TEZA 2015, Transmission

Day Three TEZA Images: Ako Ako, Volunteer Refinery, All Good? Pop-Up Hair Salon, Porirua Peoples Library and the “Just In Time” Community Centre

Images: Amanda Joe, David Cook, Gabrielle McKone and Mark Amery

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Today Ash Holwell shared roles with MP for Mana Kris Faafoi, as part of his Ako Ako: A role-swapping adventureAsh shares Kris’ duties through the morning including the weekly staff teleconference, interviews on Newstalk ZB and Beach FM and visiting his parliamentary office.

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As artist for the day Kris started work on setting up a radio station for Titahi Bay at the TEZA hub.

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Meanwhile out in Hartham Place Mark Harvey started the Volunteer Refinery.

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Creative Summit’s lunchtime artist presentations included legendary Wellington artist Barry Thomas.

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Here’s artist and designer Miriama Grace Smith.

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Jason Muir got creative with hair as part of a TV3 story.

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Tim Barlow was off to Cannons Creek to set up his Just in Time Quick Response Community Centre.

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JIT can be delivered for urgent local requests for community meetings, it is intended as an emergency community space. Here are TEZA crew helping, the lovely Amanda Joe (Titahi Bay) and Paula MacEwan (Cannon’s Creek).

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Barry Thomas, Sophie Jolley and Mark popped by for an introductory lime render making workshop for Tim’s head (made from Trash Palace polystyrene).

Back in the CBD it was blessing time at the Strong Pacific Families space, where Tokelau are hosting activites and art all week. Pictured Moses Viliamu from TEZA with Seanoa Faraimo.

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At the Porirua People’s Library Lana Lopesi was interviewed by Pip Adam, preparing for her Made Up Times project on Tuesday.

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The Porirua People’s Library‘s daily poster project ran by Lana and Faith was full of creativity.

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The evening Creative Summit session talked to the big question “Who are we to intervene?” Environmental movements and human agency were the hot topic.

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Presenters included Mark Harvey (left) and visiting Thai artist Sutthirat Supaparinya.

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Response #2: Lana Lopesi

Image: Andrew Matautia

Who is it for?

Lana Lopesi

Porirua was one of a number of places my dad lived during his childhood. He lived in a state house on Warspite Ave going to Cannons Creek School. His memory of Porirua is waiting for my Grandfather to beat up my Grandmother then going on the bus back up to Auckland, till a week later they would be back in Porirua again, waiting for the cycle to re-start, eventually settling in West Auckland.

Driving past patched members on the way to the Waitangirua Market on Saturday morning to see the Bread Makers of Porirua, Unite by Simon Gray stall, I can’t help but think what we as TEZA know about the varied Porirua lived experiences. Regardless of my Dad’s connection to this place, I am in no way local and neither is TEZA.

TEZA without a doubt is well intentioned, conscious of their positions as outsiders. As Mark Amery recently wrote, “… who are we as outsiders to come in and make the space? The reality is that it’s precisely because we don’t come from one local agenda or group that we have the ability to at least trial opening out new common ground for the wild flowers to spring up in.” But I still can’t help but feel like a cultural tourist reflecting on stereotyped references of the community and to movies like The Dark Horse, waiting to see how the community will react to these various projects across the city. I wonder though if we did have a shared local agenda maybe we would know more about what the community wants and needs (or if they want us at all), rather than designing projects based on our own assumptions, subsequently looking for community buy-in.

Bread Makers of Porirua, Unite by Simon could be a model for community art making in a suburb other than your own. Rather than waiting for TEZA week to get the ball rolling, in a way this week is just another week with other outcomes. Simon put together sourdough starter packs with locally sourced ingredients which he has already distributed all over the city.

The markets are full of roti wraps, like curry but in wrap form. Genius! I sat down to eat my brunch and was joined by a beautiful couple who insisted I try their dumplings. In their hand was a flyer for Paula MacEwan’s The Active Citizens Funeral (who also runs Koha Shed Cannons Creek). So there I was, staring at this woman’s moko kauai, eating dinner for breakfast, brainstorming how we would like to go. Death, a strangely unifying and comforting subject.

Faith Wilson (collaborator for the Porirua People’s Library) and I were heading for the Oasis Community Centre a space right in Mall where you can have tea, a sit down and a chat they also offer services like helping to write your CV. It was good relational aesthetics without trying. On our way in, we bumped into Katarina who was giving us a flyer for that same space. Holding a TEZA programme she asked if we were involved, going on to tell us that Simon dropped a sourdough starter kit to her house a couple of weeks ago. When we walked in, our brunch dates were already sitting there. More women followed, insisting we eat their panikeke. The breaking of bread in Porirua is already happening. There was a wealth of hospitality, generosity and no expectation for your time or your conversations, but more just a fixed safe space, whether you wanted it or not.

