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

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For her new work ‘Paradise’ displayed on Tautai’s outdoor exhibition space, Moana Wall, Ashleigh steps away from the comfort of her sculptural practice and shares writing and drawing on a large scale to envision her Nana’s experience as a migrant from Samoa.

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We were honoured to host Jaimie Waititi’s artist talk and manifesto launch of ‘ReMoanafication: Time is a space’.

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Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti | Public Programmes
Join us for an artist talk and publication launch for Jaimie Waititi’s ‘ReMoanification:Time is a space’. Exploring the themes of the text with a guest.

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Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti | Public Programmes
Tyla Vaeau will be presenting the art of tatau within the gallery space. Join a talanoa about the politics and perceptions of tatau.

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Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti | Public Programmes
Join Jasmine Tuiā accompanied by her good friend and artist Eric Soakai to sit, stitch and kava-noa.
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Lynn Freeman asks Christopher Ulutupu why he’s so keen to involve his family in his videos

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Multidisciplinary artist, Melissa Gilbert shares her storytelling practice which she communicates through the performance of activation. She explains how her first activation she performed at Tautai during Artweek 2019 influenced her 2020 Fale-ship work, which is currently showing as part of the Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti exhibition

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Jasmine Tuiā discusses how the lockdown influenced her practice and bringing the online Fale-ship into the physical world. The use of materials from her home is reflected in her work ‘Folau Pea’ currently on show as part of ‘Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti’

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Curated by the esteemed Nigel Borell, Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti, presented by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, will bring together nine local artists and their works, all produced during the 2020-2021 lockdowns.

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Nigel Borell is opening his first exhibition since his headline-grabbing departure from Auckland Art Gallery, collaborating with Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust.

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The curator of one of Aotearoa’s largest ever exhibitions that saw over 300 pieces of contemporary Māori art on display now has a new exhibition opening in Auckland.

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Works done by Māori and Pasifika artists during lockdown will be on show from tomorrow at Karangahape Road’s Tautai Gallery.

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Meet the Curator: Introducing Nigel Borell, curator of Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti!

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Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti | Public Programmes

Check out what dates DJ Linda T. will be activating her work ➡️

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Watch the highlights from the opening of Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti!

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Have a look at our photo gallery from the opening of Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti!

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Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Tuāfale Tanoa’i AKA Linda T.

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Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Jasmine Tuiā

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Mālō e lelei! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Melissa Gilbert

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Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti artist, Christopher Ulutupu

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Meet the Artist: Jaimie Waititi

Tēna koe! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Jaimie Waititi

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Tēnā koe! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Ashleigh Taupaki!

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Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Salvador Brown!

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Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Tyla Vaeau!

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Mālō e lelei! Introducing our Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Lyncia Müller!

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One of our fantastic public programmes we hosted as part of Voyagers was Pele live in concert!

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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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During Sulieti’s kiekie masterclasses we asked her about how she learnt the skill of making kiekie and why it is important to pass on this knowledge.

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Watch the highlights from Pele Gilles’ live concert at Tautai Gallery! It was a wonderful afternoon filled with fāmili, kai and music.

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to come and see the exhibition in person, check out our official gallery tour video created by NoSix.

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Join us for an incredible morning of talanoa and experience our current exhibition  Voyagers: The Niu World  with the show’s curators and artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies.

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Meet the mother-daughter artist duo creating a new Polynesian art style together.

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A performance not to be missed! Pele delighted and amazed those at the Voyagers: The Niu World opening, playing a selection of classical works and his own compositions.

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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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Across two Saturdays, Sulieti hosted workshops on how to make Kiekie, a traditional Tongan garment to be worn around the waist. We learnt how to weave these adornments from scratch whilst enjoying beautiful kai, coffee and chit chat.

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Tui and Sulieti discuss the effects of the global pandemic and the importance of family which are the central themes in their show, Voyagers: The Niu World

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Over two exclusive, hands-on workshops, spend the morning with Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows MNZM and make your own kiekie.

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Tautai is supporting Auckland Writers Festival 2021. Check out the events here!

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Watch: Voyagers – The Niu World Opening Night Highlights Video

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Tautai is thrilled to announce that we have two new members in our Tautai Aiga!

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Photo Gallery: Voyagers – The Niu World

Mālō lahi ‘aupito to everyone who came through to support the opening of Voyagers: The Niu World.

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Mālō e lelei! Introducing VOYAGERS: The Niu World opening night performer Pele Gillies!

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Tautai invites all tertiary students to experience our current exhibition VOYAGERS – The Niu World with the show’s curators and artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies.

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Mālō e lelei! Introducing VOYAGERS: The Niu World curators and artists Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows!

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Applications for the Tautai Oceania Internship Programme are NOW CLOSED!

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Auckland moves into Alert Level 1 with rest of country.

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If your organisation is interested in hosting an intern in 2021. APPLY NOW!

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Introducing the mother/daughter duo Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows

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TUI EMMA GILLIES – Change of alert levels affects exhibition at Tautai Gallery

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The timing is certainly not great – and definitely a little ironic – for Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust’s next exhibition, Voyagers: The Niu World by New Zealand-based, Tongan mother-daughter combo Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows.

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Voyagers: The Niu World showcases a collection of tapa artworks by award-winning Tongan artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and her daughter Tui Emma Gillies. Their collection was created during and after lockdown and reflects on the idea of navigating a changed world in the midst of a pandemic.

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Sulieti and Tui chat to Lynn Freeman about the Coronavirus era and the way in which the word “bubble” has come to mean safety and sanctuary. But can bubbles also be cages, forcing families apart?

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Mother-daughter team to open Pacific art gallery with lockdown journey on tapa art

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Moana Wall artists Hōhua Ropate Kurene and Natasha Ratuva talk about what connects us Moana people. They discuss the various methods and mediums they used to convey their understanding of space, whakapapa, diaspora and much more…

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MEDIA RELEASE | New exhibition at Tautai Gallery presents artists’ perspective on COVID-19 through tapa art

Tui Emma Gillies, Voyagers, 2020 Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust presents Voyagers: The Niu World, a new exhibition by New Zealand-based, Tongan artists Tui Emma Gillies and ...

Tui Emma Gillies, Voyagers, 2020 Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust presents

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Applications for the Tautai Oceania Internships Programme 2021 are NOW CLOSED

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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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Ioane is a Samoan multi-disciplinary artist living in Tāmaki Makaurau. His work is informed by his Samoan heritage and includes performance, film, painting, installation and sculpture.

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Throwback to our Artist Talk with some of the artists and curators of our current SALTWATER / Interconnectivity exhibition.

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

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Ashleigh is multi-disciplinary artist who specializes in sculpture.

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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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Tyla is a tatau practitioner, known for her unique ability to combine the contemporary with the traditional in her art.

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Natasha and Hōhua talk about their epic 60m site-specific artwork ‘Inside the wave are ocean bodies’, the first exhibition to be shown on the Moana Wall. – 531pi

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Witness the connection between artists Hōhua Kurene and Natasha Ratuva and how that collaboration translated into an epic 60m site-specific work Inside the wave are ocean bodies, curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe.

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Meet the Artist: Natasha Ratuva

Raised in Fiji, multi-media creative Natasha is one of the two artists behind Tautai x Link Alliance’s MOANA WALL

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Meet the Artist: Hōhua Ropate Kurene

Pōneke born photographer and multi-media artist Hōhua, is one of two creatives behind Tautai x Link Alliance’s project the MOANA WALL

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Christopher is an artist of Samoan (Siumu, Falelatai, Safotu), Niuean and German, descent currently based in Pōneke.

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SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Shawnee Tekii describes the political element of her practice and how participation activates her work

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

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Introducing fashion and textile designer Rawiri Brown. His work aims to highlight the skilled craft and creative process of the medium.

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SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist and curator Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo gives us an insight into her work, which presents the moana as a site of connection.

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Fa’amele is a self taught artist, pacific contemporary jeweller and a maker of all things creative.

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SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Te Ara Minhinnick shares how her work helps her to learn more about her whakapapa and her whenua

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Michel is one of the very few professional Pasifika comic artists. With a growing international fanbase, he enjoys sharing his stories with people from all over the globe.

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SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Telly Tuita talks about the pride of seeing Pacific arts and artists flourishing in Aotearoa.

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Talofa lava! Introducing sound and video practitioner Salvador Brown.

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Melissa Gilbert, a multi-faceted creator, who taps into themes of identity, healing and spiritualism.

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Not all leaders are created equal. Tautai’s Courtney Sina Meredith is ensuring she leads by example. – The Big Idea

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Highlights from our SALTWATER / Interconnectivity opening held on Thursday 15 October at TAUTAI Gallery with our beautiful arts community and family!

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Fakaue lahi to everyone who came through to support, witness and celebrate an incredible exhibition SALTWATER / Interconnectivity. Check out photo’s from the opening here!

 

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Meet the Curators: Introducing the co-curators of our current exhibition, Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo and Giles Peterson!

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Performances: For Artweek 2020 Tautai will be showcasing three performances which highlight the essence of the current exhibition SALTWATER/Interconnectivity.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: First Nations digital artist and filmmaker Gutiŋarra was born deaf, his art represents a powerful and positive message of living with disability.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: The work of Te Ara Minhinnick centres around the alliances of people, space, and  place, stemming from her Ipu Karea – the ancestral homelands of her Iwi, Ngāti Te Ata.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: Shawnee Tekii uses art as a tool to create social engagement. Often tackling the political issues that surround the community.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: Peter Elavera’s style of work is a fusion of pop art, street graffiti art, elements and principles of graphic design, symbolism, patterns and fine arts.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: Samoan artist Katharine Losi is drawn to practices centred around healing and ritual, promoting the use of indigenous and creative methodologies.

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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: A Tongan multi-disciplinary artist never afraid to experiment and develop his practice, beautifully combining tradition with the contemporary.

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Tuafale’s practice aims to document and share community stories, generating a living archive. Her kaupapa has been described as one that is based on koha – often made with and gifted back to the communities she is engaged with.

