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Tautai’s Fale-ship Residency Programme returns in 2021 to support 10 creatives to make and develop new work from home. Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is thrilled to announce the recipients of the Fale-ship Residency programme 2021. A Moana evolution of the ...

Tautai’s Fale-ship Residency Programme returns in 2021 to support 10 creatives to make and develop new work from home. Tautai ...

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Over the years Tyla has developed a strong knowledge and practice of Samoan and Pasifika tatau that is rooted in the customary practices of the past.

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James Waititi is a multidisciplinary, gender fluid artist whose work explores the environment, racial and cultural politics, and the gender and queer spectrum.

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Photo Gallery: Tā ina o le Tatau + Talanoa

Fa’afetai tele lava to Tyla Vaeau and FotuoSamoa Jody Jackson for their beautiful talanoa on the art of tatau last Saturday!

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UPDATE: Due to the current Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions, the Tautai AGM, previously advertised for 30 August, has been postponed until further notice. A new date will be set when Auckland returns to Level 2.

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Cultural Safety Workshop: Photo Gallery

It is such an honour to be re-launching the programme after a hiatus in 2020. We are so excited to see the interns flourish in their roles at arts organisations across Aotearoa!

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Karlya Smith chats to Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist Melissa Gilbert about her practice.

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A new group exhibition curated by Nigel Borell presents a diverse range of work by nine Pacific artists.

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Inside the wave are ocean bodies

Inside the wave are ocean bodiesby Hōhua Kurene and Natasha Ratuvacurated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe The Moana Wall is an outdoor exhibition space located on

Inside the wave are ocean bodiesby Hōhua Kurene and Natasha Ratuvacurated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe The Moana Wall is an outdoor ...

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Tāmaki Makaurau is in Alert Level 4. Following government guidelines, Tautai is temporarily closed and we have suspended shipping items from our shop.

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We are looking for people to join Tautai’s Ngāue ‘Ofa Volunteer team!

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Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust and Link Alliance are proud to present the MOANA WALL with it’s first exhibition ‘Inside the waves are ocean bodies’ by Natasha Ratuva and Hōhua Kurene. Curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe.

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Tautai founding patron Fatu Feu’u speaks about the growth of the Pacific arts sector

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Moana Legacy

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Our activation Postcards Unlocked showcased 40 artists over 40 days during Aotearoa’s lockdown.

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2021 Fale-ship Residency recipients

Tautai’s Fale-ship Residency Programme returns in 2021 to support 10 creatives to make and develop new work from home.

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is thrilled to announce the recipients of the Fale-ship Residency programme 2021. A Moana evolution of the word fellowship, the TautaiFale-ship residencies centre on the everyday making and thinking of Pasifika creatives operating in their own creative centres.

Initially developed by Tautai in response to Aotearoa’s 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, the Fale-ship Residencies provide support for a two-week residency for ten Tagata Moana creatives living in Aotearoa. The Residencies are open to all Pacific practitioners from across the arts and are granted by a selection panel of industry leaders.

The 2021 Fale-ship Residency recipients are: Elsie Andrewes (visual arts); Etanah Falagā Talapā (visual arts); ‘Isope ‘Akau’ola (dance); Kalisolaite ‘Uhila (performance art); Kasi Valu (writer); Marina Alefosio (music/poetry); Sione Faletau (visual/sound art); Tai Nimo (visual arts); Warren Paea (photography); and Teremoana Rapley (music).

Each artist receives a grant of NZD$2,000 to support the development of new or existing projects in their own creative centres. Residencies will take place over September 2021 and at the conclusion of their residency, each of the 2021 Fale-ship Residency recipients will be showcased across Tautai’s platforms between October – December 2021, activating and nurturing the Vā (the energy between) both digitally and physically throughout the community.

In 2021, the Fale-ship Residencies are also supported by new ambassador organisations: New Zealand Herald VIVA; Basement Theatre; and The Big Idea. Ambassadors are committed to supporting Tagata Moana Indigenous authorship through diverse and collaborative platforms.

Tautai Director Courtney Sina Meredith says, “The Fale-ships form part of a deeper kaupapa to bolster the creative expression of Moana artists during this time of great change. We worked hard to adapt our programme during the initial 2020 lockdown with meaningful offerings that I felt had the potential for real impact across the sector.”

