Fale Malae for Aotearoa New Zealand
Associate Professor Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban is Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University of Wellington.
Luamanuvao was a Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2010 serving as Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Minister of Social Development, Economic Development and Trade.
She is a Board Member of: Creative New Zealand Arts Council; the Council of the National University of Samoa; the Institute of Judicial Studies Board, and is Patron of a wide number of organisations.
Prior to entering Parliament, Luamanuvao worked on a number of development programmes throughout the island nations of the Pacific.
REUBEN FRIEND (Ngāti Maniapoto, Pākehā) is the director of Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua. From 2009-2013 he was the Curator of Māori and Pacific Art at City Gallery Wellington, and in a previous life worked in policy as the Senior Advisor for Treaty Relations at Wellington City Council, and as the Art, Culture and Heritage Advisor for the Featherston, Carterton and Masterton City Councils. Friend does not have preferred pronouns, but does wish to follow the trend of stating that he has procreated, being also a husband and a father.
Liana Leiataua is a Samoan Scottish woman born in Aotearoa New Zealand. Liana describes her work as a continuum, as 'Siapo Aotearoa', a hybrid of cultures combining into a new art form. Liana’s Siapo construction comes from the village of Leone, Tutuila, American Samoa, where she learned the Siapo style of Mary Pritchard and the Siapo makers of Leone. Liana studied printmaking under Anne Philbin and Michel Tuffery, and carving under Steve Myer and Owen Mapp.
In her sustained effort to keep the tradition of Siapo alive and contemporary, Liana collaborates with schools, councils, and other artists, working with these groups to help them find a symbolic language that informs a holistic connection through time and the environment. The work seeks a pathway towards connecting spiritually and physically to the whakapapa of life.
Liana is an active member of the Samoan Porirua Community. She is a mother of four, an educator, and a community activator.