Southside Pasifika heads Northside
Channel Feature: Arts & Crafts

Southside Pasifika heads Northside
Southside Arts Festival 2014 – Urbanesia at The PumpHoue

Southside Arts Festival is a showcase of the best emerging and established Pasifika and Maori artists from Manukau.

And for the first time, The PumpHouse has been selected as one of the Takapuna venues for the festival which has spread its wings this year to the North Shore from humble beginnings in South Auckland.

Over three days Pasifika peforming artists will present their orgininal works inspired by their respective Pacific Island heritages.

Sei ‘O Fafine                                                             

Created by choreographer Sesilia Pusiaki, Sei ‘O Fafine is a beautifully orchestrated story and the first Tongan dance theatre work in New Zealand.

Sesilia interweaves dance, song and theatre through a universal family story of grief and love as a mother’s struggle to cope and a daughter’s deep dark secret take them on a journey in isolation through the aftermath of a death that rocks the family and sets the two on a collision course.

Viewed through the prism of Tongan cultural values this story will resonate with all cultures.

Niu Dance Works

Seven new choreographers take to the stage as solo artists or in groups to take on different issues of the mind, body and soul. This selection of exciting dance works draws on, and questions a person’s life experiences.  

Featuring solo works by artists Aruna Po Ching, Cassandra De La Croix, Gabriel Halatoa, Elvis Lopeti and Lyncia Muller. 

Also featuring the Samoan duo dance work with Isitolo Alesana and Jasmine Leota.

[Photographer credit: Kit Lawrence and Georgina Kiss Photography]


Created in the Samoan language by acclaimed composer Opeloge Ah Sam, Musika is musical first for New Zealand where a fusion of styles from classical to jazz is interwoven with Samoan music and dance exploring, celebrating and challenging both traditional and contemporary Samoan identity through music.

Musical Theatre’s Greatest Hits

Last year North Shore Music Theatre celebrated 50 years of bringing musical theatre productions to stages all over Auckland. Quite a significant achievement for a local group that was once known as North Shore Operatic Society.

The PumpHouse and the North Shore’s most experienced musical theatre company go way back. It was under its former moniker back in 1980 that North Shore Music Theatre presented its debut production at The PumpHouse, A Music Hall, directed by veteran Takapuna theatre stalwart, John Antony. 

The November stage show, Celebrating the Musical will take the audience on an extraordinary journey of musical theatre’s most memorable songs from the past 60 years. The company’s vast wealth of experience in presenting the world’s most popular theatrical genre means they’re more than qualified to cherry-pick the biggest and brightest hits of Broadway and the West End. Bring the kids and grandkids – they’ll finally understand why you sing in the shower!

Soul Food 

Psychic Medium and all-round nice bloke Kelvin Cruickshank returns to The PumpHouse with Soul Food - an evening with this well-known regular from TV’s Sensing Murder. His last PumpHouse appearance was a sell-out so due to demand from the fans who missed his June appearance, he’s decided to return for one night only. Don’t miss out this time.

Stop Press: Kelvin has postponed his November appearance until December. 

A Celebration of Iranian Culture


We don’t hear much from Auckland’s ex-pat Iranian community so it’s with great delight that The PumpHouse is host to A Celebration of Iranian Culture at the end of this month. Iranian artists will perform spoken word and music for one day and night. Perhaps it’s time we stepped outside our comfort zones and experience how truly multicultural Auckland has become.


What’s On


November 7 @ 5pm

Friday Forum


Janice Webb


November 8 - 23

North Shore Music Theatre presents

Celebrating the Musical


November 17 @ 7pm

New date – December 15th @ 7pm

Soul Food

An Evening with Psychic Medium

Kelvin Cruickshank


November 27 – 29

Southside Arts Festival 2014

Pacific Dance and Music

Sei ‘O Fafine

Niu Dance Works



November 30th @ 4pm

I for Iran presents

A Celebration of Iranian Culture

Poetry, Music and Talk


December 8 - 20

Tim Bray Productions presents

School holidays theatre for children

The Santa Claus Show

By Tim Bray

Various session times


The PumpHouse Theatre

Killarney Park, off Manurere Ave


Bookings Ph 489 8360

By Channel Editorial

Channel Magazine: Issuu 49 November 2014

Features articles by Channel Editorial