Southside Talanoa Series consists of three free dialogue events held in different venues in Ōtāhuhu, South Auckland from August to October 2019. The series has an accompanying online archive of podcasts, documentation and further reading expanding the talanoa of each event. The Southside Talanoa Series has been designed to showcase urban Pacific expression and creativity from Tāmaki Makaurau – and share it with the world. It is proudly supported by Auckland Council as part of the Pacific Arts Programme.

The three events aim to create forums for discussion tackling cultural, economic, sociological and creative concerns that are ingrained in Pacific visual culture. They each foreground different thought leaders to stimulate conversation and ideas, and invite audiences to participate, get involved and get inspired!



Vunilagi Vou is a new venture dedicated to exploring the potential of contemporary Pacific art, artists and audiences through curatorial projects, community engagement and creative events.

Southside Talanoa Series is a partnership with South Auckland-based sound artist and producer, Faiumu Matthew Salapu (Anonymouz / 37Hz) who is crafting a soundscape record of each event. Southside Talanoa Series podcasts will be uploaded here between September and November 2019.

Vunilagi Vou is led by Director, Ema Tavola in collaboration with artist and project manager, Leilani Kake.





Dissecting Diversity
Ōtāhuhu Youth Space
12-16 High Street
South Auckland

For The Community
Ōtāhuhu Rovers Rugby League Football Club
Bert Henham Park
645 Mout Wellington Highway
South Auckland

Southside Quiz Night
Star Hotel
392 Great South Road
South Auckland

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