23 September -
29 September 2007
Tana Umaga and Roger Ellis at a recent Vodafone Wellington Lions
community event in Newtown; Roger feels that renaming Westpac Stadium to
“The Westpac Tana Umaga Stadium” would be worthy way to honour him.
(Photos: Huria Anders Limited/Eagle Technology Group)
It’s time Wellington
honoured its heroes
29 September 2007 -
Source: Roger Ellis Press Release
It’s time for Wellington to honour its home-town
heroes says communications specialist Roger Ellis
who is standing for the Wellington City Council in
the Northern Ward.
“The Wellington City Council should be honouring
Wellington’s own heroes – not just paying a fortune
to attract overseas stars”.
“In recent years Wellington has produced some
exceptional people. The whole world knows what Peter
Jackson has almost single-handedly achieved – a
major league movie industry right here in the
suburbs of Wellington. He has received a
theatre-load of awards from the good and the great
throughout the world”.
“Yet to date the Wellington City Council has done
little to honour this outstanding favourite son. The
same could be said for Weta’s Richard Taylor”.
“At the very least, we could rename Courtney Place,
Peter Jackson Place – after all, it is the location
of his beloved Embassy Theatre, and was the scene of
the extraordinary Lord of The Rings: The Return of
the King world premier in 2003”.
“We could also have a Peter Jackson Centre. I have
no doubt it would become a major international
tourism attraction overnight”.
“As New Zealanders, we can do much more to celebrate
our success. Honouring our heroes is one practical
“We need to demonstrate the same sort of creativity
that Peter Jackson has shown. If I am elected to
Council I would explore the setting up of a Peter
Jackson Film Academy right here in Wellington city”.
“While I am not suggesting the Council fund it, it
could and should be facilitating a tertiary learning
institution – perhaps with Victoria University -
that provides world-class tuition in movie arts and
sciences. Let’s do Wellywood properly”.
“And let’s not forget one of our most loved
sportsmen – Tana Umaga. Wellington born and bred, of
Samoan heritage, he went on to become one of the
great All Blacks, and the first Polynesian All Black
“Tana’s achievements extend far beyond the rugby
field in terms of national identity and Polynesian
“He’s back in town today to launch his foundation
for the young people of our town. Let’s not forget
his extraordinary achievements. Renaming the Stadium
“The Westpac Tana Umaga Stadium” would be worthy way
to honour him”.
Asenati Lole-Taylor is running in the Auckland City Council elections
for the Labour Party in the Tamaki-Maungakiekie Ward this October.
(Photos: Asenati Lole-Taylor/Auckland City Council)
Asenati Lole-Taylor running
for local government
28 September 2007 -
Source: Asenati Lole-Taylor
Greetings to all our constituents of the
Maungakiekie and Tamaki Ward, families, dearest
friends and acquaintances who can help make the
difference to shaping lives of our people through a
successful implementation of the objectives that I
seek to achieve for the good of many.
I am married with three children and a step son. I
am standing as an Auckland City candidate for
Councillor in our area Tamaki/Maungakiekie Ward at
the Local Body Elections this year. I am a local
resident and a Labour candidate. I have an insight
into the culture which Auckland City Council
I am passionate about ensuring the environmental,
social and economic well-being of our local
community. To make that possible, solutions have to
be found for some major issues within our community;
focussing on our youth, crime, transport
infrastructure, rubbish collections, graffiti,
community safety and more. There has been a spate of
home invasions, bullying and assaults, intimidation
and deaths on our streets as a result of gang
These occurrences are totally unacceptable and no
parent, child, elderly person or resident should
have to experience any of them. Not enough is being
done to raise our awareness of some of the social
problems currently permeating through our local
For our Tamaki/Maungakiekie Ward,
• I want to address the current wave of youth
violence, gangs and drugs (the drug “P” in
particular) before it gets any worse.
• I would like to see the upgrade of our main
streets ensuring that people from outside our areas
will feel good when visiting our suburbs and town
centres. This will assist not only in growing our
local businesses, but it will also give a sense of
pride back to our communities.
• I want to see an improvement to the transport
services / linkages from the CBD to Onehunga,
Otahuhu, Glen Innes and Panmure.
• I also want to address the lack of police
visibility/enforcement within our area.
