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.


For the past three days, we’ve listened and discussed grand and humble concepts as well as eating great food in fine curatorial company at this year’s St Paul St gallery symposium, titled Ako Mai, Ako Atu.

Located at Auckland Art Gallery, St Paul St Gallery, Hoani Waititi Marae, Colin McCahon House and Te Uru Waitakere Comtemporary Gallery, curators, artists and directors from various institutions from New Zealand, converged to listen to the keynote speaker, Binna Choi, Director of Casco, respected educator Alison Jones, freelance curators Grace Samboh and Ema Tavola, artists Olivia Blyth, Louise Menzies and Nikau Hindin and designers Desna Whaanga-Schollum and Josephine Clarke share their past projects, current philosophies and future ambitions.

Enjoy this pic of freelance curator and artist Ahilapalapa Rands below , titled ,”Ahi Kaa”, taken by our director, Louise Tu’u at Hoani Waititi Marae this morning.

Copyright We Should Practice

Thanks to St Paul St’s team of Charlotte Huddleston, Abby Cunnane and Tosh Ah Kit for organizing a slick yet relaxed symposium.

Today, we took part and enjoyed a thoroughly excellent workshop from Little Island Press, Auckland Council and Auckland Libraries at Avondale Community Centre, titled, “Talanoa: Making an (almost) perfect Pasifika book”.


These free one-day workshops inform and empower emerging Pasifika writers as to how book publishing actually works, how having completed content is not enough and design tips and tricks for your book.

We were blown away by the generosity of information shared with us by Little Island Press founders Evotia Tamua and Tony Murrow, as well as hearty discussions with fellow participants.

There are only two more workshops, one next week in Otara and the final one in Mangere.

They are both quickly filling up so enrol now to take responsibility and have fun for your next publication. Check out our photos from this beautifully organised, executed and perfectly bound day.



This morning, over forty people gathered together at the Avondale Community Centre to learn how to make sauerkraut with artist Philippa Nielsen.

We met, chatted and laughed with new friends whilst making a humble combination of cabbage and salt into something good for our guts.

Model foods

Thank you to Philippa (centre) and Sylvia (right) & Michelle (left) from Avondale Community Action for organising this wonderful workshop.


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