Project Banaba

1 Tennyson St, Napier

Project Banaba, by Banaban scholar and artist Katerina Teaiwa, explores how the island of Banaba was destroyed by phosphate mining during the 20th century, leading to the total relocation of its people on 15 December 1945.

Co-curated by Jess Mio and Yuki Kihara, this exhibition brings together rare historical archives and new work that sheds light on this little-known era of New Zealand’s history and its ongoing impact on communities here and across the Moana Pacific.

The British Phosphate Commissioners, owned collectively by the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Britain, mined Banaba from 1900 to 1980. The rock from the island was manufactured into superphosphate fertiliser and applied to farms across Australia and New Zealand.

This enabled the temporary expansion of the industrial agriculture industry, and ended thousands of years of continuous occupation on Banaba. The island was rendered uninhabitable and the Banabans moved to their new home on the island of Rabi in Fiji.

About the creator of Project Banaba:
Katerina Teaiwa (of Banaban, I-Kiribati and African American descent) is Associate Professor in Pacific Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra. She is the author of Consuming Ocean Island (2015), a definitive history of Banaba; and editor with Polly Stupples of Contemporary Perspectives on Art and International Development (2016). Katerina has a background in contemporary Pacific dance and was a founding member of the Oceania Dance Theatre in Fiji.

When

Fri 24th May 2019, 9:30am

Sat 25th May 2019, 9:30am

Sun 26th May 2019, 9:30am

Mon 27th May 2019, 9:30am

Tue 28th May 2019, 9:30am

Wed 29th May 2019, 9:30am

Thu 30th May 2019, 9:30am

Fri 31st May 2019, 9:30am

Sat 1st Jun 2019, 9:30am

Sun 2nd Jun 2019, 9:30am

Mon 3rd Jun 2019, 9:30am

Tue 4th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Wed 5th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Thu 6th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Fri 7th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Sat 8th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Sun 9th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Mon 10th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Tue 11th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Wed 12th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Thu 13th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Fri 14th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Sat 15th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Sun 16th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Mon 17th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Tue 18th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Wed 19th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Thu 20th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Fri 21st Jun 2019, 9:30am

Sat 22nd Jun 2019, 9:30am

Sun 23rd Jun 2019, 9:30am

Mon 24th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Tue 25th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Wed 26th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Thu 27th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Fri 28th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Sat 29th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Sun 30th Jun 2019, 9:30am

Mon 1st Jul 2019, 9:30am

Tue 2nd Jul 2019, 9:30am

Wed 3rd Jul 2019, 9:30am

Thu 4th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Fri 5th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Sat 6th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Sun 7th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Mon 8th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Tue 9th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Wed 10th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Thu 11th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Fri 12th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Sat 13th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Sun 14th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Mon 15th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Tue 16th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Wed 17th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Thu 18th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Fri 19th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Sat 20th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Sun 21st Jul 2019, 9:30am

Mon 22nd Jul 2019, 9:30am

Tue 23rd Jul 2019, 9:30am

Wed 24th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Thu 25th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Fri 26th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Sat 27th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Sun 28th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Mon 29th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Tue 30th Jul 2019, 9:30am

Wed 31st Jul 2019, 9:30am

Thu 1st Aug 2019, 9:30am

Fri 2nd Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sat 3rd Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sun 4th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Mon 5th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Tue 6th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Wed 7th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Thu 8th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Fri 9th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sat 10th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sun 11th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Mon 12th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Tue 13th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Wed 14th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Thu 15th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Fri 16th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sat 17th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sun 18th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Mon 19th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Tue 20th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Wed 21st Aug 2019, 9:30am

Thu 22nd Aug 2019, 9:30am

Fri 23rd Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sat 24th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sun 25th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Mon 26th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Tue 27th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Wed 28th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Thu 29th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Fri 30th Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sat 31st Aug 2019, 9:30am

Sun 1st Sep 2019, 9:30am

Where

MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

1 Tennyson St, Napier