8 04 2011

The 2nd South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit will launch with a *BANG* on Wednesday 4 May with our very own special edition of Pecha Kucha Night! The speakers, the space, the energy will all be about the rich and robust culture of Pacific arts practice and appreciation in Southside Auckland City!

What is Pecha Kucha Night?

The Pacific Arts Summit Pecha Kucha Night will give audiences a taste of the people, places, inspiration and motivations behind the month long programme of Pacific art magic happening in South Auckland…  The full speaker list will be announced shortly!

Manukau City / South Auckland’s first Pecha Kucha Night was held in 2008 as part of the Manukau Festival of Arts. One of speakers, Samoan multimedia artist Siliga David Setoga blew us away with his presentation…

Come and check out Pecha Kucha Night in the Southside – it’ll be a very awesome night!

What: Pecha Kucha Night
Where: Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku
When: Doors open 7.30pm / start 8.20pm
Tickets: $5 cash doorsales


Pacific Sisters SOUTHSIDE reunion!

6 04 2011

Niu Sila’s celebrated all woman art collective the Pacific Sisters come together from all corners of the globe to reunite for a one night only, fresh and flash, South Auckland performance.

15 years since they first formed, the sisters are reigniting their kaupapa of urban Pacific grass-roots collaboration to produce Pacific Sisters SOUTHSIDE: EyeKonik, where fashion show meets performance art meets local artists’ showcase. Witness the ’21st Sentry Cyber Sista’ awaken the Po Ula

The collective reminds their fans not to “Miss or Mister boat! – Get in with your best dressed for the legendary ‘freestyle frock action’ and after DARK funKtion.”

British Council and Toi o Manukau have enabled the core collective members to gather in New Zealand to present this unique one-night-only show.

When: 7pm, Saturday 7 May
Where: Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku
Tickets: $10 from Fresh Gallery Otara and Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

D.A.N.C.E Southside!

5 04 2011

Auckland based artists’ collective D.A.N.C.E. (Distinguished All Night Community Entertainers) will entertain guests in a special Pacific Arts Summit performance at Papakura Art Gallery, programmed to complement Sheyne Tuffery’s exhibition The Ancient Mariners.

D.A.N.C.E. facilitates art gatherings in which boundaries are blurred between creative disciplines and where social engagement is their key focus.  The collective’s events incorporate art installations that include themed music, food, refreshments and entertainment. They thrive on the collaborative and social nature of projects and event organisation is considered as much a part of the art as the objects on display.

D.A.N.C.E.’s performances aim to encourage audience engagement and participation as a way of opening up conversation and making art accessible to a wider audience.

D.A.N.C.E Art Club *Live Performance*
11am, Saturday 21 May
Where: Papakura Art Gallery, 10 Averill Street, Papakura

Read more about D.A.N.C.E in the current Tautai Trust Newsletter here

“Square Eyes” will celebrate and validate our voices

2 04 2011

Artist and educator, Leilani Kake, is organising Square Eyes – a Pacific film night in the 2011 South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit…

Tell us why you wanted to do this event
I guess to have a free, open forum to celebrate the mediums of film and video art. With technology such as video capable mobile phones and YouTube, young people have access to creating stories and communicating them internationally. Video installation is increasingly visible in the art schools because I think the message is immediate.

Tell us about the selection process
It’s a little bit of everything from established film makers to emerging film makers to video artists. It’s about relaying no kind of hierarchy but to celebrate the kaupapa.

What do you love about seeing Pacific Island stories in the medium of video and film?
With Pacific Island stories and storytellers, there’s no one fixed Pacific Island identity – there are so many different stories and we can all celebrate them. For our younger generations, whether its stories from the Islands or New Zealand-born stories, they all relate to us. And whether you’re from South Auckland, or from California, we all have that common thread of being Pacific Island – it weaves us together. Square Eyes will celebrate and validate our voices.

Is it important that video art is seen in the context of short film and traditional filmic language?
It’s a good coat tail to ride on! Video art is so experimental so I think it’s a good way to break up a programme of short films. It might be quite hard to get an audience to come and watch video art, so it’s a good way to broaden the audience for video art. It also broadens the audience’s experience of the medium of moving image.

