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We are excited to launch a series of limited-edition tote bags recycled from from Natasha Ratuva and Hōhua Kurene’s exhibition ‘Inside the wave are ocean bodies’ (2020) curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe, originally located on the Moana Wall on East Street, Tāmaki Makaurau.

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An icon of the Aotearoa entertainment industry, multi-award winning creative Teremoana Rapley presents her first solo exhibition, ‘ui, at Tautai Gallery from 26 February 2022.

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out Oh My Ocean, please enjoy this digital exploration of the space. Tautai is now closed for 2021 but we hope to see more of you in the new year!

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Gallery Technician EOI

Tautai is looking for handy people with a passion for Moana arts to support the delivery of our 2022 exhibition programme.

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<< Tautai Holiday Hours >>
CLOSING: Friday 17 December 2021 | RE-OPENING: Monday 10th January 2022

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Striking, sublime and candid Warren’s work uses the photographic medium to provide the viewer with the opportunity to make an intimate connection with various communities. His work captures and celebrates the depth of interconnectivity between people and explores the complexities of identity. For his 2021 Fale-ship Residency, Warren created a striking series of cyanotype photographic portraits of his flatmates during lockdown.

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CIRCUIT and TAUTAI are excited to announce an open call for the CIRCUIT 2022 Tagata Moana Moving Image Award.

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We are excited to share a digital preview of our latest exhibition ‘Oh My Ocean,’ curated by Nigel Borell and showcasing works by Tautai Fale-ship 2020 recipients.

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A new group exhibition curated by Nigel Borell presents a fresh take on the legacy of Moana people and connection to place.

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

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

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

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Exhibition – ‘ui

An icon of the Aotearoa entertainment industry, multi-award winning creative Teremoana Rapley presents her first solo exhibition, ‘ui, at Tautai Gallery from 26 February 2022.

Combining archival footage, live performance, music, interviews and digital art, ‘ui takes us on a journey of self-discovery and explores the three-decade long creative career of Teremoana Rapley, alongside reflections on her life as a mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and lover. The exhibition will share private reflections of her career and how she defines her creative life today as a ‘Black Moana Sovereign Storyteller’. Her journey culminating with her debut album, which has been 34 years in the making, ‘Daughter of a Housegirl’, set for release in March 2022. 

As a working mother of four, Teremoana has worked in almost every area of television, music and event sectors over the past three decades. At age 14, Teremoana joined the pioneering, politically conscious rap group Upper Hutt Posse, and later joined Moana and the Moahunters. She also gained popularity as a television presenter for What Now? and indigenous youth magazine show, Mai Time, before moving into television production. Under her own production company and as a producer for Māori Television, Teremoana has over 3,000 production credits. She has also worked in event production and more recently in cultural development with Auckland Council.  

Teremoana 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.  

She has been described as a “creative polymath”, to which she says, “I’m a ‘Teremoana of all trades’ – although it was not from privilege, but out of necessity to put a roof over our heads – to survive.” 

 “While accolades are nice, I have always been aware that there are many places and spaces that were never designed with me in mind – why is that?” says Teremoana. Through ‘ui, she will present a multi-dimensional commentary on the acceptance of toxic behaviour in the music industry and questions the terminology and meaning of “art and wellbeing” and “arts and culture”. She continues, “I am my music. But part of the challenge with any industry that relies on your unique creativity, is that you’re supposed to create a product that will be mass-manufactured. This is an industrial approach to art – and it doesn’t fit with me.” 

Tautai Director Courtney Sina Meredith says, “Teremoana Rapley is one of the most influential creatives and musicians working in Aotearoa today, like many of my generation – I grew up inspired by her tenacity and talent. We are honoured to have her at Tautai to share reflections on her immense and hugely successful career to date, as well as share more personal elements of her story for the first time, and all on the precipice of the release of her debut album.”  

‘ui by Teremoana Rapley will be presented at Tautai Gallery from 26 February until 26 March 2022.  


