My Village – Lo’u Nu’u

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What: A talanoa & savalivali presented to you by Pasifika Urban Street Historian Sofi Ulugia-Pua and his a’iga (family).

Created as 12 short audio stories My Village – Lo’u Nu’u takes you on a journey back to the 1970s at a time when Pacific Island people were moving to the shores of Aotearoa and Karangahape Road was at the centre of their community life.

Come along on a journey from one end of Karangahape Road to the other and get a sense of how it was and what it meant to be brown in Auckland in that time.

Where: Our walk starts at 8 Ponsonby Road, near the intersection of Great North Road, Newton Gully and Karangahape Road. It ends at the Symonds St cemetery.

How: Download the free app Auckland Stories from the Apple store or Google Play or experience it in your web browser. Select My Village – Lo’u Nu’u from the menu and navigate the walk using the map pins.

Who: This walk is suitable for all ages.

Difficulty: An easy amble, taking 40 minutes to travel the length of Karangahape Road. Total walking time is 15 minutes.

What do you need: You need an android or apple mobile device to follow the walk. We recommend using headphones to listen to Sofi Ulugia-Pua and Iosefa Ulugia-Pua.

An orange street map with a hand drawn bird flying across it.

Access information: This walk is wheel friendly. Transcripts are provided for deaf and hard of hearing participants.

Created by: Pasifika urban street historian Sofi Ulugia-Pua and his a’iga (family). Sofi and his brother, Reverend Mua Strickland-Pua, have been presenting walks sharing the history of Pasific people in Grey Lynn, Ponsonby and the inner city for the last 15 years.