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Remembering the Evergreen Coffee House and Chrissy Witoko

The Evergreen Coffee House was a haven for the LGBTQIA+ community in the 1980s and 1990s in Wellington. Established by Chrissy Witoko, it still holds a significant place in our collective memory. In July 2022, Leilani Visesio and Wellington Museum held a unique event to bring together Chrissy's friends and whānau to pay tribute to Chrissy and the Evergreen. A very special thank you to Leilani and the speakers for allowing this kōrero to be recorded and shared. The Evergreen street sign can be seen at Wellington Museum, and the photographic wall montages can be viewed online at Te Papa.

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  • 0:00:01 - Kevin Haunui
  • 0:03:04 - Waiata
  • 0:06:15 - MC Fiona Lam Sheung
  • 0:07:01 - MC Drew Hadwen
  • 0:08:27 - Speakers introduce themselves
  • 0:12:35 - Jacquie Grant
  • 0:18:00 - Chanel Hati
  • 0:25:40 - Des Cooper
  • 0:33:10 - Renee Paul
  • 0:35:30 - Kay'la Riarn
  • 0:43:00 - Gaye Hawkins
  • 0:51:15 - Des Cooper
  • 0:54:20 - Leilani Visesio
  • 0:55:30 - Pasi Daniels
  • 1:04:40 - [toasties and special coffee are served]
  • 1:05:00 - Interview with Fiona Lam Sheung
  • 1:08:00 - Interview with Jacquie Grant, Pasi Daniels and Des Cooper
  • 1:16:10 - MC Fiona Lam Sheung - closing
  • 1:17:24 - Kevin Haunui and Tiwhanawhaha
Record date:2nd July 2022
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Wellington Museum, Wellington
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