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Lalaga: Weaving Heritage Dance in the 21st Century

Lalaga: Weaving Heritage Dance in the 21st Century

A Fono for all artists and community groups

Saturday, August 2nd

10am – 5pm

Whitireia Performing Arts Centre

Vivian St, Wellington Central

The Pacific Dance Fono has been held in Auckland by Pacific Dance NZ since 2006 and for the first time is coming to Wellington.

The Fono will present a varied programme starting with the morning programme looking at 'Growing Your Arts Business' run by the Pacific Business Trust.

This is an introductory workshop where you will find out about IRD obligations, ideas around business management and setup processes.

This would be beneficial for all artists, community groups, new graduates but also for more established practitioners.

Facilitated by Sefa Enari (PDNZ), Maureen Tukaroa-Betham (PBT Wellington) and Zecharaiah Reuelu (PBT Wellington).

The afternoon programme features a keynote address by the 2014 Pacific Dance Artist in Residence - Tuaine Robati - who shares his experiences about teaching heritage dance and reports back on his residency #PUERA.

We also meet Eddie Soro from Vou Fiji, Fiji's most prolific contemporary dance company. Eddie not only talks about running a dance company in the islands but also ends our day by running a master class in the Fijian Meke.

Sesilia Pusiaki is a Tongan heritage dance practitioner who is carrying on a thousand year old tradition passed through her family. From the family environment to stage, she has successfully made the transition.

Emalani Case (Hawaiian hula) and Veronica Vaovasa (Tokelauan Fatele) talk about maintaining their own heritage dance within the Pacific diaspora.

This leads into a discussion facilitated by Dr Tanya Kopytko (Executive Director DANZ) around models for maintaining heritage dance in the 21st Century.

This will include a panel of all our speakers.

Our day ends with a discussion around what heritage artists need for the future and our practical master class in Fijian Meke with Eddie Soro will surely shake everything into action.

Lalaga is presented by Pacific Dance New Zealand with support by DANZ, Pacific Business Trust, Whitireia New Zealand and Creative NZ.

Check our webpage for more -

Registrater by sending an email with your name and organisation to: or call 09 376 00 60


10:00am – Registrations

10:30am – Pacific Business Trust Workshop (Growing Your Arts Business)

12:00pm – Break

12:40pm – Whitireia Performing Arts Group- Student Works and the beginning of the Pacific Dance Fono

1:00pm – Fono Keynote Address – Tuaine Robati - 2014 PAcific Dance Artist in Residence

1:20pm – Presenter 1 – Eddie Soro – VOU Dance Company

1:35pm - Presenter 2 – Sesila Pusiaki – Pukepuke O Tonga

1:50pm - Emalani Case (Hawaiian hula), Veronica Vaovasa (Tokelauan Fatele)

2:05pm - Discussion – Models of Heritage Dance Maintenance, Facilicator Dr Tania Koptyko – DANZ

2:35pm – Afternoon tea

2:45pm - Breakout Groups – Weaving Paths - feedback about heritage dance futures

3:30pm – Plenary

4:00pm – Master Class Eddie Soro – Fiji Meke

5:00pm – End


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