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Celebrate Pasifika in your ‘hood’

18 February 2005

Celebrate Pasifika in your ‘hood’

Auckland city is gearing up to celebrate all things Pasifika with a week of short film screenings and art classes in the lead up to the Pasifika festival early next month. The screenings and classes will run from Monday 7 to Friday 11 March at the Avondale, Oranga and Wesley community centres.

The short film screenings, dubbed Pollywood in the Hood, will provide a rare opportunity to enjoy works from local Pacific Island filmmakers.

The Pacific Artist in the Hood art classes will draw on the talents of three visual artists, Fa’afetai Anutuauai, Amelia Aho Sivi and Edith Sagapolu, to help participants create artworks that reflect their thoughts about belonging in the community.

The classes are part of Auckland City’s ‘Belonging’ programme which encourages people to participate in their communities.

Auckland City community arts co-ordinator Dianna Fuemana believes that ‘Belonging’ projects trigger thinking and discussion around the different ways people feel connected to their community and how and why they belong.

“We hope that by thinking about and discussing these issues, people will be encouraged to get involved in local activities and help to build the types of communities to which we all want to belong. It’s about celebrating diversity and building social cohesion in our city,” she says.

The screenings and art classes are free of charge, art materials will be provided and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please visit or contact the community centres on the details below.

Event details: Pollywood in the Hood (short film screenings) Times/dates: Monday 7 to Friday 11 March from 6.00pm

Screening schedule: Title: Director: Duration: Savage Craig Fasi 10 mins Uso’s Popo Lilo 10 mins Doors Slam in June Jason Taouma 8 mins Taro X Twayne Laumua 5 mins Dots Death Stan Wolfgramm 22 mins Talula talula Barbara Carpenter 10 mins

Pacific Artist in the Hood (art classes) Times/dates: Monday 7 to Friday 11 March 4.30 – 5.30pm

Artists: Fa’afetai Anutuauai Amelia Aho Sivi Edith Sagapolu
Venues (for both events): Wesley Community Centre 740 Sandringham Road Extension Mt Roskill Phone 620 5125 or email

Avondale Community Centre 99 Rosebank Road Avondale Phone 828 3302 or email

Oranga Community Centre Witangi Road Oranga (Furgusson Park) Phone 525 0174 or email


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