We absorbed a lot from spending a week in the city of sails. The Pacific Islander community is strong and working hard to stay connected to culture. We’re super inspired by all the projects that are happening within the community, from after school homework centres to live tattoo exhibitions, and so many more. Incredible.
We’ve started to gather some stories about great role models and, well, just terrific people.
On an impromptu visit to Mount Roskill we met Arthur, a screen printer working with a firm in Auckland, who, in his free time, goes down to the community centre to train others in the skill and mentor young people. His goal is to keep working and save up enough to start his own screen-printing business.
This was just our first trip to Aotearoa (of many, we hope) and we invite interested creatives in the Land of the Long White Cloud to join the Stella team in sharing positive stories. For more info please contact Amanda.
And can you buy Stella in Auckland now? Well, we met with a handful of potential retailers and now the ball is in your court. Mag Nation is waiting for you to either phone up or pop into their store and request Stella magazine. Let’s reach a critical mass so that they see the need for Stella in Auckland – and in Melbourne too for that matter.
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Telephone: 09 3766933
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A special thank you to everyone for their hospitality and also for the lovely weather.
1. Welcome to Onehunga.
2. The big smoke from Auckland Harbour Bridge.
3. Outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
4. Maori Gallery in the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
5. The Pacific Collection in the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
6. Sepik Masks in the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
7. The Pacific Business Trust Centre is hosting a live tattoo “Lagitatau” exhibition until 26 Sep 2015.
8. Arthur demonstrating his screen-printing for three students.
9. Three black sheep at One Tree Hill, Cornwall Park.
10. Contact Mag Nation, Ponsonby, to request Stella magazine.