Exhibition details: 

Teremoana Rapley | ‘ui  
Saturday 26 February – Saturday 26 March 2022 

Tautai Gallery, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central 
Open 10am–4pm, Tuesday–Friday | 11am – 4pm, Saturdays 


For further information please email us 
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Oh My Ocean – Photo Gallery

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Oh My Ocean, please enjoy this digital exploration of the space. Tautai is now closed for 2021 but we hope to see more of you in the new year! 

Oh My Ocean includes work by Rawiri BrownFa’amele EtualeIoane IoaneElisabeth KumaranSani Muliaumaseali’iMichel MulipolaIata PeautoluKeva Rands and Chris Van Doren. Through a dynamic blend of media that reaches across comic book illustration, sculpture, installation art, digital media, textile design and performance, these artists tell stories that celebrate and share a Moana worldview. Curated by Nigel Borrell.

“Amongst the shifting circumstances of the pandemic, these artists have shown how – even when creating in sustained isolation – we have innumerable connections.”

NIGEL BORELL

All photographs by Ralph Brown.  

Exhibition details: 
Oh My Ocean 
Reopens Tuesday 11 January 2022 and runs until Saturday 29 January 2022 
Tautai Gallery, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central 
Open 10am–4pm, Tuesday–Friday, 11am – 4pm, Saturdays 



For further information please email us 
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Gallery Technician EOI

Install of 'Saltwater Interconnectivity' exhibition. Photo by Gloriana Meyers.

Tautai is looking for handy people with a passion for Moana arts.

We are seeking Gallery Technicians to support the delivery of our 2022 exhibition programme. You will work closely with the Gallery Manager, our core team, suppliers when necessary, and various artists across multiple disciplines.

We are looking for people with technical and workshop skills regarding hanging artworks and fabrication of displays. A knowledge of a wide range of building materials and methods is essential. Experience of installing, handling and caring for artwork is highly desired.

The role would include:

  • Supporting artists and/or curators during installation, display and dismantling of exhibition. 
  • Safely unpacking items, arranging them for exhibit, and setting up sound and visual effects.
  • Tracking costs of installing an exhibition
  • Designing and building, furnishings and fittings for exhibitions
  • Safely dismantling exhibition furniture and props and packing for storage or shipping

This support aligns with the exhibition schedule, with install periods occurring every 5 to 8 weeks.

Tautai is the home of contemporary Moana arts, we are privileged to work with an inspiring community of creatives and innovators who contribute significantly to the cultural fabric of Aotearoa.

Please get in touch for more information by emailing gallery@tautai.org.
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Moana Wall Tote Bag Launch

We are excited to launch a series of limited-edition tote bags recycled from Natasha Ratuva and Hōhua Kurene’s exhibition ‘Inside the wave are ocean bodies’ (2020) curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe, originally located on the Moana Wall on East Street, Tāmaki Makaurau.

The creation of this new series of bags sees the wall dispersed amongst the community, manifesting the collective action embodied by the original work. ‘Inside the wave are ocean bodies’ reflected on the Moana diaspora, dislocation and relocation, navigation and relationships between our people. The work formed a path both physically on East St and ceremonially through its creation and connections formed between Natasha and Hōhua, and between the artists and the community. Throughout the Pacific, the metaphor of a path is fundamental to the imagining of alliance and affinity.

Through the creation of the limited series of bags, the wall now evolves into its new life of celebration, exchange, reciprocity and prosperity. Once a 60 metre-long work, ‘Inside the waves are ocean bodies’ is now folded in on itself, seperated and locally manufactured into 124 individual pieces. With sustainability in mind, it was important to the artists to ensure that the wall has a kinder afterlife.

In the repurposing and distribution of the original work, Natasha and Hōhua reflect on the ceremonial use of barkcloth in the Pacific or masi as it is known in many Fijian dialects. Masi is essential in the protection of mana, often seen in celebrations; weddings; births; to lift mourning; as a doorway between the spirit realm and the physical; for welcoming voyagers; and countless other occasions. It is created collectively, shared amongst the community and valued as an item of reciprocation between families and kin.