The first TEZA Creative Summit was at Te Rito Gardens (after a tour of the Porirua Hospital Museum and gardens themselves). And again there was Simon who had made his bread into Pizza. I have to confess I don’t know anything about gardening and very little about mental health. We are all so polite, a critical and open discussion between 25ish strangers is a hard thing to ask. Wiremu Grace talked about how the land itself was once stolen and is currently being sold back to Ngāti Toa but the general conversation revolved around mental health, the role of safe places, providing people with purpose, and rongoā. With an autistic brother I couldn’t help but wonder who are we to decide what an individual’s purpose is, and is it appropriate to talking about people and not with people.

A quick rush back to the TEZA hub and voila the project was launched. And yet again there Simon was with even more bread, quickly followed by karaoke, chop suey and punch, thanks to the Kava Club.

I’m new to Chop Suey Hui and this deluxe edition was something special. While slightly under populated, the hosting was on fire. The night opened with a local rapper and ended with a local DJ, both played with conviction, I was into it.

I’m already booked in for a new do at the All-Good? Pop up Hair Salon and the space that’s been created for artists all with social interests is beyond valuable. During the project presentations Kerry Ann Lee (also of the Porirua People’s Library) asked the audience how many of them work and live in Porirua, about 10 hands went up. Again that raised the flag are we talking about the community and not with it? I just wonder when we vacate our temporary space and go back to our day jobs who will it all have been for.

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Day Two TEZA Images: Active Citizen’s Funeral, Sharemart and Lomilomi Workshop

Images: Linda Lee and Cassidy Browne

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Sunday was a sunny, more relaxed and less jam-packed TEZA day before the big week. Paula MacEwan ran her fourth Active Citizen’s Funeral discussion down at the TEZA Hub

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People offered practical solutions in preparing for funerals and how to deal with death

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Sharemart is really starting to gain a community in Hartham Place with lots of people working in the space doing repairs to their clothing and looking to upcycle old NZ Post uniforms. A Porirua Guardians uniform (the lovely people who patrol the streets) was even repaired. A visitor Queenie has been working hard for two days straight remaking three blazers for her and her daughters.

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Kawika Aipa taught the basics of traditional Hawai’i healing and massage practice in the TEZA Hub for his Lomilomi workshop as part of Mai ngā kôrero ô neherā, e hui pālua.

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We can’t wait to share with you Monday…

 

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TEZA What’s On: Friday 27 November

All events are free and open to the public to participate.

9am – 9pm (TEZA Hub, 10 Lydney Place South). Pop in anytime to get involved and have a cuppa.

8.30am – 3pm (Titahi Bay School). Ako Ako: A Role Swapping Adventure: Artist Ash Holwell will spend the day in Room 19 where the class is keen as mustard to show the new kid the ropes. Highlights of the day include learning about the rocky shore and how to tell the time, and the popular P.E. session. Ash will have to practice KURA (Kindness, Unity, Respect and Achieve) to keep up with his classmates.

Room 19 students Taylin Timu and Ari McIver (and Ari’s mum) will spend the day at TEZA and take part in the activities.

*An earlier arrangement with a high school fell through but student Nicole Johanson will proceed to spend the afternoon working with All Good! Conversations with Hairdressers to create her own pop-up hair salon. It’s a great opportunity for Nicole to be empowered to follow a dream in the Transitional Economic Zone.

10am – 12pm (Pataka Museum). Porirua Peoples Library presents a special graphic art workshop run by Sarah Maxey – create alternative typographic signage for Porirua Library!  In the education art studio at Pataka.

10am – 3pm (Selected venues around Porirua). The Mobile Zine Table: This is a snapshot of Porirua in one day via zine-making, tea and conversation. People’s Library will pop-up in selected locations around Porirua to make available pens and paper for people to write, draw and share ideas.

Titahi Bay shops 10am – 11am

Outside the TAB in Hartham Place 11:15am – 12 noon

Cannons Creek library 12:30am – 1.30pm

Waitangirua Park  1:40 – 3pm

10am – 12pm (TEZA Hub):  Volunteer Refinery with Mark Harvey. Come explore what it means to volunteer. Join Mark Harvey to explore what it means to be a volunteer. Prepare to have fun with a range of actions in and around constructing a ‘volunteer refinery’.

12pm – 2pm (TEZA Hub). Creative Summit: Creating local art space. What sort of spaces do Porirua artists need? How should the artist and community meet? Includes Toi Wahine, Porirua Community Arts Council, Robbie Whyte, Briar Munro, Katie Duke, Pippa Sanderson and Leanna Leiataua. BYO lunch.

10am – 4pm (Hartham Place). Sharemart: A clothing store and art project with a difference. Come see how members of the Colombian refugee community have refashioned old NZ Post uniforms into beautiful new items and have a go yourself. Bring clothing for mending, re-purposing, styling or swapping.

