Cultural Spaces and Community Place

Fale Malae for Aotearoa New Zealand

20 March 4:30pm


An invitation to the community to come and listen to a presentation by Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban and to talk about the planned Fale Malae to be built in the Wellington CBD.


Former Mana MP, Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban has worked alongside Pacific and business communities for over a decade to realise the vision of a Fale Malae for Aotearoa New Zealand.


“A Pacific identity is an integral part of our heritage and our future, and we look forward to taking the next steps to make this long-held dream a reality”. Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban


Youtube : Tagata Pasifika





Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban



Reuben Friend ■ Director - Pataka Art + Museum Porirua

Liana Leiataua ■ Artist



Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, DNZM, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika)


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

Director - Pataka Art + Museum

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.