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The Solomon Islands Auckland Wantok Association (SIAWA) proudly presents Holem strong kalsa blo iumi - Hold on to our culture, celebrating the colourful and vibrant culture of the Solomon Islands. Entirely curated by the community, the exhibit takes its name from a motto passed onto the New Zealand-born young generation.

SUN 4 DEC 2022 - TUES 7 FEB 2023

Solomon Islands Pijin

Solomon Aelan hem wanfala kandere wea garem rich an daeves kalsa. Hem ples wea Polynesia an Micronesia mitim Melanesia. Olketa pipol wea kam from Kiribati, Tuvalu an Saena, olketa tu kolem Solomon Aelan hom.

Disfala exhibition hem soim daevesiti blong Solomon Aelan. Mifala dedikeitim exhibition ia go lo olketa pikinini blo mifala wea bon an big lo hia lo Aotearoa, New Zealand. Mifala laekem fo olketa praod lo kalsa an aedentiti blong olketa.

Olketa stori an audio-visual images from 9 fala Provinces blong Solomon Aelan osem - Choiseul, Isabel, Malaita, Guadalcanal, Western Province, Central, Temotu, Makira an Rennell & Bellona hem fo kipim koneksen wetem hom an helpem olketa visita fo save lelebet abaotim kandere blong iumi.


Sitting at an intersection where Polynesia and Micronesia meet Melanesia, the Solomon Islands is a diverse country with arrivals from Kiribati, Tuvalu and China adding their own flavour.

This exhibition is dedicated to the Solomon Island community's children who were either born or raised in Aotearoa. By retaining and maintaining the vital connections with the heritage of their homeland, this young generation is being inspired to take pride in their own identity, thereby thriving in modern-day Aotearoa New Zealand.

Through film, traditional carved and woven objects, ornaments and instruments from the nine provinces - Choiseul, Isabel, Malaita, Guadalcanal, Western Province, Central, Temotu, Makira, and Rennell & Bellona - members of the Solomon Islands community are invited to reinforce their attachment to their homeland, and visitors to experience the uniqueness of this country.

Image 1: © COCONET TV. Laureen Kwaoga at Melanesian Auckland Festival 2022, Image 2: Boys on the Sandy Beach - PC - Stanley Dausabea.