4pm – 9pm Titahi Bay Boatshed Festival: Celebrating the diversity of people, atmosphere and landscape of the bay. With the support of shed owners, we will be opening as many sheds as possible to create a festival reminiscent of old time classic Titahi Bay celebrations.  Titahi Bay lacks a community centre so for this afternoon the boatsheds and the beach will become the Titahi Bay peoples’ place. There will be musicians and artists, free fish and chips and Titahi Bay sourdough loaf, and old school games. We’re hoping to revive the north-end vs south end tug-o-war too! The highlight of the evening will be the surf club IRB demonstrations around 6pm.

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Response #1: Reuben Friend

Image: Gabrielle McKone

If an art falls on a community, and nobody recognises it, is it still an art?

Art or Community Service

Reuben Friend

Reflecting back on my childhood, it pains me now to say that I am from ‘South Auckland’. Not because of any shame or middle-class desire to distant myself from my past, but because it feels like a cliché, as if succeeding in any given industry is somehow more miraculous coming from a certain part of town.

I know that today I am very fortunate to be where I am, happily perched up in my alabaster alcove, my white-walled and glass-encased Director’s office, looking down from my window at the visitors entering our beautiful cultural facility here at Pātaka Art Gallery and Museum in Porirua. That is until this morning, when I heard TV Breakfast show host Paul Henry ask award-winning Titahi Bay opera singer Amelia Berry how she managed to become so successful having come from ‘Porirua’… and once again that same familiar ‘provincial-cringe’ pinches at my side. What is it about labels that makes it so hard to overcome the stigma that accompanies them?

I remember Peter McLeavey, the late legendary Wellington art dealer, speak to me about this once. He recalled a story about two Mongrel Mob members from Porirua who somehow ventured into his Wellington art gallery during the installation of a McCahon exhibition many decades ago. Upon entering the gallery these burly Māori men were instantly taken back, as if somehow repelled from the gallery by an invisible cultural force field. Or perhaps it was more like an economic electric fence, one that delivered culture shocks, striking the heart with a fear of feeling out of place. From this experience McCahon created the infamous ‘Scared, eh boy’ painting, a message that still rings true to me today.

As an insider looking down from my vantage point today, I see a very different cultural dynamic playing out here in Porirua. Today at Pātaka, the wealthy white business men sit comfortably in their suits sipping short blacks, beside a group of leather-bound Blacks happily sipping their flat whites. Boom box wielding youngsters practice their pre-rehearsed freestyle cyphers, shuffling blissfully past John Key’s bodyguards on security detail ahead of the Prime Minister’s breakfast here at Pātaka.

Despite this breaking down of boundaries and barriers, there remains a stubborn, persistent attitude that Porirua is somehow less. Much like ‘South Auckland’, it is not the label ‘Porirua’ that pains me. I’m cool with the label. But I’m more than ready to do away with the baggage and assumptions that accompany it – assumptions that take ‘realistic expectations’ and twist them into a passive aggressive euphemism for ‘knowing your place’.

Porirua is a young, burgeoning city. Close to twenty percent of the community is under the age of twenty-five and our much beloved Mayor and Deputy Mayor are both well under the age of forty. At only fifty years of age, this city is home to the an eclectic mix of culturally and economically diverse communities. Here long-established family homes in Waitangirua and Cannons Creek sit nestled in amongst the newly minted white-cubed subdivisions of Whitby and Grenada North.

While many of the industries upon which this city was founded have long since closed or shifted shop offshore, the new influx of residents and industries beginning to take root here signals a positive revitalisation of the city centre and suburbs. Overall there is a very real sense of a dynamic community with as many strengths as it has problems.

Despite this cultural and economic milieu, the provincial cringe enveloping our locality clings to the label ‘Porirua’ like tissue paper caught in the wash. No matter how many cycles it goes through, the fluff finds a way to linger longer than expected to one’s attire. If you live with the fluff long enough, you learn to pay-it-no-mind.

I’ve been rocking the ‘fluff’ here in Porirua for the past few years, moving between Cannons Creek and Titahi Bay, while earning a living working freelance curatorial projects in Australia and the Pacific Islands. Flying in and out of the Windy City, one of the biggest things that hit me every time I came back home from overseas is the dilapidated state of the Porirua Cobham Court shopping area – an area affectionately referred to as the ‘Canopies’, despite the recent removal of the actual canopies.

Synthetic cannabis hit the area hard a few years ago and the outside mall shopping area took a major dive. Begging for spare change to feed addictions became common place and many shops folded with the decline in cashed-up clientele. We now have a reef of washed up ‘vacant’ stores that ooze with a palpable sense of disheartening dereliction. Visually and emotionally it weighs heavy on the hearts and minds of our community, becoming one of the major points of contention in the neighbourhood over recent years.

The centre is now undergoing a major redevelopment project which local business owners are hoping will encourage higher profile stores and clientele back into the city centre. The assumed aim of this activity is to create an area where the more metropolitan-minded individual will feel more suited to come and partake in some retail therapy, to enjoy a nice coffee or craft beer or two, and enjoy a meal within a boutique-style village atmosphere.