• Our local community needs to be made more aware,
more inclusive and more proactive of these issues,
the waste water charges and rates and other areas of
• And, I want a better reflection of our diversed
community inside Council where the decisions are
being made on how our rates are being spent.
My strength does not come from me alone, but from
many. So with this in mind, I humbly and
respectfully seek your support for these issues and
more importantly your vote.
Background on Asenati:
14yrs on School Board of Trustees, Chair of the
Auckland City Pacific Islands Board, Regional
Advisor of Northern Region Prison Service,
Vice-chair of the ADHB Pacific Health Advisory
Committee, Executive Committee member of Samoa
Auckland City Community Fono, Community
representative on local community reference groups,
Parish elder and member of the PIPC Newton, has been
a manager and coach for school netball and cricket
teams, was also a Pasifika Festival Village
Coordinator for Samoa.
The Mind Your Language Tokelau Resources have been developed by the
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in partnership with the Mind Your
Language Tokelau Executive Board.
(Photos: eventpolynesia.com/Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs)
Young Tokelauans urged to
‘Mind Your Language’
26 September 2007 -
Source: MPIA Press Release
Innovative family and community based language
learning resources are being made available to young
people across New Zealand interested in learning
Gagana Tokelau – the Tokelauan Language.
The Mind Your Language Tokelau Resources have been
developed by the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
in partnership with the Mind Your Language Tokelau
Executive Board, a group of Tokelauan people
passionate about supporting the retention of the
language amongst young Tokelauans.
The first phase of the Mind Your Language Tokelau
release sees visual aids that will be able to take
pride of place in the home and encourage every day
discussions amongst family members in the Tokelau
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Chief Executive,
Dr. Colin Tukuitonga says Mind Your Language is
designed to get more New Zealand born Pacific people
speaking the language of their forebears. “Our
communities in New Zealand outnumber those living in
Tokelau, and sadly our young New Zealand born people
can’t speak these languages. Mind Your Language aims
to change that.”
Dr. Tukuitonga is calling on communities to
collectively support language learners. “Mind Your
Language helps our communities to strengthen their
sense of cultural identity. We hope every member of
the Tokelau community supports the people who make
use of this valuable resource.”
Exhibiting artists Ani O’Neill and Siliga Setoga (and her partner
Lou) with Art curator Giles Peterson on opening night at the Longitude
(Photos: Cook Islands Herald/The Art Studio)
Opening night at the
Longitude Art Show
25 September 2007 -
Source: Cook Islands Herald
It was another brilliant night at the opening of the
Longitude exhibition held at the Art Studio with
many an approving comment throughout the night.
Everyone was in fine form with the Hon. Wilke
Rasmussen doing the honours of opening the show,
then Ian George taking the floor to proclaim that
not everyone realised that Arorangi was the ‘art
capital’ of Rarotonga.
The Minister recalled his early days as an artist
back in the fledgling years of art in the Cook
Islands, when he had been part of an artist group
called Aka Tikitiki. Fellow artists in the group
were Nga Teariki, Eruera Nia, described as doing all
sorts of things’, Michael Tavioni, ‘when he was a
painter and not a carver’, Rennie Peyroux and Joan
Rolls who was their ‘protégé’.
Since those heady days the Minister changed tack and
took up law and is now a Cabinet Minister.
Ian then introduced the redoubtable art curator,
Giles Peterson who had curated the Longitude show
with a delightful mix of works by established
artists and up and coming young artists.
Giles said the show was very diverse which was
deliberately so with textiles, hip hop,
installations, works on glass and more. It had also
been two years in the planning and that the show
represented the first ever showing for some of the
exhibiting artists, some of whom were only 19 years
Incidentally, Giles is well known in art circles and
travels the world to curate art exhibitions and
perhaps it was owing to his influence, but there did
appear to be even more than the usual number of
people in attendance. Whatever the case may be,
gallery proprietor, Kay George felt it was a great
night as well.
Two exhibiting artists were on hand, namely Ani
O’Neill and Siliga Setoga, both of whom brought
along their respective spouses, however, there were
a number of fellow artists who came along to support
the cause. These included Mahariki Tangaroa, Eruera
Nia, Mereana Hutchinson, Maria File, Loretta
Reynolds, Mii Quarter and Michael Tavioni, who
claims he was outside with the ‘boys’.
