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Tautai is thrilled to open applications for the Tautai Oceania Internships Programme 2021.

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SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Peter Elavera speaks to his work Unity Wall which highlights West Papua’s struggle for freedom and self-determination

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And just like that, our TAUTAI FALE-SHIP Home Residencies have come to an end. This year we delivered 20x FALE-SHIP residencies every week showcasing the brilliance of our Te moana nui a Kiwa artists living in Aotearoa! Enjoy this beautiful tribute as we honour and ...

And just like that, our TAUTAI FALE-SHIP Home Residencies have come to an end. This year we delivered 20x FALE-SHIP residencies ...

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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.

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We had such an incredible night celebrating and hosting our community at the opening of the MOANA WALL! A collaboration between Tautai and Link Alliance. https://youtu.be/wCRbMgHAINs Check out the incredible work of Natasha Ratuva and Hōhua Kurene, on show ...

We had such an incredible night celebrating and hosting our community at the opening of the MOANA WALL! A collaboration between ...

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Photo Gallery: Moana Wall

Ni sa bula!  On behalf of Tautai we want to thank you all for making the opening of the MOANA WALL such an incredible experience and special occasion!

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

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Exhibition runs until January 30, 2021. Open Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm

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We hope that everyone is staying safe, our alofa goes out to the creative community in Tāmaki.

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Reflecting on our incredible relaunch of First Fridays held in our new Tautai Gallery space for the first time amongst our current Moana Legacy exhibition.

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Opening Night Photo Gallery

Tautai Gallery Opening Night 2020

Check out the Opening Night photo gallery’s here!

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Tautai Fale-ships

We are excited to launch the highly anticipated TAUTAI FALE-SHIP Home Residency digital series!

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Gallery Tour with John Campbell

Tautai Pacific Arts Trust has reopened as a space where people can not only see art but can do art.
Breakfast got a sneak peek at how it’s looking.

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Tautai Gallery is a niu space with a rich legacy right in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau. It’s opening was truly a night to remember!

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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

Exhibition is now closed.

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

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Contact Tautai

Looking to connect with us? Please do! We would love to hear from you

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About Tautai

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Tautai is Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts organisation with a multidisciplinary focus

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Tautai Headquarters:  Tautai will reopen its doors on July 3 to a beautiful expanded space of over 500 square metres

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Tautai Oceania Internships Programme 2021

Tautai Oceania Internships

Developing future Pacific arts managers and leaders

Tautai Oceania Internship Programme 2021

After suspending our Internships for 2020 due to COVID-19 we are delighted to announce that we have re-launched our Tautai Oceania Internships Programme for 2021!

Applications are open from 25th of January – 19th of March 2021.

Tautai is thrilled to open applications for the Tautai Oceania Internships Programme 2021. The Programme is funded by Creative New Zealand and proudly delivered by Tautai to develop future Pacific arts managers and leaders, support Pacific arts infrastructure, and establish pathways for emerging Pacific practitioners to build their arts management skills.

Oceania Internship 2019 Tautai
Cultural Safety Workshop with Tuakana, Teina and Host Organisations, 2019.

Five internships are available to Pasifika arts practitioners residing in Aotearoa across all disciplines that are keen to build their experience in arts administration. We are now inviting applications from suitably qualified, hard-working, enthusiastic and determined people who are serious about forging a career in the arts.

The Internships are paid and will run for 20 weeks, working 40 hours a week. The 20 week placement needs to be completed between May – December 2021.

The Internship programme will operate on a Tuakana Teina model. Tuakana (mentors) will look after our Teina (interns) – supporting them throughout the duration of their Internship journey and strengthening their connections to the wider Pacific arts sector.

Applicants must have a tertiary qualification and/or a minimum of three years continuous experience working within the arts. Tautai will work with the selected interns to align placements with appropriate host organisations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.


How to apply:

To apply to be an intern, please email a cover letter and a CV to tautai@tautai.org

Host EOI’s are now open

Tautai Oceania Internship Programme 2021

If your organisation is interested in hosting an intern, please send an email detailing your organisation and a draft job description to tautai@tautai.org

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Artist Spotlight: Peter Elavera

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Peter Elavera speaks to his work Unity Wall which highlights West Papua’s struggle for freedom and self-determination, sharing the message that “West Papua’s freedom is will be Pacific’s freedom”.

On December 1st, Tautai hosted a solidarity event ‘One Solwara, One Love’, to commemorate what should be West Papuan Independence Day. As part of the event, Peter shared his message of solidarity with his West Papuan brothers and sisters.

Video by No Six.


SALTWATER / Interconnectivity is on at Tautai Gallery till 30 January, 2021


For further information please email us
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FALE-SHIP 2020 ROUND UP

And just like that, our TAUTAI FALE-SHIP Home Residencies have come to an end.