In this new mode, ‘Inside the wave are ocean bodies’ is now offered to whanau, friends and community as a memory of the original work, and the convergence of idealising, talanoaga and observation.

  • Limited edition of 124.
  • Each bag is unique, order your favourite now for shipping on 10 January.
  • Cut from PVC billboard material, the bags are water resistant and lightweight.
  • Proceeds go to the artists, and a portion will go towards supporting the important work that Lifewise Merge Café does in the community.

For further information please email us 
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Holiday Hours

Manuia le Kerisimasi ma
le tausaga fou manuia!

From Team Tautai xx


Wishing you and your aiga a safe and wonderful holiday break and looking forward to coming back in the new year with an exciting programme of exhibitions and events!

Fa’afetai tele lava to everyone who has shown love and made this difficult year so special! 💚


Tautai Holiday Hours
CLOSING: Friday 17 December 2021
RE-OPENING: Monday 10th January 2022


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Checkout the 10 amazing FALE-SHIP Residencies this year!

See more of the digital content for our current exhibition ‘Oh My Ocean’

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Fale-ship: Warren Paea

WARREN PAEA
FALE-SHIP HOME RESIDENCY 2021

Striking, sublime and candid Warren’s work uses the photographic medium to provide the viewer with the opportunity to make an intimate connection with various communities. His work captures and celebrates the depth of interconnectivity between people and explores the complexities of identity. For his 2021 Fale-ship Residency, Warren created a striking series of cyanotype photographic portraits of his flatmates during lockdown.  

My Name is Warren Paea and I am a 30 year old Niuean from Mangere East, South Auckland. Both of my parents are from the village of Hakupu in Niue. My creative practice is mainly focused in photography/print and my residency took place in my flat in Grey Lynn, Auckland

-Warren Paea



For his Fale-ship Warren created a series of stunning blue-wash, largescale photographic portraits of his flatmates that, beyond being captivating images, hold a sense of community, collaboration and perseverance in their very creation. The prints reflect Warren’s practice of street photography, capturing uncontrived portraits of his subjects in their own homes. 

“I always had this vision of creating cyanotypes at a much larger scale than what I was used to seeing. The monotonous tone of the Prussian blue in cyanotypes enhance the depth and beauty of the portraits and I wanted to exaggerate that through the scale.” 

WARREN PAEA


Check out Warrens’s highlight video as he reflects on his Tautai Fale-ship Residency!  

Warren reflects on his practice and his Fale-ship residency and how it allowed him to bring a vision of large-scale cyanotypes to life. Hand printing these works presented significant challenges to a home-based practice during lockdown. Despite these challenges Warren stands by the belief that he is always meant to be where he is in life at any given time and this acceptance and resourcefulness is reflected in his residency. Using his flatmates as models and developing the photographs in a large tub in his backyard with natural light.  

“I think that beauty is a decision, an acknowledgement, self-reflection. You can breathe that acknowledgement and self-reflection into other people and you should do it more often. Because it costs you nothing.” 

WARREN PAEA

@warrenpaea

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CIRCUIT Tagata Moana Moving Image Award

CIRCUIT and TAUTAI are excited to announce an open call for the CIRCUIT 2022 Tagata Moana Moving Image Award.

Still from Layers, Layers, Layers (2017) a video by Darcell Apelu

This $7500 commission will support a Moana Pasifika artist based in Aotearoa New Zealand to create a new single channel moving image work that will be premiered at the 18th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) in September 2022. The selected artist will be supported to travel to the Festival. Funding dependent, the artist will also be supported to undertake a 2 week residency in the UK at Hospitalfield, Arbroath, designed to open up networks and professional development opportunities.

The premiere of the work in Aotearoa will take place at TAUTAI in 2022.  

The CIRCUIT 2022 Tagata Moana Moving Image Award is presented in partnership with TAUTAI and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, with the support of Creative New Zealand.  

Who can apply?

The CIRCUIT 2022 Tagata Moana Moving Image Award is for Moana Pasifika artists with an established practice in the field of artist moving image, who are motivated to meet an international network of peer artists and film-makers, connected by the global Moana.  