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Keva has grown her brand Papa Clothing creating inclusive clothing that is inspired by the women in her family and their connections to the Pacific.

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Chris’s works have evolved over the years and still retain the essence of the vaka, the land and sea with flow movement, lines and form.

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Jasmine explores the concepts of the Pacific body and indigenous Samoan narrative through print, photography, moving image and tapa (Siapo) making.

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James explores how Moana artists position ourselves around decolonisationcan and reposition the trajectory to centre tipuna rather than colonisation.

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Follow Sani’s journey this week as he shares his residency experience and explores the challenges of lockdown through improvisation, experimentation and pure resilience.

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Cora-Allan Wickliffe talks about the revival of Niuean hiapo is a tradition that will be passed onto her children and the next generations to come.

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Mereani Qalovakawasa connects with us from Melbourne during this time of uncertainty and disruption, which is the everyday reality for many people living with chronic illnesses or disabilities.

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First Fridays August Photo Gallery

Check out the First Fridays August Photo Gallery here!

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Follow Lyncia’s Fale-ship journey this week as she explores the ways in which she improvises and creates movement at home instead of in the studio.

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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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Follow Elisabeth’s Fale-ship journey this week as she takes us behind the scenes of her incredible stop-motion clips and clever use of wordplay. 

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Israel Randell explains the concept behind her mahi and how it encourages the viewer to look into their past.

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Ahsin Ahsin talks about reconnecting with his fellow artists and what people might take away from his work and the exhibition.

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Follow Iata this week as he shares the visual language of hiapo through his incredible process of creating tatatau Niue during his Fale-ship residency!

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Watch Naawie Tutugoro speak about her work in Moana Legacy and how she carries her ancestors with her in her everyday life – 531pi

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First Fridays Aug 2020

Join us for an evening of inter-generational talanoa and performance featuring Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Naawie Tutugoro, Luc Tutugoro and Diggy Dupé hosted by Teokotai Paitai

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Talitali fiefia! Introducing the mother and daughter duo Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and their Fale-ship experience!

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Rangituhia Hollis reflects on the lockdown as a catalyst for making and what it means to be part of the show.

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Tautai Director Courtney Sina Meredith and other UoA Graduates tell us how they couldn’t have got their skills and careers with any other degree. – Re: News

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Israel Randell Denizen

The Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust has opened its first gallery space in central Auckland, dedicated to showcasing the works of contemporary Pacific creatives. – Denizen

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Natasha Ratuva Fale-ship

Follow Natasha Ratuva as she shares her home workspace, creative process and reflecton her Fale-ship experience.

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Re-opening its doors to the public since the Alert Level 4 lockdown, Tautai Pacific Arts Trust showcased their brand new gallery space last week. – Tagata Pasifika

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Naawie Tutugoro shares the story behind her work and her ongoing relationship with Tautai

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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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From kete and hiapo to MS Paint and neo-pop crocodiles, Tautai Gallery celebrates Pacific art in all its forms. – The Spinoff

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Watch Ahsin reflect on the realities of the arts sector and shares some wise words for budding artists – PMN Cook Islands

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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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Pacific and Oceanic peoples make up 16% of Auckland’s population – and that’s growing, rapidly. Our framework for thinking about what art is, and how it is made and shared is slowly starting to shift with that. – The Big Idea

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Hear more about our exhibition Moana Legacy from curator and artist Cora-Allan Wickliffe 

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Tautai Director Courtney Sina Meredith waxes lyrical about our niu era

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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: Ahsin Ahsin distills his imagination into his vibrant mural sized designs and multi-disciplinary practice

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Talia Smith | Moana Legacy

Moana Legacy: Artist, writer, and curator Talia Smith illustrates the vā through her photographic-based practice

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Israel Randell | Moana Legacy

Moana Legacy: Israel Randell’s creates spatial activations where one can experience Matauranga Māori

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Moana Legacy: Māori textile artist Gina Ropiha works primarily with found objects to convey her experience of indigneity

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Naawie Tutugoro | Moana Legacy

Moana Legacy: Waiheke-based artist Naawie Tutugoro uses pop-culture influences from childhood in her multi-media work

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Moana Legacy: Using unconventional methods of digital media, Rangi exhibits video and print works which are interactive and contemplative

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Moana Legacy: Mereani Qalovakawasa explores the complexities of living with Lupus and being a Pacific Islander

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Cora-Allan Wickliffe & Kelly Lafaiki | Moana Legacy

Moana Legacy: Sisters Cora-Allan and Kelly feature objects of memory that connect them to their grandfather

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Courtney Sina Meredith Viva 2020

Courtney Sina Meredith and Janet Lilo at home with VIVA

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

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Jasmine Togo-Brisby

Postcards Unlocked: Jasmine Togo-Brisby is an Australian South Sea Islander (Vanuatu) Multidisciplinary Artist

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Viktoria Johnson

Postcards Unlocked: Viktoria Johnson, a Māori–Niuean Designer

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Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Dan Taulapapa McMullin Q&A with CSM

Tautai Q&A: Talanoa with Tautai’s Director and Sāmoan artist and poet Dan Taulapapa McMullin

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Hannah Teipo
Fa’amele Etuale
Jimmy James Kouratoras
Florence Ulutunu
Mele Siniva Williams
Tautai Opening

Tautai Opening a ‘Dream’ for Pacific Art Community – Ocula

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Mua Strickson-Pua
Meleseini Luhama Tau'alupe
Tracey Tawhiao
Ahota'e'iloa Toetu'u
Contact Tautai

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Eric Soakai
Tyla Vaeau

Postcards Unlocked: Toka Valu is a Tongan illustrator and mixed media artist based in Seattle, Washington

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Israel Randell
Tusiata Avia Q&A

TAUTAI Q&A: Talanoa with Tautai’s Director and poet Tusiata Avia

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Sulieti Fieme'a Burrows
Cora-Allan Wickliffe

Postcards Unlocked: Anonymouz, New Zealand born, Sāmoan Creative Producer, Sound, Music, Video artist and Entrepreneur

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Natasha Ratuva
Ashleigh Taupaki Postcard
Postcards Unlocked

Postcards Unlocked: Digital postcards from Pasifika artists across Aotearoa and beyond

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TeRina Heeni Mana-Tukaha
Yuki Kihara
Sheena Taivairanga

Leafa Wilson aka Olga Krause, Sāmoan (Vaimoso & Siumu) Multimedia Performance Artist

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Kiana Rivera
Pascal Atiga

Etanah Fuimaono-Lalau, Sāmoan spatial multi-disciplinary artist

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TAUTAI Q&A: Talanoa with Tautai’s Director and artist Etanah Fuimaono-Lalau

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Kulimoe'anga Stone Maka

Sāmoan Producer Tanya Muagututi’a

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About Tautai

Tautai Logo Black 2020

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

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Natasha Matila-Smith selected as inaugural curator for CNZ Pacific Curator Residency in Australia 2020

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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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Notice of TAUTAI Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust Annual General Meeting

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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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Artist Spotlight: Ashleigh Taupaki

For her new work ‘Paradise’ displayed on Tautai’s outdoor exhibition space, Moana Wall, Ashleigh steps away from the comfort of her sculptural practice and shares writing and drawing on a large scale to envision her Nana’s experience as a migrant from Samoa.

“I guess what I’m trying to get across is that people who migrated here from the islands, they came here for a certain paradise and that’s not necessarily the case.” 

Ashleigh Taupaki

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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Chew Your Words: Photo Gallery

Take a look at our photo gallery from Jaimie Waititi’s public programme ‘Chew Your Words’

We were honoured to host Jaimie Waititi’s artist talk and manifesto launch of ‘ReMoanafication: Time is a space’.  

Ngā mihi to Jaimie and guest speaker Jessica Palalagi who facilitated an incredible korero about ReMoanafication / ReIndigenisation / ReMāorification – a repositioning for Moana artists to centre tīpuna as a form of reclaiming sovereignty.

Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery until September 25th.


Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery until September 25th.


For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

EVENT: Chew Your Words

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti | Public Programmes

Join us for an artist talk and publication launch for Jaimie Waititi’s ReMoanafication: Time is a space. Jaimie will explore and discuss ReMoanafication/ReIndigenisation/ReMāorification with a guest.

‘ReMoanafication’ is a repositioning for Moana artists to centre tīpuna as a form of reclaiming sovereignty. ReMoanafication: Time is a space is presented in two modes: on Tautai’s public Moana Wall on East Street; and, now, as a print and digital publication to be launched at this event.  


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WHERE: Tautai Gallery, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
WHEN: Thursday 15th July, 6:30pm
FREE Event – All Welcome! Food and drink provided.


Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery until September 25th.


For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

EVENT: Tā ina o le Tatau

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti | Public Programmes

Tyla Vaeau will be periodically presenting the art of tatau within the gallery space. These sessions are unscheduled, you may happen upon a session at any time throughout the duration of the exhibition. For this scheduled event, join a talanoa about the politics and perceptions of tatau. 

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WHERE: Tautai Gallery, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
WHEN: Saturday 14th August, 3pm
FREE Event – All Welcome! Food and drink provided.

EVENT: Kava-noa

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti | Public Programmes

Join Jasmine Tuiā accompanied by her good friend and artist Eric Soakai to sit, stitch and kava-noa. Kava-noa is a mix of kava and talanoa; “noa” also implies openness and balance.

Jasmine’s work Folau pea speaks of talanoa as a key element in her process of making. Talanoa remembers relationships to a time as well as people and place. Through this process, the collective is acknowledged in her work. Kava is a well-known Pacific beverage made out of kava roots, and used in ceremonies and group gatherings. In sharing kava with we create and Talanoa, we remember a space and time that helps us continue our individual and collective practices.

For this event, we will use fabric as an alternative to tapa. Like tapa, and other textiles, we can think of fabric as a time/memory capsule. We can stitch items, signs, objects or any subjects onto it, and it will become a tangible representation of your experience of a time and place. Participants are welcome to take their embroideries home or gift each other a piece after the workshop.

