Retrospective Kava Club Love: A night in with filmmaker, Sima Urale
6:00 PM18:00

Retrospective Kava Club Love: A night in with filmmaker, Sima Urale

Māori and Pacific arts collective Kava Club invite you to their celebration for visual storyteller, New Zealand filmmaker - Sima Urale. Join us to acknowledge Sima, with a 21st anniversary party to mark the release of her award-winning film, O Tamaiti. The evening includes a panel discussion, focusing on O Tamaiti. Come and celebrate this important filmmaker whose films explore social and political issues and have been screened worldwide – you’re all invited!


"O Tamaiti has been one of the most widely screened New Zealand films internationally and won Best Short Film at Silver Lion Best Short Film: Venice Film Festival; Silver Plaque Best Short Film: Chicago International Film Festival; Special Recognition Award: Aspen Film Festival (USA), 1996 Best Short Film :Asia Pacific Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, New Zealand Film & TV Awards; Best Screenplay, Flickerfest (Australia) Filmed in black and white and with barely a word of dialogue, it (O Tamaiti) showed cinema's ability to shift perceptions, if not mountains. Innovatively shot from the perspective of an 11-year-old Samoan boy called Tino, as he struggles to bring up his five siblings on a housing estate while his parents are busy making money and more babies."  - TIME magazine, 2005.

This event is part of Siapo Cinema 2017: an Oceania Film Festival at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision




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to May 27

Barber Black Sheep

Chop Suey Hui!
Barber Black Sheep : The Politics of Hair.
Wednesday 24 May 2017 - 17 Tory Street, Wellington

It's free! Hair hair!

The irrepressible Chop Suey Hui and Kava Club crew are back with a vengeance with Barber Black Sheep: The Politics of Hair, Wednesday 24 May 2017.  

Observing the trend of barbershops opening over the last five years around the Capital, our MCs Ati and Liz will converse through a day in the life with new entrepreneurs about how, why, and where to next.

"See, in my day, a barber was more than just somebody who sit around in a FUBU shirt with his drawers hanging all out. In my day, a barber was a counselor. He was a fashion expert. A style coach. Pimp. Just general all-around hustler. But the problem with y'all cats today, is that you got no skill. No sense of history. And then, with a straight face, got the nerve to want to be somebody. Want somebody to respect you. But it takes respect to get respect.” - (“Eddie”, Barbershop, 2002)

Talkshow aficionado Kava Clubber Kassie, with special guests Afronesian mama Savali; Liz 'Lashes' Ah-hi and Rachel 'P Diddy Combs' Pahulu from Te Papa share influences between African American and Polynesian hair culture; daily resistance to Eurocentric standards of beauty to pre-missionary times and how some of our ancestors got their hairdid and why.

"Just as the sea is an open and ever flowing reality, so should our oceanic identity transcend all insularity, to become one that is openly searching, inventive, and welcoming." - Epeli Hauofa

Barbershop Creatives department:

Atmospheric soundscape, Number one deck supervisors: Gem Wilder and Jamie Berry, playing fine tunes

Salon Banquet supervisors: Kowhai, Savali and the Colonel

Stylists supervisors:  Liz, Mish, Kassie, Tony, Ati, Ash, Bridget and Leilani will welcome the amazing Welly creatives from around the way. 

Cut Above Graphic design supervisor:  Herbee

We dedicate this Chop Suey Hui to Louis Bartley, Salote Muagututi'a, Teresia Teaiwa 

With ongoing support from CreativeNZ (Pacific Arts) and Tautai Pacific Arts.

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to Dec 3

Measina Festival

Kia ora, Kia Orana, Talofa lava, Malo e Lelei, Fakatalofa atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni! Woop woop - once again Measina Fesitval is set to deliver the goods!

Kava Club are proud to support the opening night of the annual Measina Festival 2016 at Pātaka brought to you by Jandals Inc and Le Moana:

Wednesday 30th of November from 6pm. FREE.

We'll be serving up the usual chop suey plus making badges with The Liberated Badge Maker.