Spotted amongst the visitors were Justice Tom Weston
and his wife, Margaret Egan, and Air New Zealand HR
manager, Marilyn and her partner, Rob.
As always, Ian George graciously thanked all the
sponsors for the generous support of the arts,
notably Air New Zealand, Pacific Resort, CITC Liquor
and Reef Shipping who shipped in all the art works
from New Zealand.
By the end of the night, there were a number of red
dots on some works, so if you are in the market for
brilliant art works by young artists before their
prices reach the stratospheres, you had better call
into the Art Studio as soon as possible.
Longitude exhibition is open from 11 to 29 September.
'Monotheism #2' by Dan Taulapapa, one of the artists whose works will
be on display at the Auckland City Council Creative Communities NZ
funded art exhibition 'Measina Fa'a fafine' next month.
(Photos: Auckland City Council/Creative New Zealand)
Art exhibition explores
Samoan Fa'a Fafine identity
24 September 2007 -
Source: Shigeyuki Kihara Press Release
The first visual art exhibition of its kind, the
group exhibition entitled 'Measina Fa'a Fafine'
explores Samoan Fa'a Fafine or 'third gender'
identity by showcasing variety of indigenous
interpretations from both Fa'a Fafine and non Fa'a
Fafine Samoan artists.
In Polynesia and specifically to Samoa exists a
small yet a visible community of peoples known as
the 'Fa'a Fafine' literally translated as 'in a
manner of a woman' which is a term used to describe
Samoan individuals who are known to be gifted with
the dual qualities or 'va' (space) between the Men
and Women, not fitting into the western gender
binary system closely related to the notion of
'third gender' identity. Fa'a Fafine are often known
to be working 'behind the scenes' quietly
contributing to their families and are accepted part
of the Samoan culture and community.
However, in the age of globalisation and being
formally colonised people, Samoan Fa'a Fafine today
are faced with variety of hegemonic forces which
continue to challenge them from moving forward
alongside with the rest of the world, due to the
lack of resources available to them as well as their
lack of presence in decision making process to
determine their own destiny.
The exhibition seeks to open up a dialogue between
'insiders' (Fa'a Fafine) and 'outsiders' (non Fa'a
fafine) perspectives amongst artists of Samoan
decent living outside their homeland, to explore how
each artist both relate to the notion of Samoan Fa'a
Fafine identity and experience.
The selection of artists has been chosen for their
direct engagement with the Samoan Fa'a Fafine
community though either or combination of family
connections, social, professional or political
involvement. The artists includes; Dan Taulapapa
McMullin, Reverend Mua Strickson Pua , John Ioane,
Nicholas Netzler, Lisa Taouma, Nanette Lelaulu,
Lindah Lepou and Shigeyuki Kihara (Curator &
Artist). The group exhibition will showcase costume
installations, photography, painting, sculpture and
The exhibition is held at Artstation, 1 Ponsonby
Road in Auckland between 19th and 30th October 2007.
The opening reception is held on the 19th Friday
October 2007 at Artstation between 6pm – 8pm, and
Member of Parliment Luamanuvao Winnie Laben will be
present to officially open the exhibition event.
Opening performances include; DJ Leilani, Cindy of
Samoa, Hamo Kane and Pacific Expressions Dance
The exhibition is also part of the extended program
of the 'LOVE LIFE 2; Sexual Minority Groups of
Pacific Island Origin Fono 2007', a conference
organised by the New Zealand Aids Foundation, held
between 18th and 21st October 2007, taking place in
Auckland. The aim of the conference is to discuss &
confront issues relating to Fa'a fafine across the
Moana/Pacific at both grass roots and at political
level and to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS epidemic
currently spreading amongst the Pacific community in
Aotearoa New Zealand and throughout the Moana.
The exhibition receives generous funding from
Creative Communities Funding Scheme from Auckland
For more information please contact: Shigeyuki
Kihara / firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition title: 'Measina Fa'a fafine'
Date: 19th - 30th October 2007
Venue: Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland Central
Curator: Shigeyuki Kihara
Opening reception: 19th Friday October 2007 /
Artstation / 6pm – 8pm
Free for all to attend!
Competing in this year’s ‘Na Wahine O Ke Kai’ Moloka’i to O’ahu race,
Team Wahoo's is made up of paddlers from Hawaii, New Zealand and the
(Photos: Associated Press / Na Wahine O Ke Kai)
Team Wahoo’s competes at
29th annual Na Wahine O Ke Kai
23 September 2007 -
Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin
The blueprint is hardly unique in paddling.