The Tautai Fale-ship Residencies are generously supported by Creative New Zealand and Foundation North.

“The residencies are about more than platforming exciting talent during lockdown, they are driven by an indigenous determination to re-centre the power dynamic within the wider arts landscape. The celebration of Moana artists creating within their own sacred spaces is as political as it is beautiful. I cannot wait to see what these residencies inspire in the 10 selected artists and within the Tautai community.”

Courtney Sina Meredith, Tautai director


Meet the 2021 Tautai Fale-ship Residency recipients

Elsie Andrewes Visual arts

Elsie Andrewes is a digital illustrator based in Whangarei, Northland and is of Fijian and Pākeha descent. Her family immigrated to Aotearoa in 2000. Her interest in visual arts began through early exposure to her father’s collections of antiques, artwork and music from around the world, and her mother’s own archives of books, handcrafted mats, masi kesa and storytelling. These diverse influences heavily inspire Elsie’s practice, which draws from sources ranging from the detailed patterns of masi and photographs of the iconic Fijian sunset, to Motown music and literature. 

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Etanah Falagā Talapā Visual arts

Born in Te Awakairangi (Hutt Valley), Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), Etanah Falagā Talapā is a multi-disciplinary artist who hails from Afega and Falealili, Sa’anapu in Samoa. She currently lives in Petone, Te Awakairangi i tai (Lower Hutt). Etanah’s creative practice operates at the intersections of public installation, digital art, photography and mixed-media. Her work is inspired by her Pasifika community, her aiga and the people and landscape of her community, Awakairangi (Hutt Valley). Etanah graduated with a Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design from Massey University in 2018, has held a Tautai Oceania Internship at Tauranga Art Gallery and was an artist mentor in a youth-led programme at Taita and Naenae Clubhouse. She is currently Curator, Exhibitions and Public Programmes, at Enjoy Art Gallery, Poneke.

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‘Isope ‘Akau’ola Dance

‘Isope ‘Akau’ola is a Tongan (‘Utulau and Lotofoa) performance artist who was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau. He is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance. ‘Isope’s passion for dance originated from a love of Pasifika dance and theatre and he has worked with various artists and groups including Aloali’i Tapu, Sau e Siva creatives and Tanya Muagututi’a. As a child of the Pacific diaspora ‘Isope has found parallels within his own identity and the art that he wants to create and aspires to develop a practice for himself and his voice as a New Zealand-born Tongan artist.

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Kalisolaite ‘Uhila Performance art

Kalisolaite ‘Uhila was born in the Kingdom of Tonga and lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau. His practice revolves around performance, making durational performance works that are often informed by his Tongan heritage. Tradition, masculinity and cultural bias are ideas that Kalisolaite explores. Through his performance works he often seeks to promote a sense of understanding and togetherness. Kalisolaite received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology in 2010, followed by a Masters of Performance & Media Arts in 2016. He has received multiple residencies for his practice, including the Montalvo Arts Centre Residency, California (2018); Youkobo Art Space Residency, Tokyo (2018) and ZK/U & Ifa Galerie Residency, Berlin (2016). In 2014 he was selected as a finalist in the Walters Prize for his 2012 work Mo’ui Tukuhausia. In 2020 he was awarded the Harriet Friedlander Residency by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

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Kasi Valu Writer

Kasi Valu is a Tongan (Mau’ufanga, Lapaha) multidisciplinary performer, playwright and poet based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). Kasi was born and raised in Grey Lynn, Tāmaki Makurau and moved to Wellington to pursue a career in performing arts studying at Toi Whakaari. Through writing and its translation into performance, Kasi explores the experience of being a child of the Pacific diaspora and aims to highlight the importance of art and storytelling for the next generation. Inspired by his community, Kasi creates in order to return the love that has supported him.

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Marina Alefosio Music/poetry

Marina Alefosio is a proud Aotearoa-born Samoan storyteller hailing from the villages of Mulifanua, Falefa and Leauva’a. Marina has trained and performed as a performance poet, participating in and leading community and youth groups in performance and poetry workshops. She was a member of the critically acclaimed South Auckland Poets Collective and has performed both locally and internationally. Marina is inspired by her own children and the next generation, and wants to grow the Pasifika youth sector through creative methods such as spoken word poetry and scriptwriting.