Much like the McCahon situation at McLeavey’s, hopes and anxieties run high on both sides of the economic fence – particularly with the area currently resembling a construction site, suspending store owner anxieties in a state of trepidation around their futures and the future of the area.

In the midst of this maelstrom a stranger strolled into town. Riding abreast their award-winning reputation for complex and innovative urban art projects, this sophisticated stranger strode into the city centre with a gusto that took much of the community by surprise. Letting Space (with their Urban Dream Brokerage service) have brought with them their much-admired philosophy of ‘social-agency’ and ‘anything-can-be-an-art’. In doing so they have managed to stir up some difficult conversations that many stakeholders are either too polite or too politic to discuss on public record.

For the past month I have been absolutely fixated on these outsiders. These lovely Pākehā outsiders, working their magic in and on our community.

I’ve been a fan of Letting Space since first visiting Tao Wells’ Beneficiary’s Office in Wellington, only to be greeted with a sign reading ‘Off to play golf’. The Porirua iteration of the TEZA project, Transitional Economic Zone of Aotearoa, has been a much welcomed, albeit often confusing, chance for our community to come together to talk about our favourite subject, ourselves. Much like a close friend who is too close to your situation, sometimes a friendly stranger is just what is needed to provide some perspective.

Initially claiming the abandoned old McDonald’s building in Cobham Court as their home-base, a building rich in symbolic resonance of a once thriving community centre, an interesting development occurred whereby the intersections between art audiences and community service providers overlapped. Social agency through art and community activation is not a new proposition for art-insiders, however the concept of art-community collaboration fell awkwardly on our community like a club-footed three-legged race. The concept of an art space with no traditionally recognisable ‘art’ took some explanation, with many people calling me directly at my office at Pātaka for a quiet word to explain exactly how this whole Urban Dream Brokerage ‘art-thingie’ actually works.

During the launch of the Porirua Urban Dream Brokerage at Old McD’s, as it is nostalgically known in the community, I witnessed a great turn out from our community. A mix of artists and social agitators, all gathered under the umbrella of TEZA to help make positive change in our community. As great as this sight was, for me there was a real sense that the overarching project was lost on most of those in attendance. Many people I spoke with didn’t understand how this project constituted art. Old chestnut expectations of ‘paintings’ on walls, ‘sculptures’ and weaving loomed large in the minds of those in attendance, many of whom pulled me aside, asking me to explain the project to them. As the conversations revolved around the room it became abundantly clear that most of the people who attended this event were from social service providers, those well-intentioned members of our community offering food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance under the umbrella of charities, social welfare groups and government assistance agencies – with a sprinkling of artists and activists in the mix.

Watching these events unfold, the underlying issue for me initially revolved around a question of whether the community actually recognised this project as an ‘art’, or more simply another avenue for the already abundant social service providers in our community to set up yet another outlet in the city centre.

Most of these groups were known to me through various avenues in my life, mostly outside of the art world, and my initial reaction following the launch was that these groups perceived this project merely as a free rental space, a place where gambling addiction groups, food distribution agents and other well-meaning providers could meet for free to work in the community. I still largely believe this to be true, particularly after an urgent request for more ‘obvious art’ for display purposes appeared in my email-inbox, suggesting a quick response was needed to calm stakeholder and community confusion about exactly where the ‘art’ was.

Following the reincarnation of Old McD’s as a site, the events that followed subsequently failed to really excited the community. Still half confused about the project in general, most of the comments I heard from the wider community were that they had noticed some people shuffling around that still half-empty, still rundown, construction-site-of-a-building. There was an exhibition of a Korean artist in residence and a wearable art show and inhabitation by Te Wananga o Aotearoa, but these too failed to convince the stakeholders and old McD’s closed its doors to Letting Space. There was to be no more TEZing McDonalds.

Currently, the construction taking place in Cobham Court has raised serious concerns from store owners worried that these interruptions will discourage clientele from visiting the area during the Christmas season. Furthermore, there are concerns that the community art activities taking place in some of the newly established TEZA venues are adding to the unrefined, construction-like feel of the area. As great as artist run spaces are, and as great as it is to have people bringing these once vacant spaces back to life, the retailers here desire higher-profile stores to be operating in the area to encourage more business. The community needs the business too, to provide jobs and draw rate payments into the community.

Having spent the past few weeks coming in and out of the various TEZA projects hosted within other now recently-re-inhabited stores, such as Kerry Ann Lee’s project, Porirua People’s Library, Stronger Pacific Families, the Porirua Arts Council, Sharemart and others, a new question has come to mind. Regardless of whether a community actually understands the conceptual premise of a relational/community-activation type project, does that take anything away from the success of the overall project?

The question I now ask is, what measures of success should be applied to this project?

