20 May 2011

Tongan play in Auckland to highlight cultural power plays in Pacific families

8:16 am on 20 May 2011

A new bilingual Tongan play has highlighted cultural power plays which exist in Pacific families who emmigrate to New Zealand.

"The Kingdom of Lote is presented by the Pacific Island theatre company, the Kila Kokonut Krew, performed by an all Tongan cast, on a small budget."

It is the first play for emerging Tongan playwright Suli Moa, who says he came up with the idea drawing from his own personal experiences growing up in West Auckland.

Lote's the mother, and her house, or her world, she's in control. And that's why it's called the Kingdom of Lote. Basically she's struggling to hold on to the way she was brought up in Tonga, trying to apply it here in New Zealand, with her children.

The play is on until Saturday at the Mangere Arts Centre in South Auckland.