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Sione Faletau  Visual/sound art

Based in Ōtara, Tāmaki Makaurau, Sione Faletau is a multidisciplinary artist of Tongan decent, from the villages of Taunga and Lakepa. Sione explores the mediums of performance, video, drawing, sculpture, and installation, but more recently has shifted his practice towards the digital art realm. He explores the semiotics of soundscape and design, creating kupesi (patterns) from audio wave spectrums of sound. Inspired by his Tongan culture and heritage, Faletau uses art as a vehicle to deepen his understanding of self, his people, and the Moana at large. His previous works notion to traditional stories, myths and concepts inherent in Tongan culture and he has exhibited at a number of galleries and institutions. With a Masters in Fine Arts from Elam, Sione is currently completing his Doctoral studies.

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Tai Nimo Visual arts

Māngere-based creative, Tai Nimo is a digital artist of Tongan, Niuean, German descent on her father’s side and Cook Island, American and Pākeha on her mother’s side. Inspired by her diverse cultural heritage, Tai creates works that reflect her identity and environment – her mediums include illustration, stop-motion animation and traditional drawing. Since Aotearoa’s first lockdown in early 2020, Tai has adapted to creating from home, sourcing new inspiration and embracing the environment around her. Tai is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at Elam.

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Teremoana Rapley Music

Teremoana Rapley is an award-winning musician and a stalwart of Aoteroa’s Entertainment Industry. She has collectively received the Taite Music Prize twice; first in 2016 with Upper Hutt Posse and then again in 2019 with Moana and the Moahunters. In 2018, Upper Hutt Posse received the Legacy Award and she was also inducted into the Aotearoa Music Hall of Fame. Teremoana is the only musician to receive all four accolades in New Zealand music history. Over her career in music and television, Teremoana has worked across various disciplines including graphic design, moving image, costume-design, choreography, lighting design, set-design, sculpture, acrylic art and audio design. She is a multi-disciplinary and inter-dimensional creative, who provides space for an unhindered reconnection to her tupuna.

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Warren Paea  Photography

Warren Paea is a Niuean visual artist currently living in Arch Hill/Grey Lynn and born and raised in Māngere East, South Auckland. He is a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts and his practice spans photography, print and sound, with a particular focus on portraiture and street photography. Warren often takes candid and intimate photos of people, using the photographic medium to connect to or illustrate connections with various communities. His work captures and celebrates the depth of interconnectivity between people and explores the complexities of identity.

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Artist Spotlight: Tyla Vaeau

Tyla Vaeau is a tatau practitioner, artist and researcher of Samoan (Salea’aumua and Safune) and Palagi descent, based in Grey Lynn, Aukilani. Over the years Tyla has developed a strong knowledge and practice of Samoan and Pasifika tatau that is rooted in the customary practices of the past. In her interview, Tyla explains the importance of showcasing tatau within a gallery setting.

“I think a lot of the times, tatau can be represented in photographs or films, so to actually be doing the mahi in the space, I think is a good representation of the practice.”

Tyla Vaeau

Video by NoSix


Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery till September 25th


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Artist Spotlight: James (Jaimie) Waititi

James Waititi is a multidisciplinary, gender fluid artist whose work explores the environment, racial and cultural politics, and the gender and queer spectrum. For ‘Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti’, they produced a new publication and public work for our Moana Wall, both titled ‘Remoanafication: Time is a space’. 

“[The works] developed from the theories and the kōrero that I had during my Fale-ship around Moanafication, and what it means to recentre the narrative of our tipuna and the way of looking at our historical context.” 

Jaimie Waititi

Video by NoSix


Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery till September 25th


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Photo Gallery: Tā ina o le Tatau + Talanoa

Fa’afetai tele lava to Tyla Vaeau and FotuoSamoa Jody Jackson for their beautiful talanoa on the art of tatau last Saturday!

We enjoyed hearing from Tyla and Jody about the cultural significance and social history of tatau in Samoa in an intimate afternoon talanoa.Tyla also shared her background and experiences as a female tatau practitioner who has been gifted the ‘au and is being trained as a tufuga tatatau under the Sa Su’a dynasty.

Fa’afetai to everyone who came along and to those who contributed to the discussion. 


Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery till September 25th


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AGM 2021

TAUTAI Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust Annual General Meeting 2021

Tautai Gallery – Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road

AGM

Tautai AGM 2021 is on Monday 30 August, 6pm at Tautai Gallery.

UPDATE: Due to the current Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions, the Tautai AGM, previously advertised for 30 August, has been postponed until further notice. A new date will be set when Auckland returns to Level 2.

You are warmly invited to our Annual General Meeting on Monday 30 August at 6pm. The meeting will be held at Tautai Gallery – Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland. All welcome!

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Cultural Safety Workshop: Photo Gallery

Fa’afetai tele lava to our teina interns, tuakana mentors, and host organisations participating in the 2021 Tautai Oceania Internship Programme! We had a wonderful day connecting you all with each other, strengthening relationships and developing cultural safety skills within the workplace.

Thank you to Andrea Edwards for facilitating the cultural safety workshop where we practiced communication tools as well as lots of fun activities! And special thanks to Helen Khoey for joining the workshop. Helen is Senior Advisor, Audience Development and Capability Building at Creative New Zealand, and has played an integral part in establishing and supporting our internship programme since its inception in 2013.

It is such an honour to be re-launching the programme after a hiatus in 2020. We are so excited to see the interns flourish in their roles at arts organisations across Aotearoa!

Photos by NoSix

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Stuff: Inside artist Melissa Gilbert’s distinctve neo-nesian, earth punk aesthetic

Karlya Smith chats to Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist Melissa Gilbert about her practice.

Melissa Gilbert is an artist, storyteller and student, who focuses on “the constant talanoa of identity, connection and healing”.

Talanoa means to unravel, untie and examine through discussion in Samoan. Gilbert’s work is heavily influenced by her lineage rooted in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.

Her multi-faceted practice includes performance, painting, moving image and installation. And with an honours degree in fine arts still underway, that list may morph more.

Just like her work, Gilbert’s distinctive style is a blend of influences and experiences.

Read the full article here.

Video by NoSix


Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery till September 25th


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Exhibition – Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti

A new group exhibition curated by Nigel Borell presents a diverse range of work by nine Moana artists.

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust presents Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti, bringing together work developed by nine artists during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 lockdowns. The exhibition, curated by Nigel Borell, is on from Saturday 12 June until 25 September 2021.

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti, can be poetically translated to “from open seas to the shallow waters,” which Borell explains is a fitting metaphor for what has been an exceptional year worldwide.

“For the artists, the Covid-19 lockdowns brought about new opportunities to create and make. We’ve seen how adversity and innovation have gone hand-in-hand for many of them, and the work they have created is testament to the strength and creativity of artists”

– Nigel Borell

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti includes work by Salvador Brown, Melissa Gilbert, Lyncia Müller, Tuāfale Tanoa’i AKA Linda T., Ashleigh Taupaki, Jasmine Tuiā, Christopher Ulutupu, Tyla Vaeau and Jaimie Waititi. The exhibition celebrates the diversity of Pacific creatives, and includes film, digital image-making, painting, tatau, poetic prose, sonic landscapes and performance.

All artists exhibiting in Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti participated in Tautai’s Fale-ship programme, an initiative born out of the Covid-19 lockdowns to support artists working across a range of artistic disciplines to develop and make work at home. It is the first of two group exhibitions showcasing Tautai’s Fale-ship artists.

Tautai Director Courtney Sina Meredith says, “During the Covid-19 lockdowns, our priority was to support our artistic community to make, create and connect. The unique circumstances of isolation has impacted creative work in a number of ways. This year, our focus as an organisation is to redress the isolation of those lockdowns and work to bring our community back together, into our gallery space, to share work, talanoa and celebrate all that is Pacific creativity.”

Exhibition details:
Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti
Exhibition Opening: Friday 11 June at 6.00pm
Exhibition Runs: Saturday 12 June – Saturday 25 September 2021
Tautai Gallery, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central
Open 10am–4pm, Tuesday–Friday, 11am – 4pm, Saturdays

Head to our Facebook event page and Instagram to stay updated on the show!

