Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


A celebration of Tongan art and culture


The Ashburton Art Gallery is pleased to present Tonga ‘I Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary, an exhibition of contemporary Tonga art, from Pataka Art+Museum, Porirua. The Ashburton Art Gallery is one of only three venues in the South Island to host this exhibition from Wednesday 11th November through to Sunday 24th January. This groundbreaking exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the work of artists of Tongan heritage living in New Zealand.

This show will open to the public on Tuesday the 10th of November at 6pm in partnership with the Tongan families of Ashburton who will support this exhibition opening with a celebratory evening of traditional performance and food. All are welcome to attend, we hope many people will come along to experience the wonderful diversity of the art and connect with the local Tongan families.

Tonga ‘I Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary consist of work by twelve Tongan artists, all of whom now live in New Zealand. The works of these artists is diverse and includes sculpture, painting, tapa, photography, video and installation.

Exhibition Curator Nina Kinahoi Tonga says, “Collectively the works in this exhibition embody the experiences of Tongan people living in New Zealand whose connection (and disconnections) from afar continually enrich notions of Tonga.” Tonga will make a special trip to Ashburton to give a floor talk on the 17th of December at 5:30pm to discuss the works included in the exhibition.

In conjunction with this exhibition throughout December at the Gallery we invite visitors to take inspiration from artist Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi works. In particular his collection of Haukulasi which are three dimensional woven works in string and kafa (sennit) with all visitors being invited to make their own woven hanging decorations.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>

Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>

Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland