TEZA 2015, Transmission

Writer response #3: Rangimarie Sophie Jolley

Image: Gabrielle McKone

The Fruit of Diversity

For some strange reason, the vast and ever expanding universe that is Porirua is forever being swathed in the old brown cloak of ‘poverty, diversity and ghettoisms”. It baffles me that we live in a country which in attitude juxtaposes the affluent and the stricken, yet we seem ironically surprised when a community is able to nourish both.

Meet the new face of Porirua. His home has brick walls covered in ‘tasteful graffiti art’ or vibrant murals, a reliable public transport system to weave through ever expanding roads, the white hill of Whitby that hides behind a brown Creek of Cannon, a stinking inlet that adds a few million to his property view but robs his grandparents of the taste of home, ‘the tūturu locals’, as he calls them.

His face is clean shaven and fresh, lips curled to a smile, his eyes gleam the reflective dance of a sunny wave as it wafts on the Whittakers breeze. His shirt is stained with the grease of a pie from Waitangirua, his jeans streaked green from a childhood of skidding down hills in Titahi Bay.

This young man would be intrigued by the TEZA project. He might have taken his Aunty to Whānau Kōtahi in the Porirua CBD this week and dropped off bags of clothes. They would have stopped and chatted and discussed the developments. His eyes may have wandered across the rocks to behold a strange man… a man currently being covered in cardboard and duct tape.

He certainly wouldn’t have approached, but he would have listened and watched. He would have heard the man call “Can you give me a hand?” to the strangers walking past. He might have laughed quietly, both dismissive and admiring but appreciating the call for volunteers. His Aunty would hurry him away as the TV3 camera’s showed up, another ‘uplifting brown communities through art’ angle for the masses. Perfect shot.

That afternoon he may have called his sister, the purple haired, green eyed goddess currently of Aro Valley. Her conversation with him, his pleas for a visit and that degree in Social Economics might lead her to the TEZA Hub of a Porirua afternoon, partaking in a lunch time discussion pertaining to the struggles of living and thriving in the artistic realm.

She may have sipped on a guava/banana/acai berry smoothie as her tummy rumbled for the real taste of home and her mind reveled in the encouraging messages of the people still seemingly trapped within it. She may even have asked herself why she needed to leave… was it to be free? Her wanderings may take her along the pink pathway in Sharemart, she may have held hand sewn bags equal to the best of the Cuba boutique. ‘My instagram followers would love this!’ she’d snap, sharing the joy of rediscovering pride in her home.

After dinner with the family that night, the siblings may decide to detour on their way home, eager to participate in another of the summits to be held in the TEZA Hub: a solid serving of environmentalism on the degustation menu. They may have smirked at the constant polite references to the darker of the two as a representative of ‘the mana whenua’.

The pair may have nodded in agreement as a room full of enlightened strangers discussed the meal of every hui-ā-Iwi they had attended since birth. They may have even been relieved and proud that this conversation was happening in places other than the Marae, because they knew that these people would be listened to, when they claimed the faces of change.

Theirs may be a true reflection of the need for a TEZA project. I am confronted by the thought that communities aren’t as black and white as we might like to assume. When the roaring greens of Paekakariki met the slow waves of Elsdon we were treated to a diverse spectrum of art. Porirua should be proud of the seed it has planted and the fruit it has on display this week, if only because it depicts the true projection of its diversity.

These projects each contain unique aspects of human character and expression, regardless of social standing, race or financial distribution. Porirua is a nest of creative hives and to celebrate it as such is so refreshing, especially in the face of what I would deem to be traditionally monotonous ideals. In a hopeful country where the middle ground is white, it excites me to see Porirua utilised as the azure hub on a brilliant horizon.

Tino nui te mihi kia TEZA.

Nāku noa,

Rangimarie Sophie Jolley

 

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TEZA 2015, Transmission

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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TEZA 2015, Transmission

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: Monday 23 November

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

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

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.

10-4pm Hartham Place Strong Pacific Families. Come visit representatives of the Porirua pacific island community for workshops and exhibition in this dynamic special space. This week the space is being hosted by the Tokelau community.

Ako Ako: A Role-Swapping Adventure: Today Ash Holwell shares roles with MP for Mana Kris Faafoi. Ash will share Kris’ duties through the morning including the weekly staff teleconference, interviews on Newstalk ZB and Kapiti’s Beach FM, and visit his parliamentary office.
The two will then join TEZA in Porirua, assuming the artist’s role for the aftrenoon.Kris is working on developing a jam session for local musicians, combining his love for guitar playing with the chance to act as an artist to create a collborative event for locals to participate in.
Ash will then take the role of the Mana MP in speaking at an event in Pataka  and the pair will then attend the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards ceremony.

