festivals and public events. Karlo’s PhD thesis focused on the New Zealand-born Pasifika generation, how they negotiate ethnic and national identities, and how they operate in trans-cultural ways. Karlo is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Public Health, University of Otago. As well as writing creatively and academically, Karlo writes a fortnightly Op-Ed column for the Dominion-Post called Pacific Current. She lives with her husband and two sons in Newtown, Wellington.
Sandra Kailahi is a producer and presenter for TVNZ News Now. She completed the Pacific Islands Journalism Course at Manukau Polytechnic in 1990 and since then has completed a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications at the NZ Broadcasting School and a Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Communications at AUT. Sandra joined TVNZ as a reporter for Tagata Pasifika in 1994 and worked on the current affairs programme for 11 years. She left to join Fair Go where she worked for two years. A highlight of her time at Fair Go was helping a New Zealand family wipe $3,000 off their mobile phone charge because the telco had made a mistake with their bill.
Te Atamira Cook Islands Cultural Dance Group of Brisbane
A Brisbane based group of Cook Islanders who perform the Art of Cook Islands Dancing. The group was first established in April of 1985 carrying the name “The Cook Islands Cultural Dance Group”. In April of 1999, they celebrated their 14th anniversary by which time the name was renewed to: “TE ATAMIRA COOK ISLANDS CULTURAL DANCE GROUP OF BRISBANE”. In all their performances, the dancing and the echoing of the drums have attracted the attention of many people of all ages from around the world.
Hura Tahiti Nui
Hura Tahiti Nui (dance Tahiti big) from Tahiti are a 40-50 member group that will feature at this years Pasifika Festival. In Tahiti they appeared at the Tahiti's largest cultural festival Heiva 2010 presenting their own songs in their own costumes. In Tahiti they perform three nights a week at a popular resort.
Joséphine is one of the major Kanak music bands which appeared in the late 1990s, after the “Kanéka” boom of the 1980s. Based in Pweevo (Nord-East) and generally considered as the successor of the local Kanéka band “Waan”, Joséphine is actually led by Patrick Touyada, the former singer of Waan, and also big brother of the Joséphine brothers.