Unlike Wellington, with its skyscrapers and bustling city center, small retailers here in the suburbs make a huge impact on the surrounding areas. If we were to measure the success of TEZA Porirua in terms of individual art projects, then I would have to say that Letting Space have brokered some quaint little projects that have activated small pockets of our community in a pleasant, albeit possibly fleeting, manner. If we were to measure in terms of activation of the wider city centre then the measurements becomes somewhat more complex, ranging from positive reactions from those who are happy just to see the stores re-occupied, through to less-than-impressed store owners who perceive these activations as merely free-loading hippies (I’m not sure whether the concept of ‘hipster’ has quite dawned on our local horizons just yet) getting free rent in run-down stores without generating any real revenue for the centre.

If however, we measured the success of this project in terms of the critical dialogue and self-analysis that the overall project has elicited in our community, then I could not think of any other medium through which such conversations could be better facilitated.

TEZA Porirua has been a subversively powerful force in the community, a stealthy sleeper-project, distilled in plain-view of the community, germinating slowly, a solution brewing questions as it matures.

In the same way that people who make assumptions about Porirua do not quite ‘get it’, similarly just because a community doesn’t quite ‘get’ the concept of an art project, does not mean that it is not a success. While each of these groups are focused on their individual projects, and similarly stakeholders being equally focused on their key economic performance indicators, the real art here is that of Sophie, Mark and the Letting Space team. This is their art. Social agency through community activation and empowerment.

I think we have to stop thinking about Letting Space as curators or art agents, and legitimately consider the Urban Dream Brokerage itself as an art. They have activated our community in a way that no one else could or would have. It is these agitations and the discussions they provoke that make this project so amazing, complex and indeed timely. It has formed a forum through which we can gather and filter our collective thoughts.

At the time of completing this text, I have been again been whisked away to Australia, working on yet another arts project in Meanjin Brisbane, and I was unfortunately unable to attend the recent Kava Club opening with TEZA in another space facilitated by Letting Space’s Urban Dream Brokerage. But even here, three hours flight away from Porirua, I have bumped into a group of Wellingtonians participating in the saVAage Klub project at the Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art.

As they mention to me that they were disappointed to miss the Kava Club in Porirua I start to feel lighter, as if some more of the provincial ‘fluff’ had fallen off of my attire, smiling a big smile from South Auckland to Porirua, all the way across to Australia.

Ngā mihi Letting Space. Ngā mihi aroha. Nāku noa nei, Reuben

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TEZA What’s On: Friday 27 November

All events are free and open to the public to participate.

9am – 9pm (TEZA Hub, 10 Lydney Place South). Pop in anytime to get involved and have a cuppa.

8am – 7.30pm.   Ako Ako: A Role Swapping Adventure. (TBC)

10am -4pm (Hartham Place). Strong Pacific Families are facilitating  a stunning pop up exhibition of  arts and crafts from the Pacific, along with workshops. The space is hosted this week by Tokelau. Free film festival at 6pm (see below).

10am – 4pm (Hartham Place). Sharemart: A clothing store and art project with a difference. Come see how members of the Colombian refugee community have refashioned old NZ Post uniforms into beautiful new items and have a go yourself. Bring clothing for mending, re-purposing, styling or swapping between 10am – 1pm.  You can also book a session here.

10am – 3pm (Selected spots around Porirua): The Mobile Zine Table. This is a snapshot of Porirua in one day via zine-making, tea and conversation. People’s Library will pop-up in selected locations around Porirua to make available pens and paper for people to write, draw and share ideas.
Titahi Bay shops 10am – 11am
Outside the TAB in Hartham Place 11:15am – 12pm
Cannons Creek library 12:30am – 1.30pm
Waitangirua Park  1:40 – 3pm

11am – 2pm (TEZA Hub). Dream Poster Project. Porirua People’s Library’s daily poster project where we create covers of hypothetical/dream books that we would want to see in PPL. Everyone is invited to create and come up with their own dream book covers – each person gets their own voice. Workshop run by Lana Lopesi and Faith Wilson

12pm – 2pm (TEZA Hub). Creative Summit: Creating local art space. BYO lunch. What sort of spaces do Porirua artists need? How should the artist and community meet? Includes Toi Wahine, Porirua Community Arts Council, Robbie Whyte, Briar Munro, Katie Duke, Pippa Sanderson and Leanna Leiataua.

1.30pm – 5.30pm (TEZA Hub). ALL GOOD? – Pop-up Hair Salon with Jason Muir. Barbarian Productions invite YOU into the barber’s chair to meet maverick hairdresser Jason Muir.

4pm – 9pm: Titahi Bay Boatshed Festival. Inaugural festival celebrating the diversity of people, atmosphere and beautiful landscape of the bay. The festival is based in front of some of the boatsheds on the northern end of the bay. With the support of a number of the shed owners we will be opening as many sheds as possible to create a festival reminiscent of old time classic Titahi Bay celebrations.  Titahi Bay lacks a community centre so for this afternoon the boatsheds and the beach as a whole will become the Titahi Bay peoples place.