10:00am (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’.
10:30am-4.30pm (TEZA Hub) Porirua People’s Library Pop in and contribute your stories of Porirua.

11am-12noon (Corinna School). You’re invited to help make sourdough pizzas using material from the gardens and help on the vertical gardens with Alicia Rich and Breadmakers of Porirua, Unite!

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

12noon-1.30pm (TEZA Hub) BYO lunch:  Creative Summit Artist Presentations: Hear from and talk with Wellington artist and filmmaker Barry Thomas (a pioneer in community public art, Porirua writer Linda Hansen and Kapiti artist and designer Miriama Grace Smith (part of the Toi Wahine collective and co-runner of Foresight).
2:00pm (TEZA Hub). Volunteer Refinery Mark Harvey. See above.

3-5pm (Education Studio, Pataka Art Museum). Guerilla Publishing: What different styles of guerrilla publishing and distribution can you use to get your stories out there? We look at ideas of self publishing in digital and print as well as poster making and how to get your voice out there. With Lana Lopesi and Faith Wilson. Contact: FaithW@festival.co.nz

5:00pm (TEZA HUB). Just in Time Community Centre Quick Response Unit
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).

 

7:30pm (TEZA Hub) Creative Summit: Who are we to intervene? Environmental movements and human agency.

Welcoming all for an open discussion on the above topic. Presenters include artist Mark Harvey (Waitakere), Sharli-Jo Solomon (Ngati Toa harbour restoration), Megan Oliver (Greater Wellington Regional Council Coastal Scientist) and artist Sutthirat Supaparinya (Thailand).

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Day One TEZA in images: Waitangirua markets, Te Rito, launch and Kava Club

Images: Gabrielle McKone and Andrew Matautia

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Waitangirua Markets. Kawika and Herbie shop for Kava Club Hearty Party.

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Where it all started: Tipi Mana, Waitangirua.

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Sophie and Mark at the market.

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Te Rito Gardens provides opportunity for people to learn the life skills of growing food and becoming sustainable.

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Steve Wilson giving us a tour while the kids made pizza with Simon Gray.

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Wiremu Grace speaks at the Creative Summit.

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A waiata to welcome everybody into the TEZA hub.

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With a brief explanation of all 15 projects by the artists themselves, the TEZA hub was well underway and the Kava Club’s “Hearty Party” began.

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TEZA What’s On: Sunday 22 November

All events are free and open to all.

All day (10-4pm) 10 Hartham Place: Sharemart

Bring your clothes for repair and be shown how to fix them, swap quality clothing for others, get some style advice on those you aren’t sure what to do with!

 

Lydney Place South

Come find out more about this project. What can you offer to a directory offering solutions to all members of society for preparing funerals and dealing with death? We will be discussing all avenues of this directory.This could be as simple as creating flowers, baking, making tissue covers, taking photos, driving whanau to cemetery, mattresses, all sorts of things to ease the transition when the time arises.

4:30-8.30pm: (TEZA HUB) Lomilomi Aotearoa
Lydney Place South

For massage beginners and experts to turn massage into something as common as a handshake in Porirua. We aim to demystify massage myths while encouraging the growth of continuing indigenous healing practices. This learning experience is to increase the health and well-being while promoting holistic wellness for the Porirua Community. Lomilomi is an indigenous Hawaiian form of massage and wellbeing.

This workshop will have an indigenous focus and will be a follow up of the Hui Ho’ola (https://www.facebook.com/events/926697274062845/). We will be using chairs and massage tables to demonstrate effective massage techniques that are easy to learn.

Important:
-Please eat a light meal before class
-We will provide light refreshments for this event
-Please bring your massage table, towels, linens, and oil
-This class is geared for beginners
If you have any questions, please message Lomilomi Aotearoa or email kawika.lomilomiaotearoa@gmail.com.
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TEZA What’s On: Saturday 21 November

All events are free and open to all.

Until 12noon: Join  TEZA artists at Waitangarua Market, Warspite Avenue
Come try some loafs from Breadmakers of Porirua, Unite! and meet some of the artists.

1:00pm: Tour of Porirua Hospital Museum and Te Rito Gardens
Meet at the museum, Upper Main Drive at Porirua Hospital Kenepuru, on the western side of the Porirua Hospital Campus. We then travel to Te Rito Gardens, Hassell Road on the East Side.