What form is expected of the new work?

The final form of the work should be imagined as a single channel screening for a cinematic context, either in a physical space or online. As the work is developed, the partners are happy to consider other potentials for presentation of the work (eg: installation, performance). However, in the first instance your proposal should be for a single channel video work that can be watched from beginning to end.

Please note that BFMAF will support the presentation of the work in the festival including, where necessary, technical support and equipment costs. 

How do I apply?

The open call seeks proposals that will enable the artist to produce a new work which represents a significant development in their practice.

Applicants should make clear in their application their production process for making the single channel video, and how it will be supported by the available budget.

Please send the following materials to Mark Williams (CIRCUIT) via director@circuit.org.nz by 5pm 20 January 2022:

– a bio, outlining your practice, and any significant achievements (1 page max)
– a headshot suitable for promo and publicity
– at least 2 online links to recent moving image works
– a proposal (2 pages max) detailing the work you propose to make, how and why this work represents a milestone in your practice
– a Production Budget detailing the costs towards producing the commission (please see fees below for budget details)

What is the deadline for applications?

5pm Thursday 20 January 2022.

Project budget and details

Fees paid to the artist

  • $3000 Artist Fee
  • $4500 Production Costs
  • $2000 Home Fund

Related costs covered by project partners

  • Airfare NZ-UK return
  • Accommodation at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival (5 days)
  • Presentation/ installation costs 
  • Accommodation in Hospitalfield, Arbroath  (10 days) / Glasgow (1 day) / Edinburgh (1 day) (Funding dependent)
  • Transport (UK)

Pastoral care and support

CIRCUIT, TAUTAI and the BFMAF acknowledge the challenges of travelling and working far from home. We will work with the selected artist to ensure the artist has supportive networks in the UK, and ahead of the award, introduce the artist  via Zoom to the festival organisers. TAUTAI will also support this award with a $2000 Home Fund Award, to offset the costs incurred at home in the absence of the artist.  

Covid 19

The successful applicant must be double vaccinated against Covid 19. In the event of Covid 19 making the journey or festival unsustainable, the work will be shown as part of the festival’s online programme.  

Timeline

20 January 2022 – Applications due
25-30 January 2022 – Interviews
5 February 2022  – Announcement of the Award recipient
1 September 2022 – flight to UK
Mid September 2022 – return flight to Aotearoa

Who do I contact with questions?

Get in touch with Mark Williams director@circuit.org.nz. Please note that the CIRCUIT office is closed 20 Dec 2021-10 January 2022 and email responses in this time will be infrequent.  

About Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

Based on the borders of England and Scotland, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) is one of the UK’s leading festivals for artists’ moving image and new cinema.  Now in its 18th year, BFMAF is recognised for its 4 day festival of screening, installations, performances, workshops, and seminars alongside its work year round that focuses on supporting artists and filmmakers production, working with local young people and creating professional development opportunities locally and nationally. With over 12,000 visitors attending in person in 2019 and online in 2020, the Festival has become a keystone in the cultural calendar of the UK. 

About CIRCUIT

CIRCUIT is an arts agency based in Wellington, New Zealand. Our activities include curation, distribution and commissioning of works; as well as the commissioning of new writing and professional development opportunities for artists. We are the leading voice for representing artist image practice from Aotearoa New Zealand.  

About Hospitalfield

Hospitalfield is an arts organisation based in the coastal town of Arbroath in the North East of Scotland founded in 1901. Hospitalfield has an international reputation in the visual arts for our artist development programmes through residencies and commissioning.  

Oh My Ocean: Virtual Tour

We are excited to share a digital preview of our latest exhibition ‘Oh My Ocean,’ curated by Nigel Borell and showcasing works by Tautai Fale-ship 2020 recipients.

‘Oh My Ocean’ is a light-hearted riff on the popular social media phrase ‘Oh My God’ (and its acronym OMG). The show’s name is a play on words, meaning and digital expression, but underneath the jest is a serious statement about Moana people and our integral relationship to the ocean as the centre of one’s world – of one’s identity. In this regard, it is a powerful reclamation of space and cultural renewal. 