Activities musicians, a portable community centre serving free fresh fish and chips and Titahi Bay sourdough loaf, classic beach games like human wheelbarrow/egg and spoon /sack race and sandcastle building. We’re hoping to revive the North-end vs south end tug-o-war! Some of the sheds will be occupied by local artists entrepreneurs/writers and local organisations. The highlight of the evening will be the surf club IRB demonstrations around 6pm.

6pm – 7.30pm (Hartham Place). Film festival presented by Strong Pacific Families.
Tonight: Pollywood Twelve (2014). Rating: M – Violence
A vivid selection of nine short films, this 90-minute multi-genre visual feast has something for everyone – come and sample the filmic menu. The films are presented courtesy of Craig Fasi.

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TEZA What’s On: Thursday 26 November

All events are free and open to the public to participate.

9am – 9pm (TEZA Hub, 10 Lydney Place South). Pop in anytime to get involved and have a cuppa.

8am – 7.30pm.   Ako Ako: A Role Swapping Adventure: Ash Holwell swaps roles today with Shay Green, paddock hand at Wellington Riding for the Disabled. Shay also regularly spends time at Pataka Museum reading and talking to visitors and staff.  Breadmakers of Porirua Unite! will work with Shay to create a sourdough naan bread. Shay is also looking forward to participating in Porirua Peoples Library Raps and Monologues workshop on Thursday.

10am -4pm (Hartham Place). Strong Pacific Families are facilitating  a stunning pop up exhibition of  arts and crafts from the Pacific, along with workshops. The space is hosted this week by Tokelau. Free film festival at 6pm (see below).

10am – 12pm (TEZA Hub).  Volunteer Refinery: Join Mark Harvey to explore what it means to be a volunteer. Prepare to have fun with a range of actions in and around constructing a ‘volunteer refinery’

10am – 4pm (Hartham Place). Sharemart: a clothing store and art project with a difference. Come see how members of the Colombian refugee community have refashioned old NZ Post uniforms into beautiful new items and have a go yourself. Bring clothing for mending, re-purposing, styling or swapping – book a session here.

9.30am – 12pm (TEZA Hub). Workshops with Corinna School and three different artist projects.

11am – 2pm (TEZA Hub). Dream Poster Project: Porirua People’s Library’s daily poster project where we create covers of hypothetical/dream books that we would want to see in PPL. Everyone is invited to create and come up with their own dream book covers – each person gets their own voice. Workshop run by Lana Lopesi and Faith Wilson

12-3 pm and 4-7 pm (TEZA Hub).  Porirua Free Range Rap and Monologue Workshops: Participate in an interactive writing workshop, produce a one page monologue OR a rap, about anything you like! All ages, backgrounds, and abilities welcome. Material will be collected and made into a booklet for Porirua People’s Library archiving our local stories. Workshop run by Pikihuia Haenga, Te Kupu and Amelia Espinosa

12pm – 3pm (TEZA Hub). Porirua People’s Radio is your pop-up, live community station. Tell us tales of Porirua in all of the diverse languages that make up the city.  We’ll record your unique experiences and edit together your personal take on life and the city. You can join us in gathering stories by taking one of our dictaphones out on the street to get your fellow city folk to join the conversation. With Kristen Paterson from Wellington Access Radio.

1.30pm – 5.30pm (TEZA Hub). ALL GOOD? – Pop-up Hair Salon with Jason Muir.  Barbarian Productions invite YOU into the barber’s chair to meet maverick hairdresser Jason Muir (star of our election year Political Cuts project). He’s offering a free blow-wave in exchange for a bit of a chin-wag about the intimacy of the hairdressing profession.

5pm – 7.30pm (Cobham Court). Night Market. TEZA Intervention – Make-a-Market

5pm – 6.30pm (TEZA Hub). Just in Time Community Centre Quick Response Unit with Tim Barlow. Come visit this purpose built mobile community centre towed by a Todd Motors built Hillman Hunter.This community centre provides homage to the artistry of industrial workers that have built Porirua City into what it is today. Until 29 November you can call Just in Time anytime in the Porirua region to arrange a free visit. Need a space for a community meeting? Just call JIT! (021766259).

6pm – 7.30pm (Hartham Place). Film festival presented by Strong Pacific Families and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.
Tonight: Koa o Tokelau/Treasures of Tokelau. A celebration of the people of Tokelau, this compilation of clips include excerpts from Government films, personal records and TV programmes spanning over  60 years. Duration: 60 minutes.

7.30pm – 9pm (TEZA Hub). Creative Summit: New Economy Thinking. With ShareMart and Michel Bauwens, Matt Cranshaw, Paula MacEwan. Facilitated by Richard Bartlett (Loomio).

9pm-10pm (TEZA Hub). Cycle-Powered Cinema: join us outdoors for cinema about Christchurch and Porirua innovation and help power the film with your bike! With thanks to Gapfiller.

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TEZA What’s On: Wednesday 25 November

9am – 9pm (TEZA Hub, 10 Lydney Place South). Pop in anytime to get involved and have a cuppa. All events are free and open to the public to participate.