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WHERE: Tautai Gallery, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
WHEN: Friday 23rd July, 1pm – 3pm
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE, please book your place by emailing programmes@tautai.org

RNZ: Video Artist Christopher Ulutupu

Lynn Freeman asks Christopher Ulutupu why he’s so keen to involve his family in his videos

RNZ x Christopher Ulutupu

A series called New Kid in Town – Tiktok-type videos shot around Nelson’s tourism hotspots – is just one of the projects that video artist Christopher Ulutupu has roped in his extended family to create with him.

Now several of these works are currently on show or about to go up in five art galleries.

Of Samoan, Niuean and German descent, Chris creates work that makes us think about Pacific stereotypes and the impact of colonisation.

His day job sees him advocating for the arts as a way of supporting prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration.

Lynn Freeman asks Chris Ulutupu why he’s so keen to involve his family in his videos.

The New Kid in Town series is on at Tautai and also at Te Tuhi.  Both galleries are in Auckland.


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


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Artist Spotlight: Melissa Gilbert

Multidisciplinary artist, Melissa Gilbert shares her storytelling practice which she communicates through the performance of activation. She explains how her first activation she performed at Tautai during Artweek 2019 influenced her 2020 Fale-ship work, which is currently showing as part of the Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti exhibition

“During that performance I kind of had a bit of an out of body experience. The year after that activation, I kind of spent having a bit of a talanoa kind of trying to understand and verbalise that experience and that’s what came out of my Fale-ship.”

melissa gilbert

Video by NoSix


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


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Artist Spotlight: Jasmine Tuiā

Jasmine Tuiā discusses how the lockdown influenced her practice and bringing the online Fale-ship into the physical world. The use of materials from her home is reflected in her work ‘Folau Pea’ currently on show as part of ‘Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti’

“I didn’t have the materials here with me but I had access to my mum’s garden and my neighbours flowers. The lockdown forced me to be at home, to be with my family and just look at my surroundings and using what I have already and what I have access to.”

jasmine tuiā

Video by NoSix


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


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MWMP x VIVA

Photo by Isoa Kavakimotu

Check out Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti

Curated by the esteemed Nigel Borell, Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti, presented by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, will bring together nine local artists and their works, all produced during the 2020-2021 lockdowns.

Roughly translated to “from open seas to the shallow waters,” it’s a celebration of community, of innovation, and of the diversity of Pacific creatives. Saturday June 12 to September June 25. Open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday; 11am to 4pm, Saturdays. Tautai Gallery, 300 Karangahape Rd, central city, Auckland.

Head to VIVA Online for more


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


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The Big Idea: Busy times for Borell

Nigel Borell is opening his first exhibition since his headline-grabbing departure from Auckland Art Gallery, collaborating with Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust to show Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti from Saturday 12 June for the next three months

MWMP: The Big Idea
Melissa Gilbert, Atua Otua Kalou, 2020, (video still)

Translated to “from open seas to the shallow waters,” it brings together work developed by nine artists during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 lockdowns – all of whom participated in Tautai’s Fale-ship programme.

Read the full article here


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


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RNZ: Nigel Borell opens new exhibition in Auckland

The curator of one of Aotearoa’s largest ever exhibitions that saw over 300 pieces of contemporary Māori art on display now has a new exhibition opening in Auckland.

Photo by Te Aorewa Rolleston

Following his departure from the Auckland Art Gallery after the stunning success of Toi Tū Toi Ora, Nigel Borrell has collaborated with Tautai Gallery to present Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti – an exhibition from Tangata Moana, people of the pacific.

‘Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti’ represents works from nine out of 20 Auckland-based artists and is distinct as the artworks were created out of the experiences of the artists during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 lockdowns.

The 20 artists were part of a fale-ship, where they were encouraged and supported by Tautai to continue to pursue their creative paths, despite the adversity and separation of the lockdown period.

Borell said the fale-ship was an opportunity for the artists to navigate isolation while continuing to tell stories and share perspectives incubated during that time at home.

“It allows for that most vital of functions: supporting our artists and their art-making to be present and to have voice. And just like the unpredictable tides of this pandemic, it has also brought about new opportunities to create and contemplate,”

Nigel Borell

Listen to the full interview here
Read the full article here


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


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Radio Waatea: Lockdowns unleashed Pacific artist creativity

Works done by Māori and Pasifika artists during lockdown will be on show from tomorrow at Karangahape Road’s Tautai Gallery.

Radio Waatea: Moana Waiwai, Moana Pati
Christopher Ulutupu, Saltbaths, 2021

Curator Nigel Borell says the nine artists were supported during last year’s Covid lockdown with fellowships from Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, and it unleashed a burst or creativity.

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti includes film, digital image-making, painting, tatau, poetic prose, sonic landscapes and performance.

“I think the lockdowns have given artists creative licence to explore new ideas but also to make. The lockdowns were for some people quite welcomed because for artists who are sometimes quite introverted it was a great platform just to make and create unabated by the world around us,”

Nigel Borell

Listen to the full interview on Radio Waatea here


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


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Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti: Meet the Curator

Meet the Curator

Introducing Nigel Borell, curator of Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti !

Presenting artists from Tautai’s 2020 Fale-ship programme, Nigel highlights the diversity and dynamism of Pacific art and shows what can emerge when circumstances push you into unfamiliar places.

Video by NoSix

“Sometimes adversity can also create the circumstances to make things and to push you into places that you probably wouldn’t have gone if you didn’t have been prompted… it always creates a really interesting backdrop to do something exciting. To be unique, and to strive in directions that you might not necessarily go if you weren’t pushed to.”

– Nigel Borell


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


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Lue with DJ Linda T.

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti | Public Programmes

Tuāfale Tanoa’i aka DJ Linda T. will be activating her work Chasing Chaka during the exhibition. Come along and dance, move n’ lue to some classic beats! Check out what dates DJ Linda T. will be activating her work ➡️

💿✨ 🕺🏾

WHERE: Tautai Gallery, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
WHEN: 3-4pm
FREE Event – All Welcome!


Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti is on at Tautai Gallery until September 25th.


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Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti: Opening Night Video

Watch the highlights from the opening of Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti!

Video by NoSix


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


Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday – 11am – 4pm

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Moana Waiwai Moana Pāti: Opening Night Photo Gallery

Have a look at our photo gallery from the opening of Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti!

We want to congratulate the nine incredible artists Salvador Brown, Melissa Gilbert, Lyncia Müller, Tuāfale Tanoaʻi, Ashleigh Taupaki, Jasmine Tuiā, Christopher Ulutupu, Tyla Vaeau and Jaimie Waititi who are featured in the show, your creativity and talent is mind blowing! Also, to our wonderful curator Nigel Borell thank you for your vision, giving Fale-ships a niu life.

Ngā mihi to our Moana Wall partners, Link Alliance and to Reverend Mua Strickson Pua for blessing our space and being the MC for the evening. Malo lava to DJ Linda T. for providing the funky tunes we danced all night to!

It is the first time we have held a combined exhibition between Tautai Gallery and our outdoor space, the Moana Wall.

All photos by Isoa Kavakimotu

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


Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday – 11am – 4pm

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Meet the Artist: Tuāfale Tanoa’i

Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist,
Tuāfale Tanoa’i AKA Linda T.

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pati, Tuafale Tanoa'i

Tuāfale Tanoa’i AKA Linda T. is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau and is of Samoan descent (Lufilufi, Sasa’ai, Leauva’a). Using video, photography and DJ-ing, Tuāfale’s practice aims to document and share community stories. Her kaupapa has been described as one that is based on koha – often made with, and gifted back to, the communities she is engaged with. Tuāfale is widely recognised for her generous contributions to various community groups in Aotearoa through her rigorous and insightful work as a documenter since the early 1980s. In addition to her solo practice Tuāfale is a member of art collective D.A.N.C.E. art club.

Since 2018, Tuāfale has been engaged in an ongoing series of international adventures and residencies that form the basis of a long-term research interest. Her research looks at art, music and queer communities in response to their cultural and geographical environments. This body of work begins in the USA with Chasing Chaka, a three-week tour following influential women, people of colour and queer musicians across America.

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


Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday – 11am – 4pm

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Meet the Artist: Jasmine Tuiā

Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist,
Jasmine Tuiā

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pati, Jasmine Tuia

Jasmine Tuiā is a multidisciplinary practitioner who examines concepts of the Pacific body and indigenous Samoan narratives through mediums of photography, moving image and tapa (siapo) making. She is of Samoan descent (Matautu Lefaga, Falefa, Anoama’a and Malifa, Apia).

Jasmine’s practice is influenced by histories, conversations, and land cases from her village of Matautu Lefaga in Samoa. She explores the re-representation and reclamation of Pacific identity, as well as reinforcing the importance of indigenous Moana voices. Jasmine completed a BFA at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2019 and will be graduating with her MFA in September 2021.

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


Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday – 11am – 4pm

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Meet the Artist: Melissa Gilbert

Mālō e lelei! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist,
Melissa Gilbert

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pati, Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert is a multi-faceted storyteller who focuses on the constant talanoa of identity, connection and healing. Her work is heavily influenced by her ancestry based in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. Her broad practice ranges from painting and installation to moving image and live activation – her choice of medium based on the best mode of delivery in service of the work’s message.

Melissa produced new moving image work titled Atua Otua Kalou as part of her 2020 Tautai Fale-ship residency. The work responds to her initiation into live actiVĀtion, Claim Sanctuary, which she performed at Tautai as part of Auckland Art Week 2019. She spent a vigorous year of talanoa afterward to process the experience. As part of this approach, she explored ideas relating to shamanism and ritual from around the world, only to come to the conclusion that she needed to look towards home and to the Tā-Vā time-space theory. Atua Otua Kalou is the rendering of a conversation with ancestors within the realm of Tā-Vā.

