Uenuku - Pride at Auckland Museum

Join us for an evening panel discussion as part of the Pride Festival

MON 10 FEB, 6.00PM - 8.30PM

Not suitable for children aged 15 and under

Join us for a special Pride event.

In this panel discussion, Thomas Sainsbury is joined by panellists Louisa Wall, Welby Ings, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, and Tanu Gago.  Our guests will celebrate the milestones of inclusion and explore where to next for LGBTTQI+ communities. 
What were the key moments that triggered the necessary shift in our society’s beliefs and values to allow change to happen?

Relative to other countries in Oceania, LGBTTQI+ rights are advanced in Aotearoa, being the first in the region to enact same-sex marriage. What is going on in other countries, who is the most progressive and who are regressing their human rights liberties and why?  
Globally there is a shift, but there are still places where being queer, gay, bisexual or transgender is a criminal offence or worse, punished by death.

Our panellists will discuss where to next for our Rainbow communities and is there an ideal future to which we should aspire.

Following the panel discussion will be a screening of Welby Ings short film SparrowThis award-winning film is the beautiful story of a small boy who is teased because he thinks he can fly. When a family myth about his war veteran grandfather is exploded, he discovers the strength to stand up to the school bullies in a very unusual way.

Uenuku PRIDE at Auckland Museum is part of the Auckland Pride Festival.

*Radio NZ is recording this session for broadcast on RNZ National in partnership with Auckland Museum at 4pm on Sunday 1 March, repeated at 9pm on Tuesday 3 March.

Tom Sainsbury

Tom Sainsbury is an actor, writer, director and Political Satirist. He became publicly known during the 2016 elections when his Snapchat videos of politicians were shared around the internet. Since then he has acted in Shortland Street, Wellington Paranormal and The Educators. He is also a regular guest on TV2’s Have You Been Paying Attention.

Louisa Wall

Louisa Wall (Ngati Tuwharetoa me Waikato) is proud to be takatapui and a member of the New Zealand Labour Party and Rainbow Labour.

Ensuring all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to live their lives equally with dignity and security, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity is one of Louisa’s key commitments.

This commitment drove Louisa to implement the Marriage Amendment Act 2013. The Act inserted a definition of marriage into the Marriage Act to define marriage as ‘A union between two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity’ and therefore allowed same sex couples to get married. The Act enables all people to have the same choices about how they make a commitment to one another and rectified a discriminatory, unequal and unfair application of the law.

Louisa’s key priorities for our New Zealand LGBTTQI+ community include taking action to eliminate discrimination, violence and bullying for our LGBTTQI+ youth to reduce the high rates of suicide and self-harm and a review of the laws and policies that prevent our LGBTTQI+ community being free from discrimination, under Section 19 of the Bill of Rights.

As chair of the Rainbow Labour Caucus and co-convenor of the Cross Party Rainbow Parliamentary Network, Louisa is committed to be a voice in New Zealand and worldwide wherever discrimination against LGBTTQI+ people exists.

Welby Ings

Welby Ings is a Professor in Design at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. He is an elected Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts and has been a consultant to many international organizations on issues of creativity and learning.

He is also a designer, illustrator and author, and his short films have garnered numerous international accolades including long listings for the Academy Awards.

Welby has been a gay activist since the 1970s when he was outed and eventually expelled from Te Awamutu College. He went on to be active in the 1980s Homosexual Law Reform, the Human Rights amendments in the 1990s and the Prostitution Law reform campaigns in the early years of this century.

In 2001 Welby was awarded the Prime Minister’s inaugural, Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and in 2014 he was awarded the inaugural AUT University medal for his contributions to research and creativity. Last year he was appointed by the Minister of Education to the Guardian’s Group overseeing the educational reforms in Aotearoa.

Ngahuia Te Awekotuku

Ngahuia Te Awekotuku (Te Arawa, Tuhoe,) has been a fierce advocate for Maori, women’s and LGBTTQI+ rights for nearly five decades. She was a founding member of the NZ Gay Liberation Front, as well as Nga Tamatoa: the Young Warriors. Her PhD (1981), focused on Maori women and tourism, and she has worked in the university and cultural heritage sectors. Her most recent fiction work, Tahuri : a limited edition 2017, is about growing up “like that” in the pa in the 1950’s. Her scholarly writing on culture, gender, and sexuality is published both locally and overseas. She was recently made a Fellow of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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Tanu Gago

Tanu Gago is an award winning photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and filmmaker. He is the 2014 Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission recipient, the 2018 Macmillan Brown artist in residence, and in 2018 was inducted into the Order of Merit, with Queen's honours for services to Pacific arts and the LGBTTQI+ community. Gago sits on a number of arts boards and advisory groups and is also a founding member of the LGBTTQI+ Pasifika Trust - The Love Life Fono Charitable Trust.

Born in Samoa and raised in South Auckland. Gago works predominantly in arts and activism, arts curation and mentoring, and producing and touring Queer Indigenous works for the stage. Gago is a founding member of the Auckland vogue scene, as well as the cofounder and creative director of Queer Indigenous Arts Collective FAFSWAG. Whose innovative and boundary pushing art works and performances have seen the Collective tour the world representing Aotearoa and Polynesia.

In 2020 FAFSWAG will present a new collaborative and interdisciplinary, site specific work for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, and tour their award winning Samoan stage production​ FA’AAFA ​ to Berlin. Gago has spent the past ten years invested in cultivating the unique and important voices of our artists and activists within the queer Indigenous space and is committed to supporting pathways for future generations. 

Food & Beverage
Our cafe 1929 will be open for service with a bar and food items available for purchase on the night. 
Plan ahead and purchase food and beverage platters now available on the bookings page.

Grilled Burritos :Tortilla stuffed with rice, corn, refried beans, cheese, peppers and Cajun chicken. (Vegetarian/vegan/ gluten free wraps available.)
A selection of quiche, tarts, pastries and toasted sandwiches also available.

McCleods "Longboarder" craft pilsner available on tap. 
Wines from Hãhã, Hawkes Bay: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sparkling Brut. 

Low alcohol beer, a full ranges of soft drinks, free water and of course coffee are also available.

The Museum Carpark will be open for use.

Please note: Entry is only through the Northern end of the Museum into the Grand Foyer as the Southern entrance is currently closed for building renovations.