8am – 7.30pm.   Ako Ako: A Role Swapping AdventureAsh Holwell swaps roles with Tracey Wellington, CEO/co-founder of Kiwi Community Assistance, a food and resource recovery agency to assist people in the community. KCA is often left with clothes unsuitable for passing on and she will be working with Sharemart to repurpose them, possibly leading to an ongoing relationship between locals involved in Sharemart and KCA.

9.30am – 12pm (TEZA Hub). Workshops with Corinna School with different artist projects.

10am -4pm (Hartham Place). Strong Pacific Families are facilitating  a stunning pop up exhibition of  arts and crafts from the Pacific, along with workshops. The space is hosted this week by Tokelau. Free film festival at 6pm (see below).

10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm (TEZA Hub).  Volunteer Refinery: Join Mark Harvey to explore what it means to be a volunteer. Prepare to have fun with a range of actions in and around constructing a ‘volunteer refinery’.

10am – 4pm (Hartham Place). Sharemart: A clothing store and art project with a difference. Come see how members of the Colombian refugee community have refashioned old NZ Post uniforms into beautiful new items and have a go yourself. Bring clothing for mending, re-purposing, styling or swapping – book a session here.

11am – 2pm (TEZA Hub). Dream Poster Project: Porirua People’s Library’s daily poster project where we create covers of hypothetical/dream books that we would want to see in PPL. Everyone is invited to create and come up with their own dream book covers – each person gets their own voice. Workshop run by Lana Lopesi and Faith Wilson

11am – 2pm (Cobham Court, near the table tennis tables, or TEZA hub if weather bad). The Made Up Times: Come along and help publish an alternative, fictional issue of the local daily newspaper. Porirua People’s Library workshop run by Pip Adam

12pm – 1.30pm (TEZA Hub). Creative Summit: Artist presentations from Kemi and Niko, Andrea Sellwood and Kedron Parker. BYO lunch.

12pm – 3pm (TEZA Hub). Porirua People’s Radio is your pop-up, live community station and we want you to share your voice with us. Tell us tales of Porirua in all of the diverse languages that make up the city.  We’ll record your unique experiences and edit together your personal take on life and the city. You can join us in gathering stories by taking one of our dictaphones out on the street to get your fellow city folk to join the conversation. With Kristen Paterson from Wellington Access Radio.With  Kristen Paterson from Wellington Access Radio.

1.30pm – 5.30pm (TEZA Hub). ALL GOOD? – Pop-up Hair Salon with Jason Muir.  Barbarian Productions invite YOU into the barber’s chair to meet maverick hairdresser Jason Muir (star of our election year Political Cuts project). He’s offering a free blow-wave in exchange for a bit of a chin-wag about the intimacy of the hairdressing profession.

5pm – 6.30pm (TEZA Hub)Just in Time Community Centre Quick Response Unit with Tim Barlow. Come visit this purpose built mobile community centre towed by a Todd Motors built Hillman Hunter.This community centre provides homage to the artistry of industrial workers that have built Porirua City into what it is today. Until 29 November you can call Just in Time anytime in the Porirua region to arrange a free visit. Need a space for a community meeting? Just call JIT! (021766259).

6pm – 7.30pm (Hartham Place). Film festival presented by Strong Pacific Families and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.
Tonight: three wonderful documentaries on Pacifica music featuring Song of The South Seas – The Life and Music of Bill Sevesi (1992), Mou Piri: A Rarotongan Love Song (2013), and Bill Sevesi’s Dream (2011). Info:

7.30pm – 10pm(TEZA Hub). Creative Summit : Seeds of Independence.

What resources and tools do we need to make our communities more self-sufficient, resilient and healthier? How might those communities share better with others and in so doing grow stronger?

Presenters: Ulu Toomaga (mental health navigator and Talanoa Cafe founder), Wiremu Grace (Porirua artist and gardener), Ben Knight (Loomio, Wellington), John Poppleton (New Zealand Green Bikes Trust and former coordinator Keep Porirua Beautiful), Tina Pope (Paekakariki gardener and community builder) Alicia Rich (Porirua Schools Garden Club), Daphne Swinton (Whanau Kotahi), and Simon Gray (artist and tutor, Vincents Art Workshop Wellington).

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TEZA What’s On: Tuesday 24 November

 9am – 9pm (TEZA Hub, 10 Lydney Place South). Pop in anytime to get involved and have a cuppa. All events are free and open to the public to participate.

6am – 4pm (Aspiring Walls NZAko Ako: A Role Swapping AdventureArtist Ash Holwell swaps roles with Nick Lambert, a machine operator at wallpaper manufacturing company Aspiring Walls. Nick is a basketball player and is wroking with Porirua’s Deputy Mayor Ana Coffey to install an urban basketball hoop in Lydney Place South, an opportunity for the 22 year old to contribute a collective resource to the city he lives in.