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


Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday – 11am – 4pm

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Meet the Artist: Christopher Ulutupu

Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist,
Christopher Ulutupu

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pati, Christopher Ulutupu

Christopher Ulutupu is a video artist of Samoan (Falelatai, Siumu, Safotu), Niuean and German descent currently residing in Pōneke. He has an MFA from Massey University, Wellington and a Bachelor of Performance Design (Hons) from Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School.

Christopher’s art practice is autobiographical by nature and often reflects on personal relationships, experiences and ideas related to identity and belonging. He regularly collaborates with family, friends and untrained actors. His video and performance work explores landscape, the constructions of colonial narratives and experiences of Pacific diaspora. Through his work, Christopher seeks to re-contextualise stereotypical representations of Pacific people and offer new ways of exploring the effects of colonisation.

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


Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday – 11am – 4pm

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Meet the Artist: Jaimie Waititi

Tēna koe! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist, Jaimie (James) Waititi

Photo Pati Tyrell

Jaimie (James) Waititi (Te Whānau a Apanui, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) is a multidisciplinary, gender fluid artist who works within performance, regalia, lens-based media, image making, sound and installation. Their work explores the environment, racial and cultural politics and the gender and queer spectrum. They are obsessed with tipuna matāuranga (ancient Māori stories) and exploring these narratives through modern methods of storytelling. Jaimie is a member of SaVAge K’Lub, issheboys, Th3 Order and the Arts Laureate winning interdisciplinary collective FAFSWAG.

During their 2020 Tautai Fale-ship, Jaimie considered how Moana artists are positioned around decolonisation – and how they can reposition themselves to centre tīpuna, rather than colonisation. This repositioning, referred to as ReMoanification (or ReMāorification), is a form of reclaiming sovereignty and has become a central part of Jaimie’s practice.

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


Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday – 11am – 4pm

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Meet the Artist: Ashleigh Taupaki

Tēnā koe! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist,
Ashleigh Taupaki!

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pati, Ashleigh Taupaki

Ashleigh Taupaki is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores the connections between land, body and identity through indigenous Pacific and Māori concepts of space and place. Working primarily with hard materials, but also in photography, illustration and writing, Ashleigh creates work that manifests ideas of kaitiakitanga, tūrangawaewae and collaboration with natural resources. Her work is heavily informed by indigenous politics and writings, as well as mythological stories and histories connected to place.

Ashleigh is of Māori (Ngāti Hako) and Samoan (Matautu Lefaga, Vailoa) descent. She lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau. In 2020, she was awarded a Ngā Manu Pīrere Award from Creative New Zealand for her achievements as an emerging Māori artist. She has recently completed an MFA at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland.

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


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Meet the Artist: Salvador Brown

Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist,
Salvador Brown!

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pati, Salvador Brown

Born in Aotearoa and of Samoan and European descent, Salvador Brown is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Through his upbringing and his exposure to artmaking in all its forms, Salvador has a broad experience and knowledge of many art traditions, which include taonga pūoro, photography and videography, and most recently, sound work. His formative experiences have also been shaped via his participation with various movements including the Pacific Sisters and SaVĀge K’lub.

Career highlights include activations with the SaVĀge K’lub in London and as part of the 8th Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2015); workshop leader at Volkenkunde Museum Netherlands Maori Week with his London whanau Te Kohanga Reo o Rānana (2018); and Acti.VA.tor for In*ter*is*land Collective for the Oceania exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris (2019).

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti opens at Tautai Gallery
Friday 11 June!

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Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti runs from 12 June – 25 September at Tautai Gallery
Gallery Hours: 10am – 4pm (Tues – Fri)
11am – 4pm (Saturday)


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Meet the Artist: Tyla Vaeau

Talofa lava! Introducing the Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artist,
Tyla Vaeau!

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pati, Tyla Vaeau

Tyla Vaeau is a tatau practitioner, artist and researcher of Samoan (Salea’aumua and Safune) and Palagi descent, based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She has a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts and an MA in Art History from the University of Auckland, which focuses on Samoan tatau and its development within the Samoan diaspora. In 2009, Tyla began tattooing with machine with guidance from prolific tattoo artist Roger Ingerton of ‘Roger’s Tatoo Art’, Pōneke. She has gone on to participate in prominent cultural tattoo festivals locally and internationally, including the Traditional Tattoo and World Culture Festival, Mallorca, 2017 and Tatau I Mo’orea Festival, Tahiti, 2018.

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. She is an advocate who looks to contribute to the cultural continuum of tatau and is in the process of learning customary Samoan tatau under the teachings of renowned tufuga tatatau Su’a Sulu’ape Alaiva’a Petelo, Samoa.

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Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti runs till September 25th.


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Meet the Artist: Lyncia Müller

Mālō e lelei! Introducing the first of our Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti artists, Lyncia Müller!

Moana Waiwai, Moana Pati Lyncia Muller

Lyncia Müller is a Tongan (Nuku’alofa, Fatai, Lakepa) contemporary artist who is passionate about dance, theatre and exploring her cultural roots. She is a graduate from the Unitec Institute of Technology in Contemporary Dance and the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA). Lyncia has created dance and theatre works that have been performed at Basement Theatre, Pacific Dance Festival and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Lyncia has also worked with various artists and companies including Lisa Reihana, Auckland Theatre Company, Black Grace, Tupua Tufuga, Fasitua Amosa and LADI6.

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Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti runs till September 25th


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Photo Gallery: Pele Gillies Live at Tautai

One of our fantastic public programmes we hosted as part of Voyagers was Pele live in concert! It was a wonderful afternoon filled with fāmili, kai and music and it was great to see everyone come and support this remarkable young performer – we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Pele.

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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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Talanoa with Sulieti

During Sulieti’s kiekie masterclasses we asked her about how she learnt the skill of making kiekie and why it is important to pass on this knowledge.  

“I learnt to make kiekie from my mother. Growing up as a child I would follow her around and watch her when she would make things. The artworks that I know today I have learnt from my mother.” 

Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows

Malo lahi ‘aupito to our facilitator Lesinga Vaiaku, to Cecelia Taukapo for her translation and NoSix for putting this video together.  

Check out our virtual tour here

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Pele Gillies in Concert

Watch the highlights from Pele Gilles’ live concert at Tautai Gallery! It was a wonderful afternoon filled with fāmili, kai and music and it was great to see everyone come and support this remarkable young performer – we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Pele

This week is your last chance to see the Voyagers: The Niu World at Tautai Gallery! Make sure to come in between Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm or Saturday 11am – 4pm to get a glimpse of the magic!

Video by NoSix

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Virtual Tour – Voyagers: The Niu World

It’s been a pleasure to exhibit the magnificent work of Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies in their spectacular show Voyagers: The Niu World (at Tautai Gallery until 22 May).

If you haven’t had the opportunity to come and see the exhibition in person, check out our official gallery tour video created by NoSix.

This Saturday 15 May at 11am, Sulieti and Tui will be hosting an Artist Talk in the gallery, explaining their inspiration and processes behind each work. It will be your last chance to meet the artists in the space so make sure to be there!

Video by NoSix.

Artist Talk | Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies 
When: Saturday 15 May, 11am–12pm              
Where:
Tautai Gallery, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland  
FREE EVENT

Click the link to access a digital version of the Voyagers: The Niu World catalogue.

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Voyagers: Artist Talk

Join us for an incredible morning of talanoa and experience our current exhibition  Voyagers: The Niu World  with the show’s curators and artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies.  

Voyagers: Artist Talk
Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows at Tautai Gallery

A final chance to hear from these incredible artists and gain a deeper insight into their work as they discuss the process of developing the show.  Sulieti and Tui will take you on a journey through the gallery, explaining their art and the inspiration behind each piece.   

Sulieti and Tui will also treat us to a taste of making and working with tapa.   

One last chance to talanoa with these incredible women as we draw near to the final days of  Voyagers: The Niu World.  

Artist Talk | Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies 
When: Saturday 15 May, 11am–12pm              
Where:
Tautai Gallery, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland  
FREE EVENT

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Voyagers x WOMAN

Meet the mother-daughter artist duo creating a new Polynesian art style together

Voyagers x WOMAN
Photo by Luke Harvey courtesy of WOMAN Magazine

Mother-daughter artist duo Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies tell Garth Cartwright that, despite their differences, they’re cut from the same cloth.

From a South Auckland bungalow to international art galleries, mother and daughter Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies are achieving remarkable things with their tapa cloth paintings.

The art they co-create is both beautiful and ominous, reflecting as it does concerns close to all of us: family, Covid, cultural traditions, the Pacific environment, our pasts and futures.

To read the full story subscribe to WOMAN Magazine online or purchase a copy from your nearest retailer.


Voyagers – The Niu World is on at Tautai Gallery until May 22, 2021
Gallery Hours: 10am – 4pm (Tues – Fri)
11am – 4pm (Saturday)


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Pele Gillies live at Tautai

A performance not to be missed!

Pele Gillies live at Tautai

The artworks of Voyagers: The Niu World are a vivid celebration of intergenerational creativity. Mother and daughter artist team Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies created their stunning ngatu (tapa paintings) accompanied by the music of Tui’s son Pele Gillies, an extraordinary young pianist who provided constant inspiration.

Pele delighted and amazed those at the Voyagers: The Niu World opening, playing a selection of classical works and his own compositions. His talent on the piano took life amongst the artworks, representing the third generation involved in this creative enterprise – the music enhancing the connection to fāmili, bringing together the artistry of each family member – in isolation, together, a multi-layered connection of creativity, joy and imagination.

Join us on Saturday 8 May for an afternoon with Pele Gillies, as he treats us to a live piano performance, bringing his distinctive verve and zeal to the gallery. Gather your aiga for the opportunity to catch this budding young pianist and composer at the very dawn of what we know will be a remarkable life in the arts.

Head to the Facebook event page and click “going” to RSVP


Pele Gillies live at Tautai as part of VOYAGERS: The Niu World
When: Saturday 8 May, 2pm
Where: Tautai Gallery, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland
Light refreshments provided


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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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Kiekie Masterclass Round Up

What an incredible few weeks we have had at Sulieti’s Kiekie Masterclass!

