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The Past With The Present: Teuki

Take a multi-media bus ride through the minds of New Zealand/Pacific people and discover a kaleidoscope of kolours and the rich diversity that exists in our country.

That’s the invitation to 2002 Fringe Festival-goers by Pacific women multi-media performers Audrey Brown and Veronica Vaevae. Their show “The Past with the Present: Teuki” is one of three Pacific and Maori shows, which will run during the Wellington Fringe Festival from March 13 to 16.

Poet Audrey Brown who is of Cook Islands and Samoan heritage, believes poetry lives beyond words on paper. “The Past with the Present: Teuki” is a show that blends together Audrey’s performance poetry with Veronica’s dazzling new media art, seducing you with pacific imagery and sound.

“New Zealand resides in the Pacific part of the world and yet our Pacific identity is generally unknown by ordinary New Zealanders,” Audrey says.

“With the show, Veronica and I want to go beyond the stereotypes of Pacific people – some of us play rugby, dance the hula, and rap – but there’s a whole lot of us that don’t. We want to show the diversity of Pacific people - a unique aspect of New Zealand’s emerging identity.”

“We’ve chosen the metaphor of a bus-ride because the show is a journey - buses are everywhere in the Pacific – Wellington, Apia, Rarotonga – easily accessible – if people want to hop on board for the ride – all are welcome and won’t be disappointed,” promises Audrey.

For more information contact: Publicist Ta’i George (021) 412 774, (04) 471.1274 H, or Audrey Brown (025) 44 79 69

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