The following performances will be at Pataka from the 30th of November to December 3rd

Wearing my map – Sunameke Dance
Choreographed by Julia Mage’au Gray

Thirsty – Ali Foa’i

Manu – Taofi Mose-Tuiloma

Shel We? – Those Guys
Dance Choreographed by Tupua Tigāfua

Aumaga – Le Moana
Choreographed by Andy Tilo

Purple Onion – Le Moana

Talofa Papa – Kasiano Mita
Physical Theatre

Book now 
Pataka Art + Museum
17 Parumoana St, Porirua 5022

General Admission Prices:
Adult $15
Child $5
Child under 16 years. Under 5s free on parents' knee.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 

The annual Measina Festival is a platform for some of Aotearoa’s most exciting contemporary PACIFIC artists, PRESENTING THEATRE, DANCE and MUSIC

Proudly sponsored by:
Creative New Zealand
Wellington City Council
Pātaka Art + Museum
Kava Club
Whitireia New Zealand
Taki Rua

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to Sep 2

Moana Screening and Symposium

    New Zealand’s premiere public screening of the restored 1926 film Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age, with sound, is on 1 September, at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, Wellington.

    Followed by a public symposium on 2 September featuring Pasifika filmmakers, writers and artists, it’s a rare chance to see and discuss an exceptional film. Speakers include Sima Urale, Victor Rodger, Sean Mallon, Teresia Teaiwa, Karlo Mila, Nathaniel Lees, and Tusi Tamasese.

    Tickets to symposium are free but bookings are essential. Proudly supported by Kava Club.

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    6:00 PM18:00

    So International - A Chop Suey Hui

    Kava Club proudly presents 'So International' a Chop Suey Hui at Pātaka Art and Musem, 26th August 6pm. 

    Is going over the seas for our passions worth the hustle, multiple funding applications and holding down 3 jobs? Is there a disconnect in the distance or do our hearts grow fonder for the cow paddy paddocks of home?

    Hosted by everyones favorite Herbert Bartley, our speakers include have I got a travel stories for you Rachael Rakena, international Māori man of mystery Teanau Tuiono, is there a Hawaiian Doctor in the house Emalani Case, making art in all corners of the Pacific Reweti Arapere, and the future is full and bright Mīria George, auricle scholar Savali Andrews and the passport is full-up Vera Mey. Dr Terri Te Tau will be hosting a label writing workshop, DJ 808 Broke will feed your ears and there will of course be Chop Suey!

    This Chop Suey Hui will be held in conjunction with the opening of Tauutuutu a new series Bridget Reweti made during an Indigenous Visual and Digital Arts Residency at The Banff Art Centre, Canada.

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    8:00 PM20:00


    Kava Club’s June event is a free music gig: 

    Ten Guitars will be held at Moon Bar in Newtown, Saturday 18 June 2016.

    The Māori Sidesteps

    The Māori Sidesteps

    The line-up of talented musicians from around the way conjure up their own take on the song, “Ten Guitars” live for one night only. A response to a long relationship with a familiar tune from a bygone era, reinterpreted within the ‘space’ created by Kava Club for the evening.

    On the decks playing music by indigenous and Pacific artists will be Anton 'MC Antsman' Carter, and debuting her talents as a Selecta, Welly's own chanteuse, Ladyfruit. Kava Club is also proud to announce live acts from Pacific Underground, recipients of the 2016 Lifetime achievement award at the annual Vodafone Pacific Music Awards. Other performers include the smooth dulcet tones of Mara TK and the amazingly vibrant Maori Side Steps. Special guest DJ Linda T from Auckland art collective D.A.N.C.E. will be promoting the event Saturday day at a pop up site in Wellington city. There will also be guest appearances from other artists on the night.

    Pacific Undergroud

    Pacific Undergroud

    In celebration there will be a special Kava Club pizza paired with Kereru's Wood Fired Toasted Coconut Porter.

    The theme 'Ten Guitars' is in part a nod towards the popular Engelbert Humperdinck song,  acknowledging kiwi crooners and entertainers such as the legendary Prince Tui Teka and artworks such as Michael Parekowhai's Ten Guitars (1999).

    Venue: Moon Bar, 167 Riddiford Street, Newtown, 8pm onwards, 18 June 2016, FREE

    Kava Club is funded by Creative NZ and with the continued support of Tautai Pacific Arts Trust - aiming to reach out to new audiences and artists.

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