Pacific Dance NZ hosted ‘Aro’a Atu, Aro’a Mai’ during the Auckland Pride Festival at Wesley Community Centre.
The Auckland Pride Festival launched a month long calendar of events on Wednesday 3rd February.
Pacific Dance NZ partnered with the Wesley Community Centre in conjunction with Proud Centres, an Auckland Council initiative to bring flavour to the annual event.
Cook Island choreographer and dancer Aunty Kura Taruia hosted both an Ura and colourful costume making workshop.
The turn out was great for a Sunday afternoon at the Wesley Community Hall and participants traveled from around Auckland to attend this FREE workshop in celebration of Pride month. They were put to task and performed hip swaying ura kuki airani under Aunty Kura’s watchful eye. The workshop was rounded off with each person making their own ‘ei katu’ (floral head garland) to wear for the rest of Pride month. No Pacific event is complete without food and the catering was provided by Aunty Vaine’s Kitchen. The food was just delectable with Cook Island favourites like maionnaise and donuts, What a treat!
Special guests included the Cook Islands Consulate General Mr Keutekarakia Mataroa and his wife.
We would like to Thank the following people for producing and assisting in bringing this Proud Centre event together: Infay Wong-See (Auckland Council), Ta’i Paitai, Aunty Kura Taruia, Angelyse Armstrong of Aunty Vaine’s Kitchen and the Pacific Dance NZ Team.