This week, Lavinia Uhila introduces us to some of the diverse and fascinating people who also call her neighbourhood – the Auckland suburb of Ranui – home.
We’ll meet an artist with Samoan heritage whose work goes straight to the heart of the communities she photographs and a woman from Denmark concocts a hearty traditional dish. A Roma family tell us the story behind a treasured family heirloom and the Tuvaluan people of Ranui pull together to provide a focus for their community.
NZ-born Tongan actress Lavinia Uhila lives in Ranui – a community she has called home since she was a teenager. As the daughter of a Methodist Pastor she has always been involved in the community through her church and more recently running performing arts programmes for West Auckland youth. In 2013 she appeared in ATC’s production of Chicago and she is heavily involved in the Tongan Creative Collective.
Lavinia is passionate about the place she lives: “This community is growing – the population is expected to jump from 10,000 to about 15,000 in the next ten or so years. Many of those will be new migrants. I think there is also a real sense of willingness here to build the community and everyone wants to be a part of it. I know that I do.”
Ranui Dish Recipe:
This week Connie Kristensen cooks a traditional Danish meal, Frikadeller, for the other members of Ranui’s eco neighbourhood Earthsong.
FRIKADELLER – DANISH MEATBALLS:
- 300g pork mince
- 200g beef mince
- 200 g finely chopped onion
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 eggs
- Mix mince and salt together - leave for 2 min
- mix all the other ingrediences together
- Put in fridge for 1/2 hour
- Form into oval balls and fry in pan in butter
- 5 min on each side.