Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo, Namaste, Ni hao. You are warmly invited to join Green Party candidate for Panmure-Ōtāhuhu, Mark Simiona and the South Auckland Greens, in talanoa with Ema Tavola and Leilani Kake

We began our talanoa series with the South Auckland Virtual Talanoa where we introduced all of our South Auckland Greens candidates. 

We are following this up with a three further talanoa focusing on the electorates of Panmure-Ōtāhuhu, Māngere and Manurewa.

This event is centred around the Panmure-Ōtāhuhu electorate and will feature Green Party candidate Mark Simiona in talanoa with South Auckland Greens and the public - all welcome! 

This year the Manukau East electorate was renamed Panmure-Ōtāhuhu. The electorate includes the communities of Point England, Tāmaki, Panmure, Westfield, Ōtāhuhu, Ōtara and Papatoetoe.

When: Friday 11 September, 6pm

Where: Live on South Auckland Greens Facebook

Who: You, the South Auckland Greens and our community - all welcome. 

Co-facilitators: Ema Tavola & Leilani Kake


Click here to view Mark Simiona's candidate page. 


Ema Tavola is a Manukau City / South Auckland based artist-curator and consultant specialising in contemporary Pacific art, social inclusion and creative entrepreneurship. She has been a proud resident of the Panmure-Ōtāhuhu electorate for almost 20 years and established her practice managing Fresh Gallery Ōtara as a Council officer from 2006-2012, after completing undergraduate studies at Manukau Institute of Technology. Ema's creative agency and private art gallery, Vunilagi Vou, is based in Papatoetoe.

Leilani Kake, is a multi media artist of NZ Māori (Ngā Puhi, Tainui) and Cook Islands (Manihiki, Rakahanga) decent. Having exhibited broadly throughout New Zealand Leilani has also featured in exhibitions in Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Taiwan, United States and Africa. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Auckland and is based in Ōtara, South Auckland. Her work, which is largely video installation draws on autoethnographic experiences and indigenous narratives to address issues facing Māori and Pacific Island communities. “My work aims to explore, educate and empower not only the viewer but myself included”.


Click here for our Māngere electorate talanoa with Peter Sykes

Click here for our Manurewa electorate talanoa with Lourdes Vano