This year we delivered 20x FALE-SHIP residencies every week showcasing the brilliance of our Te moana nui a Kiwa artists living in Aotearoa!

Enjoy this beautiful tribute as we honour and celebrate our artists, our ancestors and community of people who awhi and support us everyday!


Mālō ‘aupito to our INCREDIBLE artists who shared their sacred spaces with us, we look forward to following your journeys into 2021 and beyond! Fa’afetai tele lava to our extraordinary Q&A facilitators for sharing time and holding space in the digital Moana.
This project was created during the unprecedented nationwide lockdowns in Aotearoa. Our artists shared their creative practices through a week-long residency, responding to a period of global transformation through a localised lens. Experienced digitally but grounded in the physical, the TAUTAI FALE-SHIP Home Residencies place value on the everyday experiences of Moana artists operating in their own centres.


2020 TAUTAI FALE-SHIP HOME RESIDENCY ARTISTS


Natasha Ratuva | Tui Emma Gillies & Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows | Iata Peautolu | Elisabeth Kumaran | Lyncia Muller | Sani Muliaumaseali’i | Jaimie (James) Waititi | Jasmine Tuia | Chris Van Doren | Keva Rands | Tuafale Tanoai (Linda.T) |
Melissa Gilbert | Salvador Brown | Fa’amele Etuale | Christopher Ulutupu |
Rawiri Brown | Tyla Vaeau | Michel Mulipola | Ashleigh Taupaki | Ioane Ioane


2020 TAUTAI FALE-SHIP Q&A FACILITATORS


Benji Timu | Amon (INF) Tyson | Rosanna Raymond | Marie Filipo | Leafa Wilson |
Naawie Tutugoro | Lonnie Hutchinson


View all the FALE-SHIPS here

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EXHIBITION – Voyagers: The Niu World

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

VOYAGERS - The Niu World

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

and Tui Emma Gillies

With Auckland moving to Level 1 today, we are thrilled to announce the new opening date for
VOYAGERS – The Niu World

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
March 5 – April 24, 2021
Tautai Gallery, Level 1 – 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central

For further information please email us 
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Moana Wall Opening Highlight Reel

We had such an incredible night celebrating and hosting our community at the opening of the MOANA WALL!

A collaboration between Tautai and Link Alliance.


Check out the incredible work of Natasha Ratuva and Hōhua Kurene, on show now!
Inside the wave are ocean bodies| Dec 2020 – Apr 2021



“WELCOME TO THE FUTURE – you have finally arrived where we have always been – and it is breathtakingly beautiful.”

– Courtney Sina Meredith



Moana Wall curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Video by No Six

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Photo Gallery: Moana Wall

Ni sa bula!  On behalf of Tautai we want to thank you all for making the opening of the MOANA WALL such an incredible experience and special occasion! 

Check out the photo gallery’s below!

Fa’afetai lava to our matua Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua. Thank you for your continuous support and blessing us with your spiritual guidance.  Fakafetai to our brilliant MC Daedae who commanded the stage with so much poise and grace and all of our speakers!

We’d like to acknowledge our amazing SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artists Te Ara and Telly and curators Kat & Giles who joined the celebrations and came to support after their artist talk at Tautai Gallery.

Fakaue lahi to our spectacular artists Natasha & Hōhua and curator Cora-Allan for creating the very first exhibition for the Moana Wall – ‘Inside the wave are ocean bodies’. The calibre of work you have created transcends time, worlds and oceans and we’re so happy to be part of your journey in this special project!  

Malo ‘aupito to our incredible performers – Samara Alofa, Church & AP and DJ Al’goodie on the decks! Each of you created the most epic vibe and the kept everyone in the highest spirits on Friday night! 

Meitaki ma’ata to our amazing caterers – Fob BBQ, Boil-up Crew, Ika Bowl and Blue Rose! The Pasifika & Māori cuisine was undeniably a highlight of the night! Thank you for filling our bellies with that soul food! 

We are so grateful to our friends, family and community that showed up to support and look forward to making more memories together on the Tautai vaka!  

Finally, thank you to the Link Alliance team and the beautiful partnership we have created from 2020-2023 to highlight the excellence of our Moana artists and share our culture on a public platform in the heart of Auckland City!  

All Photos by Isoa Kavakimotu


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


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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!

For further information please email us.
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Exhibition: SALTWATER/Interconnectivity

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity

Tautai Gallery is transformed to embody the Moana / Solwara worldview

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 runs until January 30, 2021
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm


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Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 update from Tautai HQ

Tautai HQ will re-open from Tuesday 1st September 2020
Office hours: Monday – Friday 9am-5:30pm 

Tautai HQ Covid-19

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

We hope that everyone is staying safe, our alofa goes out to the creative community in Tāmaki.  