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Inside the wave are ocean bodies

Inside the wave are ocean bodies
by Hōhua Kurene and Natasha Ratuva
curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe

The Moana Wall is an outdoor exhibition space located on East Street’s hoardings surrounding the Karangahape Station construction site. Using the existing infrastructure as a canvas that highlights contemporary Pasifika artists and celebrates the diverse community of Karangahape Road. The MOANA WALL aims to highlight a significant era of Karangahape Road’s history and its lasting connection to Pasifika communities today.

All photographs by Ralph Brown


Inside the wave are ocean bodies is featuring on the Moana Wall until May 2021


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EXHIBITION – Voyagers: The Niu World

Voyagers Opening

Si’oto’ofa! Tautai is proud to announce it’s first exhibition of 2021.

<< Voyagers: The Niu World >>
Created by Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows

and Tui Emma Gillies

Following the announcement that Auckland will be moving to Alert Level 1, we are happy reschedule the opening for VOYAGERS – The Niu World to Friday 19 March .

Combining pieces created during Aotearoa’s lockdown and new work, this exhibition aims to tap into the spirit of the great explorers of the Pacific, consulting the stars and charting a course into the wild blue expanse.


“The waves have never been bigger or more threatening, the storms have never been so savage, the fires have never been so close and hot. And we are expressing this in the medium we were brought up in, tapa painting, which has been passed down from generation to generation by those people who made the original voyages and their ancestors before them. This exhibition is dedicated to all us Voyagers navigating The Niu World.”

– Tui Emma Gillies & Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows

We are honoured to be working with these talented women and we look forward to sharing their work with you all.
The Artists, Tui Emma Gillies & Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows

Voyagers: The Niu World
20 March – 22 May 2021
Tautai Gallery, Level 1 – 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central


Voyagers: The Niu World has now ended.


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Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 update from Tautai HQ

Tautai HQ Covid-19


Afio mai, Aere mai, Malo e me’a mai, Fakatalofa atu, Veikidavaki, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ulu tonu mai, Welkam, Haere mai! 

Last updated 19 August 2021

On 18 August, Tāmaki Makaurau moved into Alert Level 4. Following government guidelines, Tautai is temporarily closed and we have suspended shipping items from our shop. 

All scheduled events during this period are temporarily suspended.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Tautai when we reopen.

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Meitaki ma’ata, 
Team Tautai 

Tautai Gallery and HQLevel 1, 300 Karangahape Road

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Tautai HQ Covid-19

Ngāue ‘Ofa Volunteers

We are looking for people to join Tautai’s
Ngāue ‘Ofa Volunteer team!

Ngaue Ofa Volunteer Call Out
Artwork – ‘Sunshowers’ by Sione Monu (2020)
Located in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand – Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is a charitable trust dedicated to championing Pacific arts and artists. We work to bring the community together through a range of events, activities, and exhibitions. Proudly supported by CNZ, Foundation North and Fetu Ta’i patrons, Tautai is able to provide unique opportunities for the Oceanic arts community.
This year we were excited to open Tautai Gallery and hub. For 2021, we are excited to extend our opening hours! Tautai Gallery will now be open from Monday – Saturday. 
We’re looking for volunteers who can commit to at least one Saturday a month as a visitor host to manaaki our visitors, help to navigate the gallery / hub and occasionally support public programmes.
If you are interested there will also be an opportunity to help with our public events which happen regularly throughout the year, ranging from live performances to talanoa and exhibition openings.
As a Tautai Ngāue ‘Ofa volunteer you will gain practical experience in the arts sector, as well as learn from and build relationships within the Pasifika arts community.
If you are interested in becoming a Tautai Ngāue ‘Ofa we would love to hear from you!
Please fill out the form below or download it here, and send it to tautai@tautai.org
Applications are open all year round!

Please tick as many that apply to you.

Vinaka, Fakaaue Lahi oue tulou, Fakafetai 
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Tautai!



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Exhibition: Moana Wall

MOANA WALL

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust and Link Alliance are proud to present the MOANA WALL.

An outdoor exhibition space located on East Street’s hoardings surrounding the Karangahape Station construction site. Tautai will curate and project manage the outdoor exhibitions from 2020 – 2023. The 70m hoardings will be transformed into the MOANA WALL using the existing infrastructure as a canvas that highlights contemporary Pasifika artists and celebrates the diverse community of Karangahape Road.

The MOANA WALL aims to highlight a significant era of Karangahape Road’s history and its lasting connection to Pasifika communities today.