2:00pm: Creative Summit – The Land and the Healing.
Te Rito Gardens, Hassell Road
Presenters: Steve Wilson, Wiremu Grace and Friends of the Porirua Hospital Museum
Join us for afternoon tea and discussion on the hospital land’s past, present and future.

TEZA artists and the public are invited to the inspiring Te Rito Gardens on the beautiful former Porirua Hospital land and buildings South West of the Porirua CBD for a discussion and gathering. The first of our Creative Summit discussions, will focus on this special piece of land, its past, present and future. Te Rito Gardens provides opportunity for people to learn the “life skills of growing food and acquiring an income in a sustainable ways”. It is an outstanding example of successful, innovative community practice, and is surrounded by other community and health organisations. An important site for Ngati Toa, the iwi have recently had this land returned to them under the Waitangi Tribunal and are currently in discussion with a property developer for its development. From so-called ‘lunatic asylum’ to psychiatric hospital, Porirua Hospital has had a deep impression on Porirua and the way we consider the value of people.

 

5:00pm: TEZA HUB: TEZA opening
Lydney Place South

6-10pm: TEZA HUB: Kava Club: Chop Suey Hui – The Hearty Party
Lydney Place South
Hosted by Maori and Pacific Island artists cillective Kava Club The Hearty Party features Porirua artist presentations, and a dancefloor. Join us for ‘Karaoke Korero’ and ‘Siva for my Supper’.

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Public Catalyst for Change: TEZA

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TEZA: A week of dynamic innovative public events in Porirua

From November 21 to 29, Porirua’s CBD will be home to a roving hairdresser offering free cuts in exchange for conversation, a pink catwalk upon which to strut your upcycled creations,and a mobile quick response community centre towed by a beautiful Todd Factory’s Hillman Hunter.

Across the street, young photographers from Whitby and Cannons Creek schools will be working together to install their visions for the city, and workshops on everything from bread making, writing rap songs and lomilomi (or indigenous Hawaiian massage) will be run. Lunchtimes and evenings present a dynamic programme of open public discussions drawing together leading thinkers from Porirua and around New Zealand with international guests.

Over 40 workshops and events around Porirua City comprise TEZA: the Transitional Economic Zone of Aotearoa, between 21 and 29 November.   TEZA will be spinning out from a hub of occupied vacant spaces with activities occurring day and night in the Porirua CBD to locations across the city.

Everyone is welcome to join artists from around the country and Porirua for nine days of public space-making as well as discussion and celebration exploring different forms of working together, exchange and wellbeing.

Nick Leggett, Porirua Mayor has described TEZA as highlighting the economic heart of Porirua through its people.  “We are really looking forward for TEZA to be a catalyst for uniting the fabulous social innovation and collaboration that is being done in our suburbs and communities.”

The TEZA week begins on Saturday 21 November at Waitangirua Market then moves to Te Rito Gardens. On the evening of Friday 27th,Titahi Bay boatsheds will be home to a festival and on the weekend, Hongoeka Marae will host a hui called Conscious Roots. All are welcome to attend. The events programme is now available at the TEZA website http://www.teza.org.nz

Other projects include a citizens funeral service, a “People’s Library”, a bread-sharing exchange between cultures, and a project in which an artist swaps roles with everyone from local MP Kris Faafoi to a Mana College student.

Award-winning public art producers Letting Space have commissioned a myriad of different projects in which artists collaborate with each other and community groups, and invite your participation. The daily programme of diverse activity to which you’re invited brings different communities together in a common space, to create a very different kind of festival, or economic zone.

A TEZA Hub is open 9am to 9pm daily at Lydney Place South Laneway in the Porirua CBD, where you can get involved as little or as much as you want. From here activity pops up all over the city, where you can participate ininnovative practices happening at a community and artistic level in Porirua and Aotearoa.

The full programme and project details can be found at http://www.teza.org.nz and for updates on the development of TEZA projects join the Facebook event page TEZA 2015 Porirua.

TEZA is a bi-annual event highlighting new forms of exchange and economic wellbeing at a time when we need to be exploring alternatives.

TEZA is being run in conjunction with Letting Space’s Urban Dream Brokerage programme in Porirua, supported by the Porirua Chamber of Commerce. The programme is funded by Creative New Zealand, with funding partners Porirua City Council, Tautai, Chartwell Trust and Mana Community Trust.

 

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