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Through Dusky Maiden Eyes: CANCELLED

Through Dusky Maiden Eyes: CANCELLED

Sorry this event has been cancelled


  • Thu 22 May ’14, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Fri 23 May ’14, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Sat 24 May ’14, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Sat 24 May ’14, 8:00pm – 9:30pm


Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Mangere


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.00

Through Dusky Maiden Eyes by Taofia Pelesasa

I have always had a close affiliation to the females of my family. Like many Pasifika families I was raised in a neighbourhood, community and culture where men had first and final word. Things were run with an iron fist.

I am a Pacific male proudly raised and nurtured in the warmth of the women around me. Beautiful coloured women; my grandmothers, mother, sisters, cousins, aunties, nieces and female friends each whose stories, experiences, relationships with the men in their lives and the expectations of the worlds around them had shaped my worldview profoundly.
This is in honour of them.

This story looks at the struggles and the spirit of a new generation of ‘Dusky Maidens’. Where the once romantic perception of Polynesian women and their lifestyles is stripped apart and told; without the long flowing hair, the hibiscus and golden skin but with complete and utter truth. From the streets of Aotearoa and passed through the (juju) lips of nine beautiful Polynesian young women.

Re-creating the Dusky Polynesian woman through the gaze of this generation.

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