Now that Auckland is moving into Alert Level 2.5 we will be adhering to government guidelines around Covid-19. 

The safety of the community and our staff is our top priority, therefore we will be taking the following precautions to help keep our fale safe: 

  • If you are unwell, stay home. 
  • You must scan the QR code upon entry or fill out the sign-in sheet. We suggest downloading the Covid Tracer app if you haven’t already. 
  • The use of masks and hand sanitiser is essential when visiting Tautai, we will provide both at the door if needed. 
  • Our doors will remain closed during the alert 2.5 period, please ring the doorbell when you arrive so that we can buzz you upstairs. 
  • Please be safe when visiting our gallery, practice social distancing with other visitors not in your bubble and with our staff. 
  • If you would like to arrange a meeting at Tautai HQ please email tautai@tautai.org. We will not allow drop-ins during this time
  • Lastly, gatherings are restricted to 10 people and we will be strictly enforcing this in our gallery and offices. This is for the safety of the community and ourselves! 

Our exhibition Moana Legacy is still on till the 18 September and we will ensure 
that our visitors can access the exhibition safely in it’s final weeks. Our gallery is open Monday – Friday, 11am – 4pm. For those who cannot come into the space you can still experience the exhibition online

We have been working hard to stay connected during lockdown, check out our weekly Fale-ship residencies that have been shared during lockdown and will carry on until the end of the year. Find them here

Stay up to date on our annoucements by following us on our social channels and joining our mailing list.  

Thank you for your ongoing support during this tough time and stay safe aiga!  

Meitaki ma’ata, 
Team Tautai 

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Tautai HQ Covid-19

First Fridays August Highlight Reel

First Fridays August was an amazing evening of inter-generational talanoa and performance.

Featuring Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Naawie Tutugoro, Luc Tutugoro, Diggy Dupe, hosted by Teokotai Paitai


“Our monthly meeting of minds – First Fridays. Where we share our own stories, sing our own songs and imagine our own futures…”

– Courtney Sina Meredith, Tautai Director

Video by No Six

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Opening Night Photo Gallery

On Friday July 3 we opened Tautai Gallery and made history together!

We welcomed the community into our gallery for the first time with inaugural opening exhibition Moana Legacy.

Check out the Opening Night photo gallery’s below!

Our new expanded space was officially opened by Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, The Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern alongside a host of speakers including Founding Patron Fatu Feu’u, Representatives from Ngati Whatua and Creative New Zealand and our Board. We also acknowledge the attendance of The Right Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Moana Legacy marks a moment in the history of Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust opening its first gallery space.

Featuring artists: Ahsin Ahsin, Cora-Allan Wickliffe & Kelly Lafaiki, Gina Ropiha , Israel Randell, Mereani Qalovakawasa, Naawie Tutugoro, Rangituhia Hollis and Talia Smith


“This is a new chapter for Tautai, a historical moment in which we are honouring our heritage and moving forward together”


– Courtney Sina Meredith



All Photos by Isoa Kavakimotu


Moana Legacy has now ended.
Gallery Hours: 11am – 4pm


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About: Fale-ships

We have launched the highly anticipated Tautai Fale-ship Home Residency digital series!

TAUTAI FALE-SHIP Home Residencies will feature 20 Moana artists each week over five months through our website and social media platforms between July – December 2020

FEATURING:
Natasha Ratuva | Tui Emma Gillies & Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows | Iata Peautolu | Elisabeth Kumaran | Lyncia Muller | Sani Muliaumaseali’i | Keva Rands | Jaimie Waititi | Chris Van Doren | Jasmine Tuia | Tuafale Tanoai | Melissa Gilbert | Salvador Brown | Christopher Ulutupu | Fa’amele Etuale | Rawiri Brown | Tyla Vaeau | Michael Mulipola | Ashleigh Taupaki | John Ioane

Moana artists make some of their best work at home; at the kitchen table, in living rooms surrounded by family, in bedrooms and garages, in home studios where we feel safe and connected to those around us. We are constantly creating and thinking of new ideas, informed by the people and places that give life to our creativity.

“Now is the time, more than ever, to celebrate and support artists in our own back yard.”

– Courtney Sina Meredith, Tautai Director

Artists will undertake a 1-week deep dive into exploring the creative processes behind their work and share an insight into their home practice as artists in residence, responding to a period of global transformation through a localised lens. Experienced digitally but grounded in the physical, the TAUTAI FALE-SHIP Home Residencies place value on the everyday experiences of Moana artists operating in their own centres.

This initiative aims to encourage meaningful connections through the digital Moana as we slowly navigate a new sense of normality due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Follow our wave as we navigate the digital Moana together:
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

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Gallery Tour with John Campbell

Tautai Pacific Arts Trust has reopened on K Road

A wise man once said, “great art feeds a family for generations”.
That man is Fatu Feu’u ONZM, the founder of Tautai, New Zealand’s leading pacific arts organisation.
The Tautai Pacific Arts Trust has now reopened in the city as a space where people can not only see art but can do art.

