Teu Le Va – New Works FIKA & J.3PK by FIKA writers and J.3PK

FIKA Writers and J.3PK present new poetry/prose and music in response to the Dawn Raid policy that affected Pacific peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand during the 1970s. The Dawn Raid policy focussed unfairly on Pacific people and created a negative ‘overstayer’ perspective that was unjustified and long lasting. In 2021, the NZ government made a public apology in respect to Dawn Raids and its impact on Pacific people demonstrated over time.

Teu Le Va will give perspective on the ‘lived’ experience of the policy for Pacific families in Ōtautahi, Canterbury. The performance will also include additional new works by the FIKA collective.

Sunday 26 February, 18:30
Main Stage



FIKA Writers, a collective of Christchurch Pasifika creatives whose members meet to give energy to the practice of storytelling through writing, poetry, prose and performance. Founded in 2004, FIKA grew out of the need to keep writing. FIKA maintain oral tradition that strengthens the voices of Pasifika peoples within Ōtautahi.

J.3PK – Jeffery Kalauta, an emerging music producer, creating Beatz and digital visual works exploring the relationship between Pacific heritage and contemporary issues affecting Pacific peoples. The ability to tell stories that include the Moana, the heavens, the stars, and the underworld ensures the continuation of our rich and diverse cultural heritage.