We acknowledge the nine incredible artists that feature in ‘Oh My Ocean’: Rawiri Brown, Fa’amele Etuale, Ioane Ioane, Elisabeth Kumaran, Sani Muliaumaseali’i, Michel Mulipola, Iata Peautolu, Keva Rands, and Chris Van Doren. We would also like to acknowledge Nigel Borell, ngā mihi for your support in bringing this show to life. 

When coming to visit Tautai Gallery, you are required to wear a mask, sign in and present a vaccine passport. 

Video by NoSix

To stay up to date head to our Facebook and Instagram


Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022


Tautai Gallery, 300 Karangahape Road 
Auckland CBD 
Gallery hours: Tues – Sat 10am – 4pm  

For further information please email us 
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Exhibition – Oh My Ocean

A new group exhibition curated by Nigel Borell presents a fresh take on the legacy of Moana people and connection to place. 

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust presents Oh My Ocean, bringing together work developed by nine artists during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 lockdowns. The exhibition, curated by Nigel Borell, is open from Saturday 30 October (or when Covid-19 alert levels permit after this date).

Oh My Ocean is a lighthearted riff on the popular social media phrase ‘Oh My God’, exclaimed in surprise, shock or amazement. The phrase is a play on words, meaning and digital expression, but underneath the jest is a statement about the integral connection between Moana people and the ocean as the centre of one’s world – of one’s identity.

Curator Nigel Borell says, “Much like the phrase, Oh My Ocean is an exuberant and fresh take on the legacy of Moana people and our connection to place. Moana artists offer their own exclamations and reclamations as expressions full of hope, ambition and sovereignty.”

“Amongst the shifting circumstances of the pandemic, these artists have shown how – even when creating in sustained isolation – we have innumerable connections.”

Oh My Ocean includes work by Rawiri Brown, Fa’amele Etuale, Ioane Ioane, Elisabeth Kumaran, Sani Muliaumaseali’i, Michel Mulipola, Iata Peautolu, Keva Rands and Chris Van Doren. Through a dynamic blend of media that reaches across comic book illustration, sculpture, installation art, digital media, textile design and performance, these artists tell stories that celebrate and share a Moana worldview.

All artists exhibiting in Oh My Ocean participated in Tautai’s Fale-ship programme, an initiative born 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 second of two group exhibitions showcasing Tautai’s Fale-ship artists.

“We’re excited to be rounding out Tautai’s full year of exhibitions with Oh My Ocean, the finale show by our 2021 guest curator Nigel Borell. This blockbuster offering provides urgent and sacred insight into the work of contemporary Tagata-Moana artists and the power of our community.”

Courtney Sina Meredith, Tautai Director

Exhibition details:
Oh My Ocean
Saturday 30 October 2021 – Saturday 29 January 2022
Tautai Gallery, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central
Open 10am–4pm, Tuesday–Friday, 11am – 4pm, Saturdays

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

For further information please email us
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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!

Tautai AGM 2021 related content for download:

For further information please email us via tautai@tautai.org

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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


For further information please email us 
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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


For further information please email us
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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 10 November 2021

We’re working to get our space ready to reopen, with community safety being our top priority. We appreciate your patience as we develop new procedures to make sure your visit to Tautai is safe and enjoyable. We’ll let you know as soon as we have a reopening date.  

Ma le alofa mai, 

Team Tautai 

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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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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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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 Us

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: Tue – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 11am – 4pm

After Hours:
We frequently have events 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 1142, Aotearoa New Zealand

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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 Public Programmes
Mile Fane, Programmes Manager ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 21 557 693

Tautai Administration
Danielle Meredith, Operations Manager – ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 22 0296 8392

Tautai Director
Courtney Sina Meredith, Director – ddi +64 9 376 1665

For general enquiries please email us.
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Tautai Contact
Tautai HQ, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road

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 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 

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.

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