Hui Fono Regional Workshop - Full Series

Hui Fono Regional Workshop: Full Series - Alexandra

This one-day fully-funded hui includes three workshops which will run one after the other. We are running this one-day workshop in Alexandra. Please see details and registration link below:

Weaving cultural practices to understand western frameworks: A community perspective

Edmond Fehoko ImageThis workshop facilitated by Dr Edmund Fehoko weaves the cultural practices of the faikava and kakala to understand Western frameworks from a community perspective. The faikava is a well-known ceremonial cultural practice that has been adopted as an informal and recreational activity embedded in the activities of some churches and other agencies in Aotearoa in recent times. This cultural practice includes aspects of socialising, sharing and talking, social bonding, and fostering camaraderie. This workshop will explore how this social practice has been used as a hub for informal and formal talanoa whilst building and transmitting cultural knowledge. To that point, the workshop will be structured using the Kakala framework. Both culturally meaningful and inclusive, the Kakala framework provides a sense of ownership in Pacific research and education development. Thaman (2003) utilises the process of Kakala making, which is inherently valued in Tongan culture, as a basis for the research framework. The three different processes are toli, tui, and luva. Each step in making the Kakala represents the stages in conducting research. Thaman’s Kakala framework was further enhanced by adding three new phases: Teu, Mālie, and Māfana. Through the cultural practice of the faikava and the kakala framework, we will unpack Western frameworks from a community perspective to support your organisation to better engage with Pacific peoples and communities. In this workshop, you will be participating in a kava ceremony.

Aiono Manu FaaeaAiono Manu Faaea facilitates this workshop. Critical thinking of va or relational space has been featured predominantly in Pacific academic writing to convey how we connect and nurture relationships. How do we prepare ourselves to access our research mindset when we use va? Why should we be explicit with our use of va in all the spaces we occupy? This workshop looks at how we can critically reflect on a community perspective of va steeped in Tongan (tauhi va) and Samoan (tausi va) notions of the term. This workshop will be presented by Aiono Manu Faaea.

Cook Islands Pedagogy – Learning through Ura

Te Hau Winitana imageTe Hau Winitana leads a workshop on ura which is the traditional dance of the Cook Islands. It is told that the expressive communication methodology of ura is closely connected to ‘ori, Tahitian dance, and hula, Hawaiian dance. Distinguished by drumming, ura is an ancient form of storytelling and intergenerational knowledge sharing practice, through movement, costume, and lyrical poetry. This workshop is a practical introduction to the performing art of ura and will teach basic techniques and choreography. Te Hau's work through community learning is founded on ancestral knowledge that connects back to Polynesia, contributing to building a body of knowledge in Pacific arts. Kaupapa Pasifika is embedded in the ethos and epistemology of ura. Te Hau will reflect on her creative process, her teaching practice, her pedagogies as a Creative Director and teacher of traditional and contemporary Cook Islands and Tahitian dance, and her passion to use dance and movement as a storytelling empowerment tool in communities. Please bring a pareu (sarong/lavalava), a water bottle, and a sweat towel with you (it will get hot from moving).

Register for your local one-day workshop:

Alexandra, 5 November, 9 am - 5 pm. Click here to register.