Across two Saturdays, Sulieti hosted workshops on how to make Kiekie, a traditional Tongan garment to be worn around the waist. We learnt how to weave these adornments from scratch whilst enjoying beautiful kai, coffee and chit chat. Mālō ‘aupito to Sulieti for facilitating these masterclasses, to the participants and to our Ngāue ‘Ofa volunteers for all their help over the last two weeks!

We can’t wait to host more workshops in the future, watch this space!


Voyagers – The Niu World is on at Tautai Gallery until May 22, 2021
Gallery Hours: 10am – 4pm (Tues – Fri)
11am – 4pm (Saturday)


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Artists Spotlight: Tui Emma Gillies & Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows

Mother-daughter duo Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies, creators of Voyagers – The Niu World exhibition explain what inspires their unique tapa art. They discuss the effects of the global pandemic and the importance of family which are the central themes in their show.


“We’re voyaging through this pandemic and if we look back at our ancestors, they just jumped on these big vakas and they took off to destinations around the world that they had no idea what it’s going to be like. And so, for me I was looking at the pandemic and just thought wow, we’re like them.”

Tui Emma Gillies

Voyagers: The Niu World is on at Tautai Gallery till May 22


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Kiekie Masterclass

Over two exclusive, hands-on workshops, spend the morning with Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows MNZM and make your own kiekie.

Kiekie Masterclass

A longstanding cultural tradition that is unique to Tonga, kiekie are ornamental garments worn around the waist. Highly decorative and incorporating a variety of natural and manmade materials, kiekie are worn as a sign of respect and connect the wearer to ancestors and tradition.

Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows learnt nimamea’a from her mother and aunts when growing up Falevai in the Vava’u Island group of Tonga. Since moving to New Zealand as a young woman, Sulieti found, as did others in the Pacific diaspora, that traditional materials were not easily available and adapted to using what she could find here.

Using locally sourced materials, join Sulieti and learn to make your own kiekie in the setting of current exhibition Voyagers: The Niu World at Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust.This workshop takes place over two Saturday sessions – please make sure you’re available for both sessions before signing up. Limited spaces available.

To reserve your space phone (09) 375 1665 or email programmes@tautai.org
Head to the Facebook event page for more info.


Voyagers – The Niu World is on at Tautai Gallery until May 22, 2021
Gallery Hours: 10am – 4pm (Tues – Fri)
11am – 4pm (Saturday)


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Auckland Writers Festival

Tautai is proud to support the Auckland Writers Festival 2021

Auckland Writers Festival Curator: Pasfika Gina Cole has curated three sessions for the Talanoa Series, featuring some of Aotearoa’s pre-eminent Pasifika writers, poets and playwrights. Other sessions include crafted responses from invited writers to Tautai’s exhibition SALTWATER / Interconnectivity.

Find more info about the sessions below.

All sessions are free with no ticket required.

Tusiata Avia, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Kalo Mila - Auckland Writers Festival 2021

PASIFIKA MARAMA QAQA:
AVIA, MARSH, MILA

Friday 14th May 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30pm | Limelight Room

Oceanic women have always been creators – weaving lives into pandanus mats, printing knowledge onto masi and tapa, bearing tatau memory on skin, weaving words in boundless talanoa. A triumph of preeminent Pasifika women – Ockham NZ Book Awards shortlisted Tusiata Avia (The Savage Coloniser Book)Selina Tusitala Marsh (Mophead Tu) and Ockham longlisted Karlo Mila (Goddess Muscle) – come together to discuss the preoccupations that infuse their incredible new books. Grace Iwashita-Taylor leads this conversation on whakapapa, culture and Te-Moana-nui-a-Kiwa as its threaded through their pages.

Talu mei tuai ‘a e nima mea‘a ‘a e kakai fefine ‘o e ‘Ōseni Pasifikí – ‘I he‘enau lālanga ‘o e mo‘uí ki ha ngaahi fala lou‘akau, tā ‘a e kupesi ‘o e ‘iló ki he masí mo e ngatú, hilifaki ‘i he kilí ha ngaahi tātatau ‘o e manatú, lālanga ‘o e ngaahi leá ki ha talanoa tuputupu‘a. Ko ha ikuna ‘eni ma‘á e kakai fefine ‘iloa ‘o e Pasifikí – ‘oku fakatahataha mai ai ‘a Tusiata Avia (The Savage Coloniser Book)Selina Tusitala Marsh (Mophead Tu) pea mo Karlo Mila (Goddess Muscle) – ke talatalanoa‘i ‘a e ngaahi fakalaulaulotoa ‘oku tuifio atu ‘i he‘enau ngaahi tohi laulōtaha fo‘oú. ‘Oku tataki ‘e Grace Iwashita-Taylor ‘a e talanoá ni fekau‘aki mo e whakapapa, ngaahi ‘ulungāanga fakafonuá mo e Te-Moana-nui-a-Kiwa ‘o hangē ko ia kuo filohi atu ‘i he ngaahi peesi ‘o ‘enau fa‘u tohí.

Katharine Losi, Amber Esau, Rosanna Raymond, Jaimie Waititi - Auckland Writers Festival 2021

SALTWATER PEOPLE

Friday 14th May | 3:30 – 4:30pm | Herald Theatre

“We sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood,” said the late scholar, poet and activist Teresia Teaiwa. These evocative words became a reference point for Tautai Gallery’s recent exhibition SALTWATER/ Interconnectivity in which the gallery was transformed by co-curators Katharine Losi and Giles Peterson to embody the Moana worldview – exploring questions of justice, equity and identity. Losi is joined by three other invited writers – Amber EsauRosanna Raymond and Jaimie Waititi – to craft written responses to the exhibition, which they present for the first time.

Selina Tusitala March, David Eggleton - Auckland Writer Festival 2021

HOLDING THE TOKOTOKO: EGGLETON & MARSH

SAP SE ʻḀI TOK HE TA : EGGLETON MA MARSH

Saturday 15th May 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30pm | Wāitakere Room

What is the job of a Poet Laureate, and is it more complicated for those that “walk in and out of several worlds each day” as the United States’ Laureate of Native American descent Joy Harjo so eloquently puts it? Aotearoa’s first Pasifika Poet Laureate, Selina Tusitala Marsh, joins the current and second Pasifika writer to hold the tokotoko, David Eggleton, for a discussion on poetry and power, private and public writing, and his new collection The Wilder Years.

Ka tes ta garue ʻon famorit ne sap se fuḁg teʻis Poet Laureate ka te ka la noanoa seʻ se iris ne ʻmåürʻåk ʻe ta kḁinag måür tūtū his ʻe teʻ ne terḁniʻ – teʻis fäeag ʻon Joy Harjo, leʻet ʻe tör ʻon kakḁi mumuḁ ne Mereke ne pō tapeʻ ma ʻe fuḁg teʻis United States Laureate.
Leʻ Pasefiḁk mumuet ne pō ʻe fuḁg teʻis Poet Laureate ʻe Niu Sirḁgi Selina Tusitala Marsh, la teagʻesea ma leʻet ne teʻis sap se fuḁg ta ʻe ʻon ʻi heteʻ, ka täe ʻon ruḁ ne leʻet ʻe famör Pasefika ne sap se fuḁg teʻis, David Eggleton, la hḁifäegag ʻe rēko ʻamnåk teʻis “poetry and power”, fåʻ tē ne hünʻåk se ʻot mḁuri ne fåʻ ʻe rēko måür ofrḁu, ma la iofʻåk tapeʻ ma se ʻon garue foʻou teʻis The Wilder Years.

Oscar Knightley, Victor Rodger - Auckland Writers Festival 2021

FALE AITU: KIGHTLEY & RODGERS

Sunday, 16th May | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Wāitakere Room

Many ancestral currents, past and present, carried Pasifika peoples from Te-Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa to Aotearoa. Whilst each Pacific identity is unique, experiences of migration, colonialism, and courage are shared, and vividly expressed in a thriving performance scene. Pasifika playwrights Oscar Kightley and Victor Rodger are just two of the many whose work reflect the Pasifika migrant spirit and the relationships with Māori as tangata whenua. How are the multiple waka of Pasifika theatre navigating current global storms, and what does the future hold? They share their thoughts with Lana Lopesi.

O le tele o folauga i vaitaimi ua tuanai e oo mai i le asō, na folau mai ai tagata Pasifika mai le Te-Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa seia taunuu mai i Aotearoa. E tofu lava atumotu o le Pasifika ma lona faasinomaga, ma e ui i le eseese o nei faasinomaga, o talaaga i femalagaiga, faiga faakolone, ma le loto toa o tagata Pasifika, ua mafai ona faasoa ma faamatala manino i se faaaliga maoa‘e ma matagofie. O tusitala i faaaliga faa- Pasifika, le susuga Oscar Kightley ma Victor Rodger o nisi o tomai mai le toatele o tusitala, ma o loo atagia i a la galuega le agaga o tagata folau mai le Pasifika ma le sootaga ma Māori o tagata o le laueleele. O faapefea i le tele o sā o le Pasifika ona faatautaia folauga i matagi malolosi i le taimi nei, ma o le ā se taunuuga o loo agai atu i ai i le lumanai? Na faasoa o la manatu ma Lana Lopesi.


Auckland Writers Festival 2021

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Voyagers Opening: Highlights Video

Watch Voyagers – The Niu World
Opening Night Highlights Video

Mālō lahi ’aupito to everyone who came the opening of Voyagers – The Niu World!

Thank you to everyone who made this night so special. We are so blessed to work alongside such talented artists and to receive endless support from our amazing community.  

Shout out to our content creators NoSix for capturing the essence of the evening in this video!


Voyagers – The Niu World is on at Tautai Gallery until May 22, 2021
Gallery Hours: 10am – 4pm (Tues – Fri)
11am – 4pm (Saturday)


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New Staff Announcement

Tautai is thrilled to announce that we have two new members in our Tautai Aiga!

