Staged to hit home
Tears, laughter and moments of silence were all part of the audience’s reaction to the hard- hitting performance
by the Kila Kokonut Krew.
People of all ages turned up to the Sports and Events Centre for the one and only show in Tokoroa.
The aim of the roadshow, which is part of a national campaign Pasefika Proud, is to encourage Pacific Island families to speak up about family violence.
The message certainly hit home in Tokoroa.
South Waikato Pacific Island Community Services ensured Tokoroa was a destination on the eightperformance tour.
Manager Akarere Henry said Pacific people have been trying to deal with this issue using mainstream methods for 50 years.
‘‘It’s just not working,’’ she added.
She said the Kila Kokonut Krew portray the Pacific culture in a real way, addressing the issue of family violence in an open, up-front manner.
She said the goal is for stake holders of the family violence collective including police, TCOSS, Sal- vation Army, Raukawa and SWIPCS to pick up where the Kila Kokonut Krew leaves off.
Writer- director Vela Manusaute said it was an honour bringing such an important message to Tokoroa.
The hour-long performance followed the storyline of a bright young Samoan teenager on the verge of graduating high school.
With a scholarship within her grasp, her only hurdle to success was the pressures of a violent home and a domineering father wanting her to get a job instead.
Family support: Taofia Pelesasa consoles his stage sister Katerina Fatupaito, encouraging her to put an end to the family violence.
Thought provoking: The serious message behind the roadshow is being recognised by these members of the audience.
Captivated crowd: The Kila Kokonut Krew knows how to captivate its audience.