Leeches follows nine award-winning and internationally acclaimed dancers and their experiences living the modern experience of being Kiwi and Pasifika; their turmoils and triumphs of living in a Euro-centric country. The performers take on character roles of members of society to reflect and challenge how the modern Pasifika person is perceived by one another and New Zealanders. Aloalii Tapu & Friends is a performance-based collective lead by Aloalii Tapu, which is committed to presenting Kiwi grown talent and telling the stories of those not often represented.
7 June, 6pm
Opening: ‘Either Possible or Necessary’, Guy Ngan
Artspace 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland
“To be objective in selecting a work for your place of work is especially important. This is where we come into contact with other people on average of eight hours a day on at least five days of the week. To have an appropriate work in your office is more important than to have a great work of art.” – Guy Ngan, ‘Visual Arts and Daily Bread’, 1983. Guy Ngan is a second generation New Zealand artist who offered this statement speaking in 1983, in his capacity as director of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Guy Ngan offered this simple provocation. The future of visual art, as a function of social structures, lay in its appropriate integration with our everyday lives. Ngan, a sculptor, painter, woodcarver, printmaker, educator, and architectural designer, dedicated his career to this vision. Either Possible or Necessary will be opening at Artspace on Karangahape Road on 7 June.
8 June, 3pm – 5pm
Co-op Buying Workshop
Mary Thomas Centre 3 Gibbons Road, Takapuna
Learn how to set up a food co-op! Get access to affordable organics, while building a community around healthy food. The workshop is in the St Anne’s Lounge in the community hub of the Mary Thomas Centre. Feel free to contribute a koha toward venue hire, but it is not a requirement at all.
8 June, 3.30pm – 5.30pm & 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Partner Acro Workshops With Maddy + Liam
The Dust Palace 61E Hugo Johnston Drive, Penrose
Partner Acro NZ Presents partner Acro Workshops with Maddy & Liam! There will be two workshops on Saturday 8 June: workshop one will cover the fundamentals and will run from3.30pm-5.30pm; and workshop two will cover intermediate across from 7.30pm-9.30pm. Workshops are $60, or $100 for both. To secure your place fill in the form below and transfer the money to the account on the form.
9 June, 1pm – 4pm
Talking Culture, Fiona Pardington
Alberton 1863 100 Mt Albert Road, Auckland
Learn about Fiona Pardington’s work and artistic concerns in this free talk, followed by a Q&A. Stay on to view the show and enjoy a spot of tea with scones served from the vintage china. Pardington’s practice considers the complexities of interaction – the fissures and frictions of culture, colonialism, dialogue, and our collective psyche. Presented in association with Starkwhite Gallery, this exhibition will showcase photographs that reflect on Alberton’s architecture, history as a family home and exceptional environment.
11 June, 7pm
Paint & Wine Night – A Night In Paris
Spitting Feathers 16 Wyndham, Auckland
Join paintvine for a night of painting the Eiffel Tower. The concept is simple – take a brush in one handa drink in the other and paint a masterpiece. Join paintvine for a creative night of drinking and painting in the heart of Auckland. No previous painting experience necessary! Get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going. It’s a fun social painting class where our artists will run you through step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own masterpiece in a fun and relaxed bar in Takapuna. Perfect for dates, catching up with mates or for meeting new friends. All the materials you need are provided (high-quality canvas, acrylic paint, brushes). All you need to bring is your creative spirit (or find some at the bottom of a glass). At the end of the night you will leave with your own painting ready to hang up on your wall. You can buy tickets at paintvine.
13 – 15 June
The Heels are Alive | Auckland Live Cabaret Season
The Civic Theatre 269 – 287 Queen Street, Auckland
Fine Fatale storms The Civic in the world premiere of their brand new show, The Heels are Alive. We welcome you to the urban jungle where the tropical flowers bloom, the oceans roar and the sands set fire as the Wintergarden comes to life, featuring the delicious sounds of the Taka Too Wops and the untouchable steps of Fine Fatale. Hot-housed in the wilderness of Auckland city with unadulterated Pacific flair, these birds of paradise call on their ancestors to rise up and meet them front and centre for this contemporary embodiment of Pasifika pride. Surrender to the magic and ride the fantasy.
14 June – 6 July
A Fine Balance
Q Theatre 305 Queen Street, Auckland
A play adapted by Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith, based on Rohinton Mistry’s celebrated, Man Booker-shortlisted novel, A Fine Balance. A story about hope and the extraordinary endurance of the human spirit. India, 1975. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares a state of emergency, ‘cleaning up the city’ by driving thousands of poor from their homes. Dina, a Parsi widow determined to keep her independence, hires two Hindu tailors and takes on a boarder to make ends meet. History comes to life in this vibrant and thought-provoking epic where the stories of the voiceless resonate more powerfully than ever. Co-produced by Auckland Theatre Company and Prayas Theatre and presented by Q Theatre. For more information and to buy tickets you can visit the Q Theatre.
15 June, 6:30pm
Jassy Dean Trust Fundraising Dinner
Tantalus Estate 72 Onetangi Road
Tantalus Estate Vineyard is claiming its place among New Zealand’s premium vineyards and restaurants. It is a rare treat to have dinner there as it’s something they only do on special occasions. And Saturday 15 June is such an occasion: The Jassy Dean Trust Fundraising Dinner at Tantalus Estate. Come and enjoy the fine four-course meal with superb wine and beer from the vineyard and brewery. Don’t miss out on this special evening. Get your friends together and book today. All funds raised help care for the health and wellbeing of Waiheke Children. You can book at the Eventbrite.
18 June, 7pm
Show Me Shorts – Italian Short Film Night – Auckland
The Kingslander 470 Great North Road, Auckland
Show Me Shorts and the Italian Embassy in Wellington present a night of Italian short films. Join us to celebrate the cinema of Italy with this vibrant collection full of magic, friendship, love, art, beauty and cooking! This is an informal and fun event, and all are welcome. The screening takes place in the upstairs function room at The Third Eye. All films screen in the Italian language with English subtitles. Total run time is approximately 77 minutes. No allocated seating, so first in best dressed. The bar will be open with food and drink available for purchase. You can purchase tickets at the Eventbrite.
Every Friday in June
Stoneleigh Presents The Winter Garden // June Pop-Up
The Glass Goose 78 Federal Street, Auckland
This June come and get amongst Auckland’s most hyped pop-up of the season. Find shelter from Auckland’s unpredictable weather and come on up to the Glass Goose rooftop and be transported from the bustling city into a magical garden oasis, serving up speciality mocktails and cocktails, all month long. The roof will be decked with creeping vines, winter tide florals and gorgeous wisterias to transport you to the secret gardens you see in your dreams. The Winter Garden will be open throughout June with the excitement coming alive each and every Friday. Free entry and you must be over 18 to enter.