Tautai Team at the Voyagers – The Niu World Opening, Mile and Sam pictured on the right

Mile Fane – Public Programmes Manager

Mile Fane (she/her) is a young Afakasi actress and creative currently residing in Tāmaki Makaurau. She was born and raised in Aotearoa, in a family which was immersed in the arts. Mile has had a deep and long-standing relationship with the arts industry and in particular the Pacific Arts community. She is passionate about providing spaces for young creatives to feel elevated and believes that now more than ever we need to be supporting and uplifting the voices of young BIPOC artists across all disciplines, artists see the world a little differently and provide an outlet for people to make sense of the world in all it’s craziness. 

Sam McKegg – Communications Advisor

Sam McKegg (she/her) is a writer, publicist and communications professional who has worked in promoting and publicising arts, culture and creative industries in Aotearoa for almost a decade. She has formerly held communications roles at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and with production company Natural History New Zealand. Sam is passionate about uplifting and supporting contemporary art and artists through her mahi.

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Photo Gallery: Voyagers – The Niu World

Mālō lahi ‘aupito to everyone who came through to support the opening of Voyagers: The Niu World. 

Check out the photo gallery below!

We want to acknowledge the creativity of Tui and Sulieti, who’s beautiful mahi fills the space, highlighting the journey of our ancestors, and putting family at the forefront of everything they do.  

Fa’afetai lava to Reverend Mua Strickson Pua for blessing our space and being the MC for the evening.  

Thank you to Pele for sharing your incredible talent, we look forward to seeing it grow and develop. Also to the Heilala group for their tau’olunga faka’ofa’ofa mo mālie.  

Mālō to 8 Roses Catering for the delicious kai, Hallertau for the beers, and all those who helped us to manaaki our community.  

A big thank you to No Six for capturing the evening, including these awesome photos by Isoa Kavakimotu, watch this space for more of their mahi!  

We are so happy we could finally share this exhibition with you, thank you for your support.   

Mālō lahi ‘aupito,  
Tautai Team 

All photographs by Isoa Kavakimotu


Voyagers – The Niu World is on at Tautai Gallery until May 22, 2021
Gallery Hours: 10am – 4pm (Tues – Fri)
11am – 4pm (Saturday)


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Meet the Artist: Pele Gillies

Mālō e lelei! Introducing VOYAGERS: The Niu World opening night performer Pele Gillies! 

Meet the Artist: Pele

A baby-grand piano will be situated within the exhibition space for the duration of Voyagers: The Niu World. The piano represents an intergenerational connection to Tui Emma Gillies’ son, Pele Gillies, whose piano playing provided a soundtrack during the production of many of the tapa in this exhibition. 13-year-old Pele is a relative newcomer to performance, having had his first piano lesson in September 2019. He quickly fell in love with piano and classical music and enjoys hunting out new obscure compositions to learn and play. Hear Pele play an original composition at the exhibition opening this Friday!

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

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Tertiary Tour: Voyagers

Tertiary Tour: Voyagers

Si’oto’ofa! 

Tautai invites all tertiary students to experience our current exhibition
VOYAGERS: The Niu World with the show’s curators and artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies. Learn about the process of developing the show, get to know the artists and gain a deeper insight into their works. It will also be a chance to talanoa with the artists and other students.

WHEN: Thursday 25 March 2021, 11am
WHERE: Tautai Gallery, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Rd
Light refreshments provided

Head to our Facebook event page and click ‘going’ to RSVP

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Meet the Artists

Mālō e lelei! Introducing VOYAGERS: The Niu World  curators and artists Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows!

Voyagers - The Niu World

The mother-daughter duo are presenting the first show at Tautai Gallery for 2021! They are Tongan artists who specialise in tapa, their work is known for its distinctive and contemporary motifs whilst honouring and faithful to the traditional methods and practices of their ancestors. Together they have exhibited at galleries and museums throughout Aotearoa and across the globe. Their solo exhibition at Tautai Gallery will feature a range of works created during lockdown and a variety of new pieces. 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.

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

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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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Oceania Internship Applications

Applications Closed for 2021

Creatives practicing across all disciplines that are interested in developing and perfecting their industry knowledge and skills are invited to apply!

Applicants must have a tertiary qualification and/or a minimum of three years continuous arts industry experience.

Click here for more information about the internship.

“The internship programme really helped define what I wanted to do in the arts…the programme is a bridge that helps put together that gap that we have between studying and the arts industry.”

Ufitia Sagapolutele
Tautai Intern 2018

These internships provide fantastic paid industry experience for five Pacific arts practitioners across the motu.

Ufitia Sagapolutele was an Oceania intern in 2018 and has since been involved with Tautai as a guest performer at gallery openings and facilitated educational public programmes such as Fresh Horizons.

You don’t want miss out on this incredible opportunity! Applications close March 19 2021.

Apply Now!

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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 12 March 2021, 11:45am

On 12 March, 12pm, Auckland is moving into Alert Level 1. We are adhering to government guidelines around Covid-19 at this level. 

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. 
  • All visitors must scan the QR code upon entry or fill out the sign-in sheet. We suggest downloading the COVID-19 Tracer App if you haven’t already. 
  • Please practice good hygiene and use hand sanitiser when visiting Tautai. We encourage you to wear a mask if you wish to do so. Both masks and hand sanitiser are provided at the door if needed. 
  • Please be safe when visiting our gallery, practice social distancing with other visitors not in your bubble and with our staff.

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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

Host Expression of Interest

Applications for the Tautai Oceania Internship Programme are closing March 19.


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.

Click here for more information about the internship.

“The programme is definitely relevant for the arts sector in Aotearoa, it’s necessary for the future and the growth of our Pacific arts and our wider arts in general”

– Leki Jackson Bourke, Tautai Oceania Intern 2018


These internships provide fantastic paid industry experience for five Pacific arts practitioners across the motu.

Leki Jackson Bourke was an Oceania intern in 2018 and he has since been involved with Tautai as a guest speaker at intern alumni events and First Fridays.

First Fridays October 2019, Leki Jackson Bourke reads his play 'Inky Pinky Ponky' with Petmal Lam and Gaby Solomona
First Fridays October 2019, Leki Jackson Bourke reads his play ‘Inky Pinky Ponky’ with Petmal Lam and Gaby Solomona


You don’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity!
Applications close March 19 2021.

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Voyagers – The Niu World: Meet the Curators

Meet the Curators and Artists of Voyagers: The Niu World 

Introducing the mother/daughter duo Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows

Together they have created an intergenerational exhibition which reflects on navigating a changed world in the midst of a pandemic. 

Video by NoSix


The opening of Voyagers – The Niu World has been postponed due to alert level 3 in Tāmaki Makaurau.


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Voyagers x 531PI

TUI EMMA GILLIES – Change of alert levels affects exhibition at Tautai Gallery

Voyagers x 531PI
Tui Emma Gilles exclusive interview on 531PI

Eteuati Eteuati talks with Tui Emma Gillies about how the latest Covid19 alert level changes has affected her and her mothers exhibition which was to open in Auckland’s Tautai gallery tomorrow night, Friday 19 February 2021


Listen to the full interview here

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Voyagers x The Big Idea

What Latest COVID Level Changes Mean to the Arts

Voyagers x The Big Idea
Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows

In light of Auckland’s level 3 lockdown from February 14 2021, a number of art shows and festivals are coming to a grinding halt once again.

The timing is certainly not great – and definitely a little ironic – for Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust’s next exhibition, Voyagers: The Niu World by New Zealand-based, Tongan mother-daughter combo Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows. 

The Big Idea

Read the full article here

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Voyagers x PMN News

Tongan artists’ exhibition navigates the ‘Niu’ world on tapa

Voyagers x PMN News
Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows & Tui Emma Gillies, Voyagers 2020

Voyagers: The Niu World showcases a collection of tapa artworks by award-winning Tongan artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and her daughter Tui Emma Gillies. 
Their collection was created during and after lockdown and reflects on the idea of navigating a changed world in the midst of a pandemic.


“We’re all voyaging at the moment through rough waters because we don’t know what our destination is going to be at the end of it,”

Tui Emma Gillies

Read the full article here

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Voyagers x RNZ

Tongan tapa-making in a lockdown bubble

Voyagers x RNZ
Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows & Tui Emma Gillies, Fāmili 2020

Sulieti and Tui chat to Lynn Freeman about the Coronavirus era and the way in which the word “bubble”  has come to mean safety and sanctuary.  But can bubbles also be cages, forcing families apart?
This is one of the ideas explored by mother and daughter, New Zealand-based Tongan ngatu or tapa artists.


Listen to the full interview here

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Voyagers x Stuff

Mother-daughter team to open Pacific art gallery with lockdown journey on tapa art 

Tautai x Stuff
Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and her daughter Tui Emma Gillies’s Voyagers: The Niu World will be exhibited at the Tautai Pacific Art Gallery at Karangahape Rd in Auckland’s CBD

Sulieti and Tui sit down with Stuff’s Auckland Pasifika Affairs Reporter Torika Tokalau to share some insight into their upcoming exhibiton, Voyagers – The Niu World opening at Tautai Gallery soon!


“So to have it away from that traditional setting but still including it, and having it in a contemporary space – this is from the islands, from our ancestors – it’s saying that we belong up there too.

Tui Emma Gillies

Read the full story here

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Artist Spotlight: Hōhua Ropate Kurene and Natasha Ratuva

Moana Wall artists Hōhua Ropate Kurene and Natasha Ratuva talk about what connects us Moana people. They discuss the various methods and mediums they used to convey their understanding of space, whakapapa, diaspora and much more…

“As diaspora, you know our ancestors would navigate the seas by sailing but now we navigate these seas through aeroplanes… so we were thinking about that feeling when you get off the plane and you see your island or your whenua/vanua from the aeroplane window and you get off and it’s that feeling, that first breath you take when you step onto your land and it’s deep from the stomach, deep from the puku. It’s that sense of relief or joy or sometimes even pain or hurt, and we wanted to mimic that.”

