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WWI Sāmoa: Voices From the Pacific

When:

Sat 30 Aug 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 31 Aug 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Auckland Museum

On 29 August 1914, only three weeks after the First World War began, New Zealand troops took over Sāmoa – then under German control. It was an event that would entangle New Zealand and Sāmoa together through bad times, and better ones.

New Zealand’s military occupation and subsequent control of Sāmoa (until it regained independence in 1962) left a lasting impact on the cultures of both Pacific nations. Our ‘Entangled Islands’ exhibition on Level 2 opens the door on a little-known part of our shared history.

WWI Sāmoa: Voices from the Pacific presents contemporary Sāmoan voices reflecting on the events of the past and celebrating Sāmoan culture in New Zealand today.

Programme

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Pacific Underground

10.30AM – 11.10AM, WWI Sanctuary
Acoustic World Music featuring composer/guitarist Pos Mavaega, singer/composer Tanya Muagututi'a, singers/musicians Talia-Rae, Josephine, Ella Mavaega and percussionist Miguel Fuentes.

Life of Words*

11.20AM – 11.50AM, Māori Court
‘Leaving the Shores’ - a Māori lament is heard as New Zealand soldiers take arms for Britain followed by ‘Proclamation’ - New Zealand enforces her authority. In ‘Olaf Nelson’, hear a powerful letter to the League of Nations written while Nelson was exiled in New Zealand. ‘The Punishing Fields’, a letter from a Chinese indentured labourer serving in the plantations of Sāmoa.

Masina (The Moon)

12PM – 12.40PM, Atrium
Women in spoken word and song featuring writer/poet Serie Barford, singer Valerie Fasavalu, percussionist Miguel Fuentes and poet/spoken word artist Marina Alefosio.

The Sacred Place of the People*

12.50PM – 1PM, Entangled Islands, Level 2
‘The Sacred Place of the People’ is a short spoken word piece; a contemporary reflection on the themes of Entangled Islands.

Taualuga (Final dance)

1.10PM – 1.20PM, Wwi Sanctuary
A special performance by the Auckland Gospel Choir and Pacific Dance New Zealand Siva Sāmoa. Including ‘Proclamation’ – New Zealand enforces her authority over the Sāmoans on arrival.

La’u Rosa (My Rose)

1.30PM – 2.10PM, Wwi Sanctuary
Classical music performances featuring opera singer Daphne Collins, composer/pianist Matatumua Opeloge Ah Sam, Andrew Faleatua, Seumanu Simon Matafai and Choir

Entangled Islands Floor Talk

2.30PM, Entangled Islands, Level 2
Join this informative, engaging gallery talk with associate curator of human history, Gail Romano, as she reveals the stories of Entangled Islands and the development of this collaborative exhibition.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Mafaufau (To Reflect)

10.30AM – 11.10AM, Atrium
Pese song, solo spoken Word, Tala story, and multimedia featuring singer/composer Natasha Urale-Baker, poet/mc Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua, Saxophonist Fred Urale-Baker and poets/writers Tagata Pasifika Resources Development Trust Students.

Life of Words*

11.20AM – 11.50AM, Māori Court
‘Leaving the Shores’ - a Māori lament is heard as New Zealand soldiers take arms for Britain followed by ‘Proclamation’ - New Zealand enforces her authority. In ‘Olaf Nelson’, hear a powerful letter to the League of Nations written while Nelson was exiled in New Zealand. ‘The Punishing Fields’, a letter from a Chinese indentured labourer serving in the plantations of Sāmoa.

Sei Oriana (Rare Exotic Flower)

12PM – 12.40PM, Wwi Sanctuary
Popular Sāmoan songs - acoustic world music/Jazz/Soul/RnB, featuring singer Grace Ikenasio, singer Lapi Mariner, Toleafoa Maua Miller and TJ Taotua.

The Sacred Place of the People*

12.50PM – 1PM, Entangled Islands, Level 2
‘The Sacred Place of the People’ is a short spoken word piece; a contemporary reflection on the themes of Entangled Islands.

Taualuga (Final dance)

1.10PM – 1.20PM, WWI Sanctuary
A special performance by the Auckland Gospel Choir and Pacific Dance New Zealand Siva Sāmoa. Including ‘Proclamation’ – New Zealand enforces her authority over the Sāmoans on arrival.

Hip Hop Lives Here!

1.30PM – 2.10PM, Atrium
Hip hop and jazz music featuring world champion beatboxer King Homeboy, bassist Isaac Etimani, guitarist Lance Sua, drummer Wesley Lomu, composer/singer/pianist Ernest Semu and entrepreneur/rap artist King Kapisi.

The First World War in the Pacific with Damon Salesa

2.30PM – 3.30PM, Auditorium
Join prize-winning historian and academic Damon Salesa, as he talks about the Pacific dimensions of the First World War. In this talk, Damon will pay particular attention to the experiences and significance of the war not just for the Pacific Islands, but for Pacific Islanders themselves.