This morning, we walked part of Darcell Apelu’s Generation Exchange (Auckland), one of the performance works from Te Tuhi’s Share/Cheat/Unite, which traces the lineage of the artist’s paternal grandparents. This walk is the second part of Apelu’s Generation Exchange (Patea), which traced the lineage of her maternal grandparents.

Starting at bus stop 8276 in New Windsor Road at 6am, the determined group walked through some heavy rain and up and over Mt Roskill.

Movement, storytelling and uneven terrain kept us on our toes, with Darcell, leading and at times, disappearing.

The pilgrimage ended at the grave of Darcell’s paternal grandfather in Mangere Lawn Cemetery, with the artist, sharing the history of names and illnesses with us. We left with much to ponder.

Check out our coverage of a thoughtful exercise in performative genealogy.

Thanks to a wonderful scholarship from the New Zealand Film Commission, our director Louise Tu’u attended this year’s Big Screen Symposium for the first time at the University of Auckland’s Business School.

The last two days have been incredible, filled with game-changing conversations, meetings with old colleagues and new friends and fuel to charge upcoming projects.

Highlights included rapper and actor Awkwafina, performing her hit, “My Vag”, courtesy of keynote speaker Heather Rae’s session, “Decolonising the Screen”, editing pearls from Simon Price, Cliff Curtis’ live demonstration of “sleight of hand” and cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s unforgettable screen work and live performances, especially for his sessions.

Malo le taumafai ia Script to Screen for dreaming and making this phenomenal symposium happen in Niu Sila, New Zealand Film Commission especially Amy Tarleton and Fran Carney, all the sponsors and fantastic speakers and everyone who came and made it an awesome weekend.




Magdalena of Mangere

Renowned artist and thinker, Charles Koroneho put director Louise Tu’u’s new work, Magdalena of Mangere through the paces with the help of actors Vanessa Kumar, Max Palamo and Moe Laga.

Thank you Playmarket and Trinity Kingsland Methodist Church Hall for your support.


Today, we celebrated with fifty other members, the 40th anniversary lunch of the Otahuhu Historical Society at the Grange Golf Course in Papatoetoe.

The guest speaker was Judge Trevor Maxwell (left), who shared his lucid memories of growing up in Otahuhu as a young boy in the 1940s and 1950s.

Two remarkable volunteers, Beryl Tucker and Betty Oliver were presented with certificates of achievement and have lived in Otahuhu for more than 60 years.  The raffle of a wonderful hamper, filled with goodies, was won by the lucky Ray Goodger.

The chairperson of the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board, Lemauga Lydia Sosene and fellow board member, Christine O’Brien also spoke.

Happy birthday Otahuhu Historical Society!

For more information on joining and learning more about Otahuhu and its incredible history, please visit them here: http://www.nzhistoricalsocieties.org.nz/members/otahuhu.htm

The next meeting is Monday 26th September, 7.30pm at the Otahuhu Town Hall Complex. All are welcome.




Yesterday afternoon, we attended the innovative show, Share/Cheat/Unite, curated by Bruce E. Phillips (pictured below on the podium), opened at Te Tuhi.

Composed of three parts including a group show, a research initiative and a series of live offsite commissions, Share/Cheat/Unite poses questions regarding the human psyche and explores the more shifty of motives in the name of good or in this case, challenging invited artists who work directly with social relations.

The three-month long iteration of this show features artists such as Jonathan de Andrade, Darcell Apelu, Yu-Cheng Chou, Mark Harvey, Sasha Huber, Aníbal López, Ivan Mršić, John Vea, Hu Xiangqian, Vaughn Sadie & Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre and the mysterious YOUAREHEREWEAREHERE.

We particularly admire the long-term conversation that Share/Cheat/Unite is initiating, asas it will re-appear in 2017 with the same name in the Malcolm Smith Gallery, curated by  Balamohan Shingade.

A huge crowd was welcomed by Hiraani Himona, Te Tuhi’s CEO.

Natasha Matila-Smith’s Lonely Island billboard also was revealed yesterday as well as the announcement of the winner of the 2016 Iris Fisher Scholarship. Eddie Clemens’ Clone Cities sits in the eye of the storm.

Check out our photos of the shows here and head to one of the artists, Sasha Huber talk  about her work, “Dismantling Agassiz” this coming Tuesday at Elam Lecture Theatre in town.

Here is a snippet of one of the two live performances, featuring Ivan Mršić & the Share/Cheat/Unite orchestra.

Make sure you head to Te Tuhi and check out the works and performances for yourself.


Today, we discussed with passion, listened intently and laughed like hyenas at the Pacific Spaces Reading Group at AUT’s School of Art & Design.

The guest lecturer who led this incredibly stimulating discussion was leading anthropologist and academic Dr Amiria Salmond.

Heavyweights in intellect, heart and soul, Dr Lealiifano Albert Refiti, Professor Dame Anne Salmond, Hufanga Professor Okusitino Mahina were there, presenting alongside current academics, lecturers, postgraduate students, museum and cultural heritage experts, artists as well as anthropologists and sociologists on topics such as the ontological turn, perspectivism time or bomb through to non-identity politics.

Thank you Lealiifano for the chance to read, consider and situate rigour, humanity and humour in the same room. 


Yesterday, our director Louise Tu’u led the first year Bachelor of Visual Arts students from Auckland University of Technology’s School of Art & Design in a whakawhanaungatanga workshop in the wharenui of Nga Wai o Horotiu marae.

Here is a photo of the students before:

and after:

Fa’afetai lava mo le valaaulia mai Nova Paul mo lenei galuega taua.