School visits in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland – Term 2

Our first aoga/school that our director, Louise Tu’u, visited this term was Papatoetoe High School.

The welcome and visit was fantastic, with everyone learning and sharing something a fun fact with the group. The simultaneous tenderness and yelling of the group was always a reality check for everyone involved. Below is a drawing of the group, based on a photo, taken by Rutaiwaiomana Ueta. Louise’s style is developing her drawing style à la Annie Vallotton.

We particularly enjoyed the honest discussion of what one does with creative work they’ve seen. Louise’s way of dealing with rubbish work was to write her first play, “Le Tauvaga”!

Fa’afetai tele lava ia Rutaiwaiomana Ueta for organising our visit with alofa and ease and Tessa Hawes for hosting us.

Last week, Louise visited Kelston Boys High as their final guest speaker for the library’s LitFest.

Dr. Carol MacDonald, who is the library manager, created this week-long festival this year to celebrate the glorious offerings that their library has to offer, encouraging students to engage with different writers and their processes.

Louise ran a workshop on how to write a book, which the students, Dr. Carol and Mr. Phil were interested and passionate about. It’s easier than you think.

Thank you Dr. MacDonald for the invitation, Phil and all the students.

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