Pollywood Shorts happens once a year around the Auckland region, what’s on offer that’s different from Pollywood?
It’s great to have different varieties of Pacific film festivals, however our one is free! Spending money on parking, transport and entry fees is actually a luxury and it’s sad when art becomes a luxury for our communities.

Creating an opportunity with the Faculty of Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology and the South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit with local audiences is a really positive move for film and video art, and arts in general in South Auckland.

Thank you, Leilani!

Catch Square Eyes from 6pm, Friday 3 June at the Faculty of Creative Arts, Z Block, Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara, South Auckland.

Free and all welcome!

Here Leilani discusses her visual arts practice with reporter Malama Papau on Tagata Pasifika [TVNZ]

November 2010

In 2008, Leilani organised the Manukau Film Festival at Metro Theatre in Mangere East. She is a passionate advocate for Pacific art and artists and is currently showing a 4-channel video installation, Ngā Hau E Whā – The Four Winds at Fresh Gallery Otara.

Square Eyes: short films + video art

1 04 2011

An evening showcasing Pacific stories, talent and wannabe Peter Jacksons, Square Eyes also features video works by recent graduates and current students of Manukau Institute of Technology.

Organiser Leilani Kake says, “when I was young my mum used to say ‘You’ll get square eyes watching too much TV’… come and watch as much as you want and enjoy a night of fresh film, video art and popcorn.”

Highlights of Square Eyes include South Auckland film maker Tanu Gago’s You Love My Fresh and Samoa-based film maker Dionne Fonoti’s Young, Gifted and Samoan.

Square Eyes is presented by Leilani Kake for the Faculty of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology.

Pacific Dance Residency LAUNCH!

1 04 2011

The 2011 South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit will host the launch of the second Pacific Dance Artist Residency, an exciting initiative of Pacific Dance New Zealand!

In 2010, Justin Haiu was selected as the inaugural Manukau Pacific Dance Artist in Residence. Working with the youth within the Manukau community for 8 weeks, Justin presented ‘ID-me’ at the Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, which explored youth identity as Pacific Islanders living and growing-up in Aotearoa.

Justin says about his experience, “I attained more knowledge and insight from the different roles that bring modern Theatre together. Being in a position where I was able to try out and expand on some of the creative thoughts brought about. It was a good experience to work from scratch and see how the whole process would come together.”

The inaugural eight week long Manukau Pacific Dance Artist in Residence was also listed as a ‘significant dance event’ by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) critic’s survey 2010.

Pacific Dance New Zealand in partnership with Auckland Council, DANZ and supported by Creative New Zealand, is now inviting submissions for the Auckland-based ‘Pacific Dance Artist in Residence 2011.’

This exciting new dance residency is offered to an established New Zealand based dancer, dance choreographer or a director of Pacific Island descent with a proven track record of working in a community and or professional theatre context.

The residency will be carried out in South Auckland for 8 weeks starting 4th June 2011.

The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to create a dance work with participants from the community culminating in a public showing at the Metro Theatre (Mangere East Hall) on the 31st July.

Applications close Friday 29th April, 3.00pm.

For more details about the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence, please click on the following link

For enquires, you can contact us on (09) 3700487 or email

Meet the new Artist in Residence and learn more about Pacific Dance New Zealand at the Official Launch celebrations!

When: Saturday 4 June
Time: 1-4pm
Where: Metro Theatre, 362 Massey Road, Mangere East

All welcome!

Dionne Fonoti speaks at the Summit!

1 04 2011

Following on the success of the inaugural Curating Pacific Art Forum in 2010, this year brings a new Forum with a focus on representation, collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue.

Facilitating dialogue between curators, academics, artists and commentators about Pacific art, the event provides a platform for discussion about curatorial practice, research and community engagement.

Keynote speaker Dionne Fonoti is an anthropologist, film-maker and lecturer at the National University of Samoa. Her paper on racism, representation and indigenous consciousness in Pacific film introduces an interdisciplinary consideration of audience and the crafting of Pacific stories.

The forum is being held at AUT University’s new Manukau campus, which has a strong Pasifika vision. The campus offers courses tailored to meet the needs and interests of local Pacific students and the wider institution offers arts qualifications including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Art and Design and Arts Management.

When: Saturday 21 May
Time: 10am – 5pm
Where: AUT Manukau Campus, 640 Great South Road, Manukau City

Registration essential! Contact Nicole Lim on 09 271 6019 /