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Pacific Thought Symposium

Samoa Head of State His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese will give the keynote address for this year's Pacific Thought Symposium at Waitakere City, 7th March 2009. The thematic of the symposium…

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Samoa Head of State His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese will give the keynote address for this year's Pacific Thought Symposium at Waitakere City, 7th March 2009.

The thematic of the symposium this year is Le Manogi: Fragrance

Tui Atua is one of Samoa's most influential thinkers and a charismatic speaker on Samoan culture and Pacific history.Samoa Head of State His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese will give the keynote address for this year's Pacific Thought Symposium at Waitakere City, 7th March 2009.

The thematic of the symposium this year is Le Manogi: Fragrance

Tui Atua is one of Samoa's most influential thinkers and a charismatic speaker on Samoan culture and Pacific history.For a Head of State to sit down in conversation with artists and scholars is highly inspirational, says Sala Lemi Ponifasio. 'His Highness is visionary and his leadership and presence will have immense impact.'

Also speaking in the program will be other leading Pacific academics and artists.

Inaugurated at the MAUForum 2006, the Pacific Thought Symposium was initiated and convened by Sala Lemi Ponifasio, and academics Leaaliifano Albert Refiti and Dr. Hufanga Oukusitino Mahina.

The Pacific Thought Symposium gathers the community, artists, scholars, elders and students in critical dialogue on thoughts and practices of Pacific cultures.

The Pacific Thought Symposium is organised by Lemi Ponifasio / MAU and it is a major event of the MAUForum. The Pacific Thought Symposium was last held at the Southbank Centre in June last year with other MAUForum events.

The Pacific Thought Symposium will close with a performance by Lemi Ponifasio / MAU at MAU, Corban Estate following the Civic Reception hosted by Mayor Bob Harvey for His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese.

PACIFIC THOUGHT SYMPOSIUM
Date - 7th March 2009
8.00am - 4.30pm
Venue - Council Chambers Waitakere City
6 Henderson Valley Road
Henderson, Waitakere City

CIVIC RECEPTION + Lemi Ponifasio / MAU performance
Date - 7th March 2009
Time - 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue - MAU Theatre
Corban Estate
426 Great North Road
Henderson, Waitakere City

The Pacific Thought Symposium is produced by Lemi Ponifasio / MAU
For further information contact:
Kasia Pol
Landline>(09) 836 9345
Mobile>021 184 8212
Email>mau@mau.co.nz
Website>www.mau.co.nz

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THE PACIFIC THOUGHT SYMPOSIUM
2009 Thematic- Le Manogi: Fragrance

Su'esu'e manogi e su'i ai lau 'ula
fatu ai lou titi aua ou faiva malo
(Searching for fragrances to fashion a garland and skirt, to furnish your endeavours)

This project of the MAUForum, the Pacific Thought Symposium, is a public stage for provocation by different thoughts and practices in the area of aesthetics, science and politics that propose new ways to grapple with thinking about the Pacific.

The making of garlands, ula, and body-oil, fanu`u emits fragrances - Le Manogi - that are deeply connected to where one is from. This scent has such a strong bond with our experiences that it becomes the basis for us acquiring a creative sensibility as a community.

Like the production of fragrance, through the intermingling of different flowers and leaves, Pacific thoughts and practices function to inform and transform our creative endeavours. In this interactive platform, the invited participants and presenters and audience alike will bring their knowledge and skills to interweave an investigative and communicative forum continuously albeit critically wrestling with a dynamic Pacific way of thinking and doing.

MAU

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