The grand opening will be held on Friday 4 December celebrating its first exhibition Inside the wave are ocean bodies by artists Natasha Ratuva and Hōhua Ropate Kurene, curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe. The exhibition will remain until April 2021.

‘This new site specific work is an exploration of the crucial mechanisms that inform our connections as Moana communities. Through photographic, digital media and poetry Hōhua and Natasha created a narrative that celebrates the connections of their Fiji, Samoan and Māori whakapapa.’

On Friday 4 December we will reveal the MOANA WALL to the public for the first time, followed by an evening of outdoor festivities on East Street which includes food stalls, live performances and more!

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Exhibition: SALTWATER/Interconnectivity

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity

Tautai Gallery is transformed to embody the Moana / Solwara worldview

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity Tautai
SALTWATER / Interconnectivity Tautai

Co-curators Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo and Giles Peterson have transformed the Tautai Gallery to embody the Moana/Solwara worldview with SALTWATER/Interconnectivity on until January 30, 2021.

Peterson references the late Teresia Teaiwa, ‘she summed it up so well – we sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood – this is the key ingredient for the building blocks of life, it’s also the essence of who we are and captures the incredible journey of navigating the Moana / Solwara.’ Atafu-Mayo and Peterson understand fully the flow of life, the two first meeting as teacher and student. ‘I taught Kat but I find myself learning so much from her, it really has been quite incredible, she’s amazing,’ he says of their collaboration.

The six exhibiting artists are drawn from Aotearoa and across Te Moana Nui a Kiwa; – Peter Elavera, Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo, Te Ara Minhinnick, Shawnee Tekii, Telly Tuita and Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu. Their lived experiences magnified through the largeness of the exhibition.

‘We’re using a grand scale to highlight its focus from our incredible artists and that will be apparent to those visiting the show,’ says Peterson and Atafu-Mayo. The curators are excited that the show’s narratives around social justice, equity, gender and sexuality identity, climate change, language diaspora and ancestral knowledge are viewed uniquely through a Moana / Solwara worldview.


SALTWATER / Interconnectivity has now ended.


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Founding Patron: Fatu Feu’u

Just as the Pacific arts sector has grown, Tautai has grown with it.

We are excited about our new gallery which will enable us to further support and serve our community.

“Nearly 40 years ago… I didn’t even think we were going to have a Tautai organisation and to have this space now – it’s just amazing.”

– Fatu Feu’u, Tautai Founding Patron

Stay Creative, Stay Connected!

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Exhibition: Moana Legacy

Moana Legacy

Multi-disciplinary show that heralds Tautai’s new space

6th July – 18th September, 2020 
Tautai Gallery  Mon – Fri 11am – 4pm

Moana Legacy is Tautai’s first exhibition in its new gallery space, the show has been developed from an existing partnership with Blak Dot Gallery, Naarm (Melbourne) featuring moana artists working in both Aotearoa and Australia. Continuing the conversation in Tautai’s new expanded space in the heart of Auckland, this show offers up assorted approaches to the idea of legacy.

As artists of the moana, one often looks back to move forward, contemplating the connections to ancestors and finding a place within a narrative that is as deep as the ocean itself. Our ancestors left behind stories of legend with impressive characters, some continue to shape our contemporary stories of today. 

A legacy is the story of someone’s life, it is something that a person leaves behind to be remembered. Legacies are pathways that guide people with their own decision-making – inspiring them to build a legacy of their own.

With this in mind, the artists in this exhibition investigate notions of legacy  and their link to the moana. Featuring photography, installation, video, sculpture, hiapo and painting, Moana Legacy is a celebration of our own legacies and what it means to be an artist of the Pacific

Curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe, this show features Ahsin Ahsin, Cora-Allan Wickliffe & Kelly Lafaiki, Gina Ropiha, Israel Randell, Mereani Qalovakawasa, Naawie Tutugoro, Rangituhia Hollis and Talia Smith.

Moana Legacy runs from 6 July – 18 September, 2020.


Moana Legacy has now ended.



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Postcards Unlocked bookend

Postcards Unlocked

Digital postcards from Pasifika artists across Aotearoa and beyond

Postcards Unlocked was a digital activation featuring 40 artists over 40 days. The project was launched during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in Aotearoa to encourage meaningful connections through the digital moana to uplift our community and celebrate Pacific creativity. Additionally, Postcards Unlocked provided some financial relief for the community, as each featured artist was gifted a koha.