Top-flight competitors, all rarely having the chance
to practice together and some never having met
previously, join together shortly before race day
and try to quickly blend their considerable skills
and grab the biggest title in the sport.
It's the one Team Wahoo's will use this morning, at
the 29th annual Na Wahine O Ke Kai, a 41-mile race
from Molokai to Oahu across the Kaiwi Channel that
is considered the world championship of women's
long-distance outrigger-canoe paddling.
And it's the one that Team Wahoo's hopes can take
down another team that's already used the blueprint
successfully and will try to do it again; two-time
defending champion Team Bradley.
"It's taking the basic paddling mechanics and
applying them, even among recent strangers in the
crew," said Team Wahoo's steerswoman, Denise Darval-Chang.
"It's not strategy like with basketball, where
everyone has to know their (particular team's type
of) zone, or man-to-man. With paddling, you're doing
the same thing over and over. So if you know the
basics, and you're in shape, you can do this."
A record, international field of 77 teams is
expected for today's race.
Besides Hawaii, other U.S. states and countries to
be represented include California and Maine, and
Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Canada.
An international mix itself, Team Wahoo's is
composed of five elite paddlers from Hawaii --
Darval-Chang, Megan Jones, Donna Kahakui, Malia
Kamisugi and Traci Phillips; four from New Zealand
-- Corina Gage, Leanne Haronga, Amy Robertson and
Sarah Uhl; and one from the Cook Islands -- Serena
Without the time to commit to an established club
team, Kahakui gathered the other top Hawaii paddlers
she could find in similar situations. She then
relied on 13-time Na Wahine veteran Gage to rally
the best she could find among the Kiwis, which
turned out to include a detour to the Cook Islands
"I coach in New Zealand as well, so I'm familiar
with who might be of the calibre to come into an
exceptional crew and do well," Gage said. Among all
Team Wahoo's paddlers, "I think there's a natural
blend of personality and character. We're mellow in
terms of team and group dynamics, and getting along
well together, but once we're on the start line
we're all business."
Said Hunter, who will be attempting the Na Wahine
for the first time: "The Molokai (race) was always
on my hit list. When Corina asked me, I jumped at
Most of Team Wahoo's Hawaii paddlers had never met
their other team-mates before -- much less paddled
and executed open-ocean rotations together in the
same canoe. All crewmembers were trusted to practice
in one-person canoes and cross-train on their own
But in their first practice together, the
crewmembers surprised even themselves by leading for
much of, and finishing a close second at, the E Lau
Hoe, a 33-mile race along Oahu's shores that served
as one of the final tune-ups before the Na Wahine.
Team Wahoo's was eventually overtaken in the
homestretch after a bold course-line shift by Team
Bradley, which picked up its only win so far this
year after going undefeated the previous two.
Even though the mix-and-match formula is proven in
paddling (a Hawaii/New Zealand crew also twice
before won the men's Molokai Hoe world
championship), the women of Team Wahoo's were
surprised by their E Lau Hoe performance. They were
also encouraged, knowing they would have at least a
shot at winning the Na Wahine title two weeks later.
"Surprised would be an understatement," said Kahakui
of the E Lau Hoe. "More like shocked, amazed. As a
group, we just went out to have fun. We don't know
how to exactly explain it, but hopefully we'll have
something similar for Molokai. It's nice to be in
the crowd of other great teams, and we're champing
at the bit to race."
Darval-Chang steered Team Bradley to last year's Na
Wahine victory while its regular and current
steerswoman had a child.
Darval-Chang likes her new crew's chances this year,
though she doesn't necessarily think Team Bradley --
with a single win going in -- is any more beatable
this year, and acknowledges other favourites like
Team Mooloolaba of Australia -- the 2003 and 2004 Na
Wahine champ returning after a two-year break.
"Everybody's beatable and it's been proven a lot so
far this year," Darval-Chang said. The Na Wahine "is
going to be a very interesting race. There's no
secret (to success). Everyone trains hard and does
the best they can to prepare themselves to perform.
This year, unlike last year, I don't have any
pressure, and that's a great feeling. But I think we
have a chance (to win)."