Manioro is our 3-part event that was meant to be delivered during PRIDE MONTH 2022. It will now be held during Mental Health Awareness week (See poster for details).




Friday 30th September

*Times are tentative and could change. 

5:30pm - Doors open 

6:00pm - Opening of Manioro 

6:15pm - Premiere of Queer Intersections documentary directed by Ailina Films. Our Queer Intersections mini doco showcases the lives of five Māori/Pasifika Takatāpui people who are navigating different intersections.

Featured in the doco include:

  1. Amanaki Faletau-Prescott - Fakaleiti Writer, Dancer, Choreographer and one of the amazing FINE Festival organisers.
  2. Paris Sciascia Brown - Māori Takatāpui Trans activist who organised Hawkes Bay’s first PRIDE March during Sweat for Pride 2022.
  3. Maurice Melligan - a gay Mormon who talks about navigating two polar opposite worlds.
  4. Rosana Kaufusi - Niuean who is also an amazing dancer. 

6:30pm - Whakawhanaungatanga & Kai 

6:45pm - Paris Sciascia - guest speaker 

7pm - Open Mic slot 

7:15pm - Keynote Speaker- Phylesha Brown-Acton 


Phylesha Brown-Acton hails from the village of Fineone Hakupu Atua, Niue Island. She identifies as Fakafifine, pronouns are she/her.

Phylesha is the Executive Director of F’INE Pasifika Aotearoa Trust (pronounced Fee-neh), a Pacific Whānau Ora funded organisation that provides navigation support services to MVPFAFF+ 1 & Pacific LGBTQI+ people and their families in the Auckland region.

7:45pm - Open Mic session. 

8pm - Q&A with Manioro Panel 

8:30pm - Open Mic Session 

9pm- Closing. 

If you would like to be part of our Open mic - REGISTER HERE


Saturday 1st October 

Saturday morning we will start off with some amazing workshops where Takatāpui and whānau can learn healthy and creative methods as coping mechanisms. People will be able to attend up to two workshops as there will be two rotations. 


  1. Music & Voice Activation - Facilitated by Musician Joydah Mae
  2. Poetry & Spoken Word - Facilitated by the wonderful Poet Michelle Fatani 
  3. Visual Storytelling (Photography & Videography) -Facilitated by the amazing Bel Butler aka Miss B Creates 
  4. Parents, Leaders, Teachers Workshop - Facilitated by Nevertheless's own Maia Wati-Cooper and Shaqaila Uelese. 

Exhibition & Showcase:

Doors open at 4pm. Showcase will begin at 5pm where Takatāpui and whānau who participated in workshops will have an opportunity to share what they have learned. 

All events are FREE and WHĀNAU friendly. 


We look forward to seeing you there!