Vunilagi Vou Pacific contemporary art gallery presents free Southside Talanoa Series

Three free dialogue events, as part of a Southside Talanoa Series, will be held in different venues in Ōtāhuhu, South Auckland from August to October 2019. Starting with Dissecting Diversity, where five speakers will talk the challenges, processes and realities of diversity, on Saturday 24 August at the #Ōtahuhu Youth Space from 4-6pm



The three events aim to create forums for discussion tackling cultural, economic, sociological and creative concerns that are ingrained in Pacific visual culture.


They each feature different speakers who will stimulate conversation and ideas, and invite audiences to participate, get involved and gain inspiration.


The series is a partnership with South Auckland-based sound artist and producer, Faiumu Matthew Salapu (Anonymouz / 37Hz) who will be putting together a soundscape record of each of the three events.


The soundscape will add to the online archive of podcasts, documentation and further reading expanding the talanoa.






The first event, “Dissecting Diversity” brings five perspectives on the challenges of diversity: the word, the process and the realities.


What does diversity look like in practice for Tangata Whenua and Tauiwi, what are the challenges and pitfalls of non-Pākehā communities working alongside and within government, galleries and cultural institutions?


The speakers will share insights and experiences, ideas and questions about the pursuit of diversity.


The panel represents a broad cross-section of the groups of our society in Aotearoa most commonly brought to the table to help mainstream institutions to diversify, realise social inclusion outcomes and avoid tokenism.


The Panel:


Nigel Borell, Curator - Maori Arts, Auckland Art Gallery


Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai & Barbara Makuati-Afitu, Lagi-Maama Consultancy


Guled Mire, Community leader, advocate, writer and former refugee


Seuta'afili Dr Patrick Thomsen, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Auckland


Event Details


Time: 3.30pm (Doors open) / 4pm start
Date: Saturday 24 August 2019
Venue: Ōtāhuhu Youth Space, 12-16 High Street, Ōtāhuhu, South Auckland






The second event is a free screening of grond-breaking documentary For My Father’s Kingdom, before hearing fromthe director, Vea Mafile’o who will discuss the film with a panel of Pacific women offering insights from both Tongan and wider Pacific perspectives.


The panel will consist of Sarah McRobie and Siniva Vaitohi (SAY Money Transfer) along with Vea Mafile’o (Director, For My Father’s Kingdom) facilitated by Yolande Ah Chong.


Event Details


Time: 3.30pm (Doors open) / 4pm start
Date: Saturday 21 September 2019
Venue: Ōtāhuhu Rovers Rugby League Football Club, home of the Ōtāhuhu Leopards, Bert Henham Park, 645 Mount Wellington Highway, Ōtāhuhu, South Auckland




And the third event will be a quiz night from 4-7pm, Saturday 25 October at Star Hotel- more details to follow.


The Southside Talanoa Series has been designed to showcase urban Pacific expression and creativity from Tāmaki Makaurau – and share it with the world and is supported by Auckland Council as part of the Pacific Arts Programme.


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Vunilagi Vou is Ōtāhuhu's first-ever art gallery, a new venture dedicated to exploring the potential of contemporary Pacific art, artists and audiences through curatorial projects, community engagement and creative events run by professional curator and Pacific arts consultant, Ema Tavola.