Natasha Ratuva

The Moana Wall is located on East St, just down the road from Tautai Gallery. Their work ‘Inside the waves are Ocean bodies’ will be on display until May 2021!


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MEDIA RELEASE | New exhibition at Tautai Gallery presents artists’ perspective on COVID-19 through tapa art

Voyagers x PMN News
Tui Emma Gillies, Voyagers, 2020

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust presents Voyagers: The Niu World, a new exhibition by New Zealand-based, Tongan artists Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows, opening Saturday 20 March.

Sulieti and Tui are a mother/daughter duo who specialise in ngatu or tapa art. They explore contemporary issues through their practice of tapa painting, which is embedded in the roots of the medium and ancestors who practiced before them. For Voyagers: The Niu World, they present a collection of tapa created during and after the COVID-19 lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand and reflect on the idea of navigating a changed world that is in the midst of a pandemic.

Tui Emma Gillies says, “During lockdown, my mum, Sulieti, came up from Auckland and stayed with me at my home in Kawakawa. We used the opportunity to reflect on lockdown – on the ‘Niu World’ we found ourselves in. We worked everyday making tapa in my studio, often accompanied by the sound of my son Pele playing on the piano. How did Pacific Islanders deal with isolation? The answer is simple: Fāmili.”

“That’s why we’ve asked my son Pele to play at the exhibition opening. He has only been playing for just over a year, but his practice was a constant and inspirational soundtrack while we worked on these pieces. He also represents a third generation of our family involved in this exhibition. Pele has composed a new work specially for the opening and we are transporting his baby grand piano from Kawakawa to Auckland so he can play it at Tautai,” says Tui.

Voyagers
Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows & Tui Emma Gillies, Fāmili 2020

Voyagers: The Niu World will include work depicting faces wearing tapa-patterned masks, families together in lockdown, three new 1.8-metre-wide paintings that present images of navigation and journey and two larger ngatu.

Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows says, “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 who are navigating the ‘Niu World.’”

Tautai Director, Courtney Sina Meredith says, “We are beginning 2021 at Tautai by looking back at the year that has been through the work and experiences of two amazing artists, Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies. Sulieti and Tui create unique, collaborative works that embody the connection between generations, and with ancestors, through a medium with a rich history.”

Voyagers: The Niu World has been supported by Creative New Zealand.

Exhibition details:

Voyagers: The Niu World
Exhibition Preview: Friday 19 March at 6.00pm
Exhibition Runs: Saturday 20 March – Saturday 22 May 2021
Tautai Gallery, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central
Open 11am–4pm, Tuesday–Saturday

For further information, high-res image request and interviews, contact media@tautai.org

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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 now closed for 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 has now ended.


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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


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FALE-SHIP: Ioane Ioane

Fale-ship | Ioane Ioane
Fale-ship | Ioane Ioane

Talofa lava! Introducing Ioane Ioane!

Samoan | Magiagi, Faatoia Upolu and Puapua Savai’i
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa
@ioaneioanenz

Ioane is a Samoan multi-disciplinary artist living in Tāmaki Makaurau. His work is informed by his Samoan heritage and includes performance, film, painting, installation and sculpture. Ioane has won a number of significant arts awards throughout his career and his works are held in both private and public collections.

“I would describe my works or my mahi as things that occur in the space between. We all have or desires and fears and aspirations and challenges and when you go to exhibition you only see the glamour bit of it… but there’s a lot of discipline, hard work, hard mahi and sacrifices that goes in the lives of artists and that’s good to share that with people.”

Ioane Ioane
https://youtu.be/GbmmHkvQPeE

The concept surrounding Ioane’s Fale-ship is the significance of the Pe’a and Malu. In addition to this, the importance of one’s aiga. During his Residency his niece received her Malu and his mother celebrated her 90th birthday. Ioane documented these notable events to convey how they have informed his creative process throughout the weeklong Residency.

“The Malu and Pe’a are symbolically linked to the mental and spiritual welfare/health of Samoans. The constellation of stars of the malu and the vessel of the pe’a births the holistic matrix of life.”

IOANE IOANE

Watch Ioane’s short film which takes us on a personal journey into his life as an artist, father, uncle and loving son. He records his artistic process, from early sketches to the final product. We see beautiful images from his niece’s malu ceremony in Samoa, one of the people he has dedicated his Fale-ship to. Ioane also includes a mini vlog of his week, from exercising to spending time with his loved one’s and planning his mother’s 90th – to whom he also dedicated his Residency to.

https://youtu.be/GRYZM-DnmC8

Q+A Talanoa

Ioane and Lonnie sit down and talk in depth about what inspires him and his work.

https://youtu.be/AJigFD3p4Us

Lonnie “What is inspiring you right now?”

Ioane“Would be my mother. But she’s always been a support, supporting mechanism for me and my brothers… so a lot of the mahi that I am doing, like I was talking to you about the concept of the malu. I see the malu as a constellation of stars that guide the waka and the waka is symbolic of our men who have the helm of it tattoed on their body, the pe’a. So the men are the waka and they need the stars to guide them towards their destination. Our mother was like that for us and still is.”

Talanoa Q+A facilitated by:
LONNIE HUTCHINSON
Multi-disciplinary artist
Samoan | Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri and Ngāi Tahu)
Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa
@lonnadonna

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity: Artist Talk

Throwback to our Artist Talk with some of the artists and curators of our current SALTWATER / Interconnectivity exhibition.

Malo lahi ‘aupito and nga mihi nui to everyone who came along, Tenkyu to our curators Giles Peterson and Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo and amazing artists Telly Tuita, Te Ara Minhinnick and Katharine for sharing with time and space with us.


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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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FALE-SHIP: Ashleigh Taupaki

Fale-ship | Ashleigh Taupaki
Ashleigh Taupaki | FALE-SHIP

Kia ora koutou! Introducing Ashleigh Taupaki

Ashleigh is multi-disciplinary artist who specializes in sculpture. Raised in West Auckland, she now lives and works in Wellington. Ashleigh is currently studying a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, and primarily makes hard material sculptures that respond to indigenous Pacific concepts of space and place. Ashleigh also does a lot of photography, drawing, and writing that often gets left in the research pile, but it is vital to her practice because it is a raw and felt documentation of the stories and places she encounters.


Ashleigh takes us on a journey through her various previous works and exhibitions. She also shares images from Ranui, where she was going to carry out her Residency before she relocated to Pōneke. We gain an insight into the types of materials and ideas Ashleigh channels in her practice.

“This project was about loss of cultural memory and recognition through migration and its subsequent intergenerational acculturation, but also sought to highlight the importance of intergenerational connections and oral tradition within Samoan culture to reimagine and recollect that which has been lost.”

Ashleigh Taupaki

Ashleigh’s final works from her Fale-ship:

Each drawing is partnered with a poem except the hibiscus poem. These works are about recapturing the stories and talanoa she exchanged with her grandmother during lockdown, she listened to her grandmother describe the plants and she drew what she imagine. These works emphasize the importance of intergenerational connections and oral traditions ingrained in Samoan culture.


Q+A Talanoa with Ashleigh and Naawie

Ashleigh and Naawie sit down to chat about the importance of oral histories to Pacific peoples and how it has influenced her art practice 


Naawie: “When your Fale-ship Residency is eventually launched online what would you like people to take away from your work?” 

Ashleigh: “I guess just helping people understand how important Pacific oral traditions are to Pacific peoples.” 

Ashleigh Online:
@ashleigh.taupaki

Q+A Talanoa facilitated by:  
NAAWIE TUTUGORO 
Multi-disciplinary artist 
Kanak, Anglo-Argentine, Pākeha & Mystic | Poindimé (New Caladonia) 
Waiheke Island, Aotearoa 
IG: @astonishing_coco_puff 
FB: Naawie Tutugoro 

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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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FALE-SHIP: Tyla Vaeau

Fale-ship | Tyla Vaeau
Tyla Vaeau | Fale-ship

Talofa lava! Introducing Tyla Vaeau!

Samoan
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa
IG: @tylatatau

Tyla is a tatau practitioner, known for her unique ability to combine the contemporary with the traditional in her art. She emphases the importance of talanoa when it comes to her practice, her tattoos are more than just pictures, they symbolise one’s background and their identity. For Tyla, tatau is everything that is important to her such as art, family, community and history all in one. Tyla is widely renowned for her practice and is the first fafine to have been gifted the ‘au, a customary tatau tool.


Get an insight into Tyla’s tatau process, she explains the importance of talanoa and how working from home has brought a deeper meaning to her practice. She shares with us some images from her home sessions.

“Moving tatau “back” home has felt like an important move forward. The significance of place has also been evident as the many Pasifika families that come to receive tatau at our fale share their connection to Grey Lynn, a suburb that has a rich Moana history.”

Tyla Vaeau

Fale-ship Tatau Portrait Series

Part 1: Annalina Crosbie
Elisefoe, Upolu

Annalina shares her experience of receiving tatau from Tyla!

“My dad was born in the village of Elisefoe in the island of Upolu, Samoa, which is where my nana, his mother, is from. This is where the Tusitala family is from, which is my father’s last name & my middle name. My Pa (grandfather) is from the village of Fugalei just outside of Apia on the island of Upolu, Samoa.

Me and my aiga have a special bond – one that I treasure the most in this world. They are the first people I run to with good news and bad news, the first people I want to share my success with, and the best people to laugh with. They are my strength and the reason that I am who I am. I got my tatau to acknowledge this, and to carry me forward – chest first – into my journey ahead. My Grandparents and I had a really special relationship too. Both were battling cancer for years before they passed, Nana in 2009 & Pa in 2018, just days before my birthday. To have the same markings on my chest that were on Pa’s Pe’a as well as markings for my Nana somewhat grounds me. It makes me feel whole. I am a result of how my aiga have loved and nurtured me, and this tattoo reminds me daily that I can achieve anything with my village behind me.

