It was such an honor for our FAFSWAG members to be part of this years Auckland Pride Festival – Pride Parade. A task made possible by the leadership of Pacific Pioneer Phylesha Brown Acton and the awesome teams at The Project, The Village Collective and Mangere East Family services.

In the years that we have been advocating for our Pacific young people to have a voice and be visible, I have never seen such an overwhelming degree of community support and fellowship in allowing our People to be more visible and present and counted for in their community.

This has been a highlight for the team here at FAFSWAG. you can guarantee we’ll be back next year, bigger, bolder, prouder than ever and making sure our voices and faces are seen and heard.




At the beginning of last year FAFSWAG collaborated with the New Zealand Aids Foundation and their Pacific coordinator to create this image with the intention of creating Pacific driven marketing of the L.Y.C message outside of central Auckland. Hopefully we will get to see this in our communities some time in the near future.


FAFSWAG proudly present No Fruit Without Labour – a group exhibition of emerging Pasefika LGBTIQ visual artists from different regions of Auckland.

Featuring the work of Mahia Jermaine Dean, Tanu Gago, Mita Kiripati, Adrian McBirney, Tony Tia and Luisa Tora.

As an exercise in SWAG, No Fruit Without Labour brings together local artists with their own brand of style, painting a contemporary portrait of todays Pasefika communities.

Centered on the art of ‘story-telling’ artist have conceived a series of narrative works that combine light-hearted and anecdotal humour with poignant social and political commentary. Presenting a personal take on life for the modern FAF.

The result is a diverse collection of staged portrait photography, moving image, graphic design and mixed media installation.

We invite you to join these artists as they share their unique journey and define for themselves the visual landscape of their own lived experience.

When           14 -17 February

                          Exhibition Launch, Friday 14 February, 6pm-9pm

                         Artist Floor Talk, Saturday 15 February, 12pm-130pm

Where       Pitt Street Methodist Church

                        78 Pitt Street, Auckland Central

Tickets      Free





A new pilot event at Fresh Gallery Otara aims to showcase the potential of creative entrepreneurship in South Auckland.

Fresh Art Market is a lively pop-up market day presenting a diverse range of creative products and services including fashion design, nail artistry, event and project management, homeware and photography alongside the more traditional paintings and prints.

Event organiser, Ema Tavola says, “Fresh Art Market is a microcosm of South Auckland’s creative ecology – our artists are not just exhibiting in galleries but earning a living in a range of ways from photographing and designing events, painting murals, facilitating workshops and creating works of art in hair and nails.”


The event is in part influenced from Tavola’s involvement with a colleague from the Indonesian city of Bandung, well regarded for its innovative creative economy. Dian Gesuri has been in New Zealand completing a Master of Arts Management degree at AUT University; the two have spent six weeks sharing ideas about creative entrepreneurship and sector development in an informal residency at Tavola’s home in South Auckland.

Gesuri will deliver a presentation at Fresh Art Market from 9 – 10am on what South Auckland can gain from harnessing creativity and community, collaboration and commerce. Her talk will introduce some inspiring models of creative entrepreneurship that have contributed to social change in Bandung.

Gesuri says, “The driving force of Bandung’s creative economy is people and community, something South Auckland is rich in; the potential for creative economic growth here is significant.”

Stallholders will be offering specials and discounts across all products and services from manicure and pedicure gift vouchers to couture garments, t-shirts, portrait photography, artworks and hand-made accessories.

Tavola says, “This is a perfect time to support local creative entrepreneurs – their products and services are priced to sell and locally designed and produced gifts and treats are an investment in our local creative economy. This will be a truly inspiring day!”

Artists / Creative Entreprenuers involved: Leah Espie Photography, FAF SWAG, Tui and Sulieti Gillies, Tepora Malo, Nesian Nails, The Roots Creative Entreprenuers, Czarina Wilson Design.


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