Breakfast got a sneak peek at how it’s looking.



More information:
Moana Legacy, 6 July – 18 September at Tautai Gallery

Meet the Artists of Moana Legacy: Ahsin Ahsin, Cora-Allan Wickliffe and Kelly Lafaiki, Rangituhia Hollis, Gina Ropiha, Israel Randell, Mereani Qalovakawasa, Naawie Tutugoro

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Tautai Gallery Opening

Tautai Gallery is a niu space with a rich legacy.

Over 30 years ago Tautai’s founding patron Fatu Feu’u and his peers gathered 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.

Contemporary Pacific art now has a dedicated platform right in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Truly a night to remember!

Video by No Six

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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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Contact Tautai

Contact Tautai

Looking to connect? Please do! We’d love to hear from you

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.


Office Hours: Mon – Fri 9–5:30pm
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 10–4pm, closed weekends. Gallery is currently closed for install.

After Hours:
We frequently have aevents which often run outside office and gallery hours.
To keep up to date with our events by following our Facebook and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our mailing list

Physical Address:
Tautai HQ and Gallery,
level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Newton,
Auckland 1010, Aotearoa New Zealand

Postal Address:
Tautai Pacific Arts Trust
PO Box 68 339, Wellesley Street West,
Auckland 1010, Aotearoa New Zealand

Tautai Online:
Facebook | Instagram | Website | Twitter | Youtube | LinkedIn | Pre-2020 Web Archive

Contact Tautai
Tautai HQ, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland, Aotearoa

Tautai Information
Zoe Lewis, Tautai Assistant – ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 21 065 1656

Tautai Gallery
Gloriana Meyers, Gallery Assistant – ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 27 688 8518

Tautai Media and Communications
Sam McKegg, Media Manager – ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 21 134 7520

Tautai Administration
Danielle Meredith, Operations Manager – ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 22 561 4098

Tautai Director
Courtney Sina Meredith, Director – ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 22 532 0806

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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
Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat, 11am–4pm

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 has 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 

For further information please email us.
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Director Founder Tautai 2020
Courtney Sina Meredith with Founding Patron Fatu Feu’u at First Fridays October, 2019.

Tautai HQ

Afio mai to the new Tautai HQ

A fresh beacon of Pasifika creativity in Auckland’s art district

Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland, Aotearoa

Official Opening of Tautai’s Gallery, Friday 3 July

With major funding secured from Creative New Zealand, the new Tautai headquarters places them alongside other key organisations such as Te Papa and Auckland Art Gallery as a platform for amplifying Pacific creativity.

When Tautai HQ reopens, it will be to a beautiful expanded space of over 500 square metres, with a myriad of new initiatives planned for the coming year. Tautai’s Director Courtney Sina Meredith says the extra space, which includes a dedicated gallery, will enable Tautai to expand on its current programmes and activities from a central location.

“We are setting up a hub in the city for Oceanic creatives where they can come and talk about their work, we have a huge gallery space for art, music, exhibitions, readings, film, performance – you name it, we can do it all here”

Courtney Sina Meredith.

The key contributing factors that make up Tautai is the work we do within education and institutional facilities, with artists, industry and our fundraising abilities. With this new expansion comes greater opportunity in all these areas.

Kiribati Association Tautai
West Auckland Kiribati Association

Artist support
If you are an artist interested in becoming part of Tautai’s creative community please follow our facebook page, which is regularly updated with new opportunities.

Tautai Oceania Internship Programme
Tautai’s treasured internship programme, now in its seventh year, is currently paused due to COVID-19.
If you are interested in becoming part of our internship programme in future either as a host organisation or an intern, please contact us via email. Check out our coverage on our 2019 internship programmes.

Fundraising
Tautai is a Toi Tōtara Haemata investment client, our main source of funding comes from Creative New Zealand. We also receive generous support from Foundation North and our Fetu Ta’i patrons. Tautai  work with additional networks to further strengthen the creative Pacific community. In 2020 we plan  to expand even further, connecting in with aligned Oceanic arts organisations and Pacific media to profile and uplift our arts aiga.  

Tautai Gallery
Open Mon–Fri 10–4pm | Gallery Opening Friday 3rd July, 4:30pm
Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland.
PO Box 68 339, Wellesley Street West.

“This is a new chapter for Tautai, a historical moment in which we are honouring our heritage and moving forward together”

Courtney Sina Meredith
Director Founder Tautai 2020
Director Courtney Sina Meredith with Founding Patron Fatu Feu’u at First Fridays October, 2019

For further information please email us.
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

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