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Thu 13 Mar 2008, 10:00am

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Elephant Publicity

With an array of new programmes designed to entertain, educate and inform, Auckland Museum embraces the multicultural melting pot that is Auckland city.

Come to the Museum and Celebrate Pasifika from March 13th, beginning with Mea ai taumafa Pasifika, an evening that explores traditional pasifika foods and ingredients. Hosts Virgil Evetts and Janneen Love will guide the audience on an interactive culinary journey exploring the Pasifika theme of Tuna [Common Polynesian word for eel].

An action packed programme of Pasifika themed activities are also on offer for children to explore and get creative. The Hinaki Workshop allows participants to make their very own eel traps – Hinaki - using traditional techniques with artist/maker Loloma Andrew.

Pacific Educator Leilani Salesa will then tell the Samoan story of Sina and Tuna and talk about Niu, the Tree of Life. This is interactive story telling at its best, getting children to see, touch and smell parts of the coconut tree. As part of this exciting workshop children also get to operate and learn how to use a tuwiri (Maori Drill) or a wou (a Cook Island pump drill).

Andries Mentz once again regales young audiences with fun and dynamic tales, this time based around the Pacific as the weird and wonderful Stevenson Pasifika Storytelling engages the minds and imaginations of all ages.

Something for the adults... intriguing film screenings based around the Pasifika theme. First off is The New Oceania; Shirley Horrock’s chronicles the life of novelist and forerunner of today’s renaissance in Pacific arts - Albert Wendt. Wendt’s importance became paramount after two of his novels; Sons for the Return Home and Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree went on to become respected films.

The Pollywood Shorts is also on offer at the Auckland Museum, the Pacific short film showcase once again celebrates the talents of contemporary Pacific filmmakers, using this annual event to share their visions of Pacific culture and experience.

With Easter around the corner, Auckland Museum has created a series of events for both young and old to take part in from March 21. The kids can take home a memento of their visit to the museum on the Easter Trail, discovering eggs in the most uncanny of places across its three floors by joining in the Easter Badge Fun, creating their own gifts for family and friends.

Completing the full March programme are two popular long running exhibitions. Adults can take in the works of photographer Gil Hanly; Nuclear Free: Protest Photography of Gil Hanly which continues to herald in an era of protesting and social awareness regarding the right for New Zealand to be nuclear free. While children can find out what it was like to evolve from a protozoa to our present state as human beings in the enchanting life sized interactive video game Metazoa.

So why not take an hour? Why not take a day? Why not take in everything Auckland Museum has to offer all ages this March!

Visit Auckland Museum website for booking information and prices for the above mentioned activities.

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