Rua: Kōrero at the Travellers Laundromat

Thursday 18 July, 6-7pm

Nau Mai, All Welcome.

In response to Guy Ngan: Either Possible or Necessary, the second instalment of Mark Harvey’s project, Whakamāui: Recovery Positions, will involve discussions with historian Joanna Boileau and local artist and researcher Tosh Ahkit at the Travellers Laundromat, 458 Karangahape Road. The discussion will further the project’s reflections around the cultural and political contexts that help to form the background to Guy Ngan’s work.

Joanna Boileau

Joanna Boileau is an historian based in Auckland, who specialises in the history of the Chinese in Australia and New Zealand. She has worked in museums and on cultural heritage projects in both countries. She is currently working on a book, Starch Work by Experts: Chinese Laundries in Aotearoa New Zealand, which will be. published by the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust later this year. Her most recent book, Gardens of Prosperity: Chinese Market Gardening in Australia and New Zealand, was published by Palgrave McMillan in 2017.

Tosh Ahkit

Tosh Ahkit has a social practice sustained by a commitment to empowering people to have agency and authority of their own lived experiences. With a background in documentary research, film production and screen printing and Ahkit is currently leading a youth-led programme at Te Tuhi called Young Creatives. Her current PhD research at Auckland University, Elam School of Fine Arts focuses on methodologies of empowerment through engagement with contemporary art practices, and the ways in which these socially engaged art practices in Aotearoa are inherently different from our continental peers because if our geo-cultural position within the Asia-Pacific region.


  • Free and open to all


  • Thu 18 Jul


  • 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm

Travellers Laundromat

  • 458 Karangahape Road
  • Auckland