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Falehanga – Empowering the collective!

Akoteu Kato Kakala Classroom Collective presents:

Falehanga – Empowering the collective!

Exhibition opening: Mon 3 Sept, 10am
Exhibition dates: 3 Sept – 29 Sept
This exhibition and opening are free and all are welcome.
Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Falehanga encapsulates the notion of how important the role of women/mothers within the family living of a Tongan family. Falehanga is used in this art exhibition to spotlight the enriching contribution of Tongan women to building success, empowering the collective and nurturing fānau within the Akoteu context of Aotearoa. This highlight the special relationship that makes up falehanga, which is the contribution of the mothers and the women within the nofo ‘a kāinga (kinship/extended family). A strong element of falehanga include nurturing of the fānau or the children to ensure that they thrive in what they do which is reflected in our work and mission for our children at Akoteu kato kakala. There is also a strong foundation of a family unit that ties together this idea of falehanga that enables kato kakala ‘oku ‘alaha mo manongi – that is reflective of the richness of the collections of kakala gathered in our kato (basket).

Akoteu Kato Kakala began as a playgroup in Māngere 21 years ago. They are now based in Ōtara and have been running as a licensed ECE Centre since 2006. This exhibition highlights their recent mobile sculptures with a strong focus on recycled and found objects.

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