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2017

Auckland Museum’s LATE at the Museum returns for its 10th year of smart talks and live entertainment

Monday, 24 July 2017

Friday Night Bites

What does a “real New Zealander” look like? Who are our allies in a post-Trump world? How do we confront our privilege when we can’t see it?

These questions, and more, will be up for discussion in Auckland Museum’s new LATE series, the popular smart talk series of thought provoking panel discussions and cutting edge performances.

The first of this year’s four LATE at the Museum events –Home Sweet Home? on Wednesday 9 August will look at immigration in New Zealand this election year, separating the facts from myths about migrants, and discussing the pros and cons of our current levels of immigration.

Panel guests include filmmaker Roseanne Liang, writer and broadcaster Ali Ikram, researcher and Maori spokesperson for Migrants and Refugee Rights Campaign (MARRC) Dr Arama Rata, and Massey University’s Professor Paul Spoonley, who is heading a six-year research programme looking at the impacts of immigration and diversity.

Panel moderator Noelle McCarthy, who has just released the immigration-focused Slice of Heaven podcast in collaboration with Massey University, says the choices we make now about immigration will impact our future, so we need to be able to have honest, informed discussions.

"In the age of President Trump, blanket accusations of racism targeting immigration skeptics feel lazy and possibly dangerous. We need to have this conversation," says McCarthy.

Alongside the panel discussion, the breakout stars of the comedy web-series Friday Night Bites (Perlina Lau, J.J. Fong & Ally Xue) will recreate one of their episodes as a live performance and share another scene on the Museum's big screen.

The rest of the LATE series tackles issues that New Zealand is grappling with on personal and political levels: interrogating our global political values, examining personal privilege and exploring issues of diversity in the music scene in New Zealand.

Last year’s season of LATE events was a sell-out, with the combination of lively debate, entertainment and food and drinks attracting large audiences.

LATE at the Museum 2017 is brought to you in partnership with Paperboy Magazine.

LATE: Home Sweet Home? A Question of Immigration is brought to you in partnership with Massey University and RNZ.

LATE AT THE MUSEUM 2017:

WED 9 AUG, WED 13 SEP, WED 11 OCT AND 8 NOV 2017, AUCKLAND MUSEUM EVENTS CENTRE

Tickets are $25 and on sale now from aucklandmuseum.com

For media enquiries please contact Melanie Cooper: mcooper@aucklandmuseum.com