“Founded on sharing and alofa, Postcards Unlocked sustained our community through a time of great change. I’m proud of the belonging and the connectedness we created together.”

Courtney Sina Meredith, Tautai Director

Every postcard offered a peek into the creative process and inspiration from members of Tautai’s treasured Pasifika arts community – covering visual arts, music, dance, tatau, design, poetry, prose, performance, film, fashion, and emerging art forms. The mixture of participating artists allowed us to tautoko some well-known names as well as emerging talents working in a variety of mediums. 

“I [was] proud as a pineapple to be a part of this amazing Postcards Unlocked project, which was nothing short of brilliant.”

Dessa Bluu, Postcard artist

The activation used Tautai’s social media channels as a platform and included artists at all stages of their careers, from all over Aotearoa and beyond. Using the digital moana we extended the reach of Pacific art during a time when people were using the internet more than ever. Originally the tagline for Postcards Unlocked was “30 days 30 artists” but due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the project we showcased an additional 10 artists, resulting in the 40 postcards over 40 days. Tautai felt the alofa from our community with many likes, shares, comments, and new followers across our social channels – the Tautai Facebook Page now has over 5,000 followers!

Tautai exists to uplift and celebrate Pacific art in its many forms. We acknowledge the participating artists who made every day a journey of discovery for our aiga and supporters. As we ease our way out of lockdown in Aotearoa we are adapting to meet the needs of a changing world. Placing our makers and our thinkers at the forefront of all we do – there are new opportunities on the horizon grounded in the resilience and innovation of Postcards Unlocked.

The Entire Postcards Collection

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At Tautai we champion Pacific creativity, so if you’re an artist, researcher, curator, educator, student, writer or journalist and would like to contact Tautai, there are several ways to get in touch.


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Auckland 1010, Aotearoa New Zealand

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Tautai Pacific Arts Trust
PO Box 68 339, Wellesley Street West,
Auckland 1142, Aotearoa New Zealand

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About Tautai

About Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

Over the past 30 years we have grown to become Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts organisation with a multidisciplinary focus.

Office Hours: Mon–Fri, 10am – 5:30pm
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Tautai Lei 2020
Tautai team weaves the iconic ribbon lei, 2019

Welcome to Tautai, Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts organisation.

Located in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand – Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is a charitable trust dedicated to championing Pacific arts and artists. Tautai was formed in the 1980s when leading Samoan artist Fatu Feu’u and his peers came together with a shared aspiration to support and promote Pacific visual artists.

In the years since, we have grown to become Aotearoa’s premiere Pacific arts organisation with a multidisciplinary focus. We bring artists and the wider Tautai aiga together through a range of events and activities locally and globally.

“Great art feeds a family for generations.”

Tautai Founding Patron, Fatu Feu’u
Founding Patron Fatu Feu’u speaks about the growth of the Pacific arts sector. 

Proudly supported by Creative New Zealand, Foundation North and Fetu Ta‘i Patrons, Tautai is able to provide unique opportunities for the Oceanic arts community. Situated in the heart of Auckland’s CBD on Karangahape Road, Tautai’s newly expanded premises now includes a gallery space dedicated to showcasing the works of contemporary Pacific creatives all year round. In addition, Tautai’s full programme of activities and events include live-streamed artist talks and performances, a brand-new international strategy, workshops, internships and partnership initiatives that encourage growth in the sector.

“Tautai began with a vision to create belonging and community for Pacific artists. Fast forward to 2020 and Tautai Gallery is the fulfilment of this enduring ambition.”

Tautai Director, Courtney Sina Meredith

Tautai draws on the Samoan word for navigator and illustrates the organisation’s commitment to guiding moana arts in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Tautai’s Board of Trustees is chaired by leading Pacific artist Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu, Sāmoa), she is supported in her role by fellow Trustees: Brenda Railey (Secretary), John Gandy and Stephen Tamatoa Cairns.

“Tautai is a place, a people and a purpose.” – Director, Courtney Sina Meredith 

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Courtney Sina Meredith with Founding Patron Fatu Feu’u at First Fridays October, 2019.

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