10am – 12.30pm (TEZA Hub): Hawai’i Craft with Kawika Aipa from Lomilomi Aotearoa.
Come weave with us. We invite the Porirua community to craft with organic and non-organic materials using Hawai’i weaving techniques. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill that will be beneficial for all ages. Here you can create a gift for yourself or someone else, but none the less, it is still a gift. In many Pacific cultures, weaving was a time where people would gather to craft useful items for the community, create beautiful art, and even gossip. We invite all who are wanting to learn.

10am – 4pm (Hartham Place). Strong Pacific Families are facilitating  a stunning pop up exhibition of  arts and crafts from the Pacific, along with workshops. The space is hosted this week by Tokelau. Come meet and chat with community leaders in this dynamic space. Free film festival on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6pm.

10am – 4pm (Hartham Place). Sharemart: A clothing store and art project with a difference. Come see how members of the Colombian refugee community have refashioned old NZ Post uniforms into beautiful new items and have a go yourself. Bring clothing for mending, re-purposing, styling or swapping between 10am – 1pm.  You can also book a session here.

10am – 12pm (TEZA Hub):  Volunteer Refinery: Come explore what it means to volunteer. Join Mark Harvey to explore what it means to be a volunteer. Prepare to have fun with a range of actions in and around constructing a ‘volunteer refinery’

11am – 2pm (TEZA Hub). Dream Poster Project: Porirua People’s Library’s daily poster project where we create covers of hypothetical/dream books that we would want to see in PPL. Everyone is invited to create and come up with their own dream book covers – each person gets their own voice. Workshop run by Lana Lopesi and Faith Wilson

11am – 2pm (Cobham Court, near the table tennis tables, or TEZA hub if weather bad). The Made Up Times: Come along and help publish an alternative, fictional issue of the local daily newspaper!  Porirua People’s Library workshop run by Pip Adam

12pm – 1.30pm (TEZA Hub). BYO lunch workshop – Food to Table: Making salad, bread and fermented lemonade.

12pm – 3pm (TEZA Hub). Porirua People’s Radio is your pop-up, live community station. Tell us tales of Porirua in all of the diverse languages that make up the city.  We’ll record your unique experiences and edit together your personal take on life and the city. You can join us in gathering stories by taking one of our dictaphones out on the street to get your fellow city folk to join the conversation. With Kristen Paterson from Wellington Access Radio.With Kristen Paterson from Wellington Access Radio.

1pm – 3pm (Te Kura Maori O Porirua, Ascot Park). Lomilomi Aotearoa with Kawika Aipa: Promoting indigenous health education and cultural practice to youth in Porirua. We will talk with Porirua youth about indigenous knowledge, basic human anatomy, and safe touch. We will be doing a school visit to talk about indigenous healing arts as well as teach the students some simple Lomilomi massage techniques that will help them for the rest of their lives. Because this is a Maori school, we will focus on basic Polynesian views about our human anatomy while practicing ways to safely heal one another.

1.30pm – 5.30pm (TEZA Hub). ALL GOOD? – Pop-up Hair Salon with Jason Muir. Barbarian Productions invite YOU into the barber’s chair to meet maverick hairdresser Jason Muir (star of our election year Political Cuts project). He’s offering a free blow-wave in exchange for a bit of a chin-wag about the intimacy of the hairdressing profession.

2pm – 4pm (TEZA Hub). Volunteer Refinery with Mark Harvey (see above).

4pm – 5pm (TEZA Hub). Launch of the Porirua Loaf with Breadmakers of Porirua UniteSimon Gray will be working with the diversity of ethnic and cultural groups across Porirua City to explore the cultural, symbolic and religious power of bread through sharing bread-making techniques, custom and stories. Breaking bread together, the project will include workshops and events, and a sourdough starter that moves between different communities and groups,making new connections between them (current partners include Te Rito and Porirua Schools Gardens Club).

5pm – 6.30pm (TEZA Hub)Just in Time Community Centre Quick Response Unit with Tim Barlow. Come visit this purpose built mobile community centre towed by a Todd Motors built Hillman Hunter.This community centre provides homage to the artistry of industrial workers that have built Porirua City into what it is today. Until 29 November you can call Just in Time anytime in the Porirua region to arrange a free visit. Need a space for a community meeting? Just call JIT! (021766259).

5pm – 6pm. (TEZA Hub).  Rongoa Maori: Traditional Maori healing workshop hosted by Lomilomi Aotearoa.  In this workshop, we will be teaching participants about Maori Medicine. Guests will have the opportunity to learn, create, and taste some of the medicines of Aotearoa. Rongoa practitioners are rising with the movement of healthy and better living across the globe. We are excited to share the gift of healing through rongoa maori with everyone who wants to learn.

7.30pm – 10pm (TEZA Hub).  TEZA Creative Summit Making Home In A New Land. Presenters include Lorna Kanavatoa (Strong Pacific Families), Lana Lopesi (artist and writer), Kerry Ann Lee (artist and designer), Aaron Packard (350 Aotearoa) and Lomilomi practitioner Kawika Aipa (Hawaii/New Zealand).

 

 

 

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