Visit the gallery for a special Siva Samoa performance by University of Auckland student Lani Tuala. Titled picked, Tuala choreographed the storytelling-driven dance in response to the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme, which is referenced by John Vea in his artwork Import/Export, pictured here.
The performance will be followed by a conversational talanoa between Lani Tuala and Evalesi Tu’inukuafe who will discuss the RSE scheme.
Evalesi Tu’inukuafe is a Tongan-Samoan-German emerging researcher from the University of Auckland who has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and German. In 2022 she completed a Summer Research scholarship that analyzed New Zealand’s Pacific-focused labour schemes. Her research on the Recognized Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE scheme) highlights the racism that underpins this labour mobility scheme and the real need to revise such extractive and exploitative immigration schemes and policies.