Fa’afetai lava Tyla for revealing my markings. They mean more to me than words can express.”

Part 2: Saskia Strand-Saseve
Lotofaga and Apia

Saskia explains to Tyla the many meanings behind her tatau.

“My tatau represents the strength I have found through other wxmen, while also representing and reminding me of my ancestors, and their strength, power and traditions.”

Part 3: Hiram Fa’alia Vaeau
Salea’aumua, Safune

Hiram describes how his tatau has changed and expanded over the years.

“My sleeve tatau represents my connection to my aiga and culture. It started as a taulima by Tyla and grew to cover my arm over a few years, as my sleeve expanded so did my appreciation for tatau and my want to understand more about my Samoan heritage. The sleeve was completed when Tyla ka’d my hand using the ‘au, to receive these markings from my older sister makes it even more significant. I am proud of the work she is doing and feel fortunate to be on this journey with her, working alongside her in our family studio.”


Q+A Talanoa with Tyla and Leafa

Leafa: “When you’re tattooing…do you feel the hand of your ancestors?”


Tyla: “Yeah, I definitely…when I’m tattooing I know that I’m not working alone… especially when I’m working with the traditional tools.”

Q+A Talanoa facilitated by:
LEAFA WILSON
Performance artist/ Curator/Art Writer/ Director – Olga
Sāmoan | Gafa: Vaimoso/Siumu/Fasito’otai
Hamilton, Aotearoa
IG: @bungaswehr | @olgaartspace 


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Moana Wall x 531pi

Natasha and Hōhua talk about their epic 60m site-specific artwork ‘Inside the wave are ocean bodies’, the first exhibition to be shown on the Moana Wall.

Video by 531pi
Published online 3 December 2020 (source)

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Presenting: MOANA WALL

Witness the connection between artists Hōhua Kurene and Natasha Ratuva and how that collaboration translated into an epic 60m site-specific work Inside the wave are ocean bodies, curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe.

“We had to look inward, into our anatomy, into our limbs, into our breathing, into our organs and you’ll see that on the wall.” – Hōhua Kurene


Inside the waves are ocean bodies by Natasha Ratuva & Hōhua Kurene is on show until April 2021 at the Moana Wall


Video by: No Six

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Meet the Artist: Natasha Ratuva

Natasha Ratuva

Raised in Fiji, multi-media creative Natasha is one of the two artists behind Tautai x Link Alliance’s MOANA WALL

Titled Inside The Wave Are Ocean Bodies will be the first mural displayed on the Moana Wall by Hōhua Ropate Kurene and Natasha Ratuva. Curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe, this piece will be able to be viewed from the East St Hoardings from
4 December 2020 – April 2021

MOANA WALL | NATASHA RATUVA
Photograph by Hōhua Ropate Kurene, 2020

Ni sa bula vinaka, Natasha Ratuva (her/she) is an Indigenous digital artist and creative from Naioti, Kadavu and Bua on her maternal side. She was born and raised in Fiji and came to Tāmaki in 2012. Natasha is honoured to work in Aotearoa and celebrates her ancient ties to tangata whenua as Moana peoples. Creating as an unconquerable sum of both beautiful lineages, she is eternally grateful for her place amongst her ancestors past, present and future that are constantly referred to in her creative work. Natasha gives a special vinaka vakalevu to her parents and brothers Joji and Jone, who she learns from everyday and together share in the feast of their ancestral knowledge.

Natasha Online:
Instagram: dotnut2014

More Information:
MOANA WALL, 4 December 2020 – April 2021

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Meet the Artist: Hōhua Ropate Kurene

Hōhua Ropate Kurene

Pōneke born photographer and multi-media artist Hōhua, is one of two creatives behind Tautai x Link Alliance’s project the
MOANA WALL

Titled Inside The Wave Are Ocean Bodies will be the first mural displayed on the Moana Wall by Hōhua Ropate Kurene and Natasha Ratuva. Curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe, this piece will be able to be viewed from the East St Hoardings from
4 December 2020 – April 2021

MOANA WALL | Hohua Kurene
Photograph by Hohua Kurene, 2020

Talofa Lava, Hōhua Ropate Kurene (he/him) is a queer Indigenous artist specialising in photography, multimedia design & creative writing. He is of mixed Samoan, Māori & Afro-European heritage. Originally born in Porirua, Hōhua was raised in his Father’s village Luatuanu’u Samoa, and later in his Mother’s birthplace Ōtautahi, Aotearoa. Hōhua currently calls Tāmaki Makaurau his home under the guidance of his Arts Aiga the Fafswag Arts Collective and wider Tāmaki Whanau. 

Hōhua Online:
Instagram: hohua

More Information:
MOANA WALL, 4 December 2020 – April 2021

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FALE-SHIP: Christopher Ulutupu

Fale-ship | Christopher Ulutupu
Christopher Ulutupu | Fale-ship

Talofa lava! Introducing visual artist Christopher Ulutupu!

Samoan | Niuean | German
Pōneke, Aotearoa
IG: @tulisi88
FB: Christopher Ulutupu

Christopher is an artist of Samoan (Siumu, Falelatai, Safotu), Niuean and German, descent currently based in Pōneke. He holds an MFA at Massey University and a Bachelor of Performance Design (Hons) from Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. Ulutupu has developed solo projects at a number of galleries across Pōneke and Tāmaki Mākaurau. He also participated in the inaugural Hobart Biennale in 2017.

https://youtu.be/eY1j0RMVyv4

Christopher draws from and reflects upon personal relationships and experiences during his creative process. This theme is consistent across his bodies of work, the viewer can always identify a sense of identity and belonging in his chosen subject matter.

“My art practice is autobiographical by nature, referencing personal experiences of what it means to be a Samoan/Niuean/German artist, growing up in Aotearoa”

Christopher Ulutupu

Final Works

Beach

‘Beach‘ Filmed at Tahunanui Beach, Christopher’s sister recreated the popular Tiktok dance trend to ABBA’s ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’.

“This project is about Pacific diasporic identity, which cannot exclude the influence of Fanau. Their participation is integral to my process, and the quality of this new work – without their presence my ideas will become hypothetical; resulting in a very different work.”

Christopher Ulutupu

Church Steps

‘Church Steps’ Christopher’s sister channels the 1980s as she lip syncs in a wedding dress on the steps of a church in the centre of town. Here we see where Christopher is employing themes and influences  from film noir, the scene alludes to Gothicism through the subject matter yet is playful and irreverent.

https://youtu.be/r12H_85-zeo

Saltwater Pools

Saltwater Pools’ The final video work from Christopher’s Fale-ship. He films his sisters Ashley and Fame relaxing and conversing at the tourist hotspot, the saltwater pools. Here we gain insight into his family life, memories and experiences.

https://youtu.be/TaUEWwMgRRM

Q+A talanoa with Christopher & Leafa

Leafa and Christopher sit down and talk about collaborating with whanau and the importance of sharing lived experiences.

Leafa: “How important is it to showcase the lived experiences of Moana artists?”

Christopher: “I think it’s super important… I guess under our current global climate, the marginalised need avenues to be able to voice those opinions and I think it’s important that initiatives like this help promote those voices.”

Q+A Talanoa facilitated by:
LEAFA WILSON
Performance artist/ Curator/Art Writer/ Director – Olga
Sāmoan | Gafa: Vaimoso/Siumu/Fasito’otai
Hamilton, Aotearoa
IG: @bungaswehr
IG: @olgaartspace 

Artist Spotlight: Shawnee Teki

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Shawnee Tekii describes the political element of her practice and how participation activates her work.

“…I like to think of myself as that middleman, messenger, just trying to get stories out to the public.”

– Shawnee Tekii

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity has now ended.


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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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FALE-SHIP: Rawiri Brown

Profile Image Rawiri Brown Tautai Faleship

Kia ora koutou! Introducing fashion and textile designer Rawiri Brown.

Ngāriki Kaiputahi | Ngāti Raukawa
Cook Island Māori
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa
IG: @morethread

Having over 15 years working in the fashion industry Rawiri aims to highlight the skilled craft and creative process involved in garment and textile making which is often overlooked and relegated to people’s bedroom floors.
Rawiri is drawn to design and textiles due to its close relationships with evocation, nostalgia, ceremony, tradition, ability to imbue power or authority through textiles’ everyday objects and applications.

Get a glimpse into Rawiri’s creative process as he shares his ‘messy workroom’ and the inspiration behind his capsule collection entitled ‘Happy Endings’.

“I am drawn to the medium’s ability to evoke memories, imbue meaning and help form or alter perceptions and identities with functional objects”

Rawiri Brown

Watch this compilation video of Rawiri’s artistic process! These little snippets draw inspiration from his experience with the current climate.  Entitled ‘Happy Endings’ has an overarching theme of an idealised utopia masking actual reality.  Tongue and check references of his hometown’s logo and what parallels of life was like for himself in 2007’s Global Financial Crisis. He then shares with us the ways in which he experiments with his found objects to make beautiful and sustainable garments.  


We are excited to share Rawiri’s final work! Made as a response to today’s current climate with tongue and cheek references to his hometown Rawiri Brown presents the capsule collection ‘Happy Endings’ created during his Fale-ship residency!

https://youtu.be/4fV_ZRkPR0Y

“Employing a hyper saturated colour palette to the point of almost looking garish; incorporating found materials to reinforce narrative and using textiles considered tacky, or cheap to produce a collection with high end finishings and craftsmanship.”

Rawiri Brown

Q+A talanoa with Rawiri & Leafa

Leafa and Rawiri sit down to talk about the processes behind developing a fashion collection.

https://youtu.be/Vb9aY2z08XU

Leafa: “So can you tell us a bit about your creative process during your Tautai Fale-ship?”
Rawiri: “I love coming up with the ideas and concepts behind a new collection…aesthetically at the moment I like juxtaposition of using already sourced or discarded things that aren’t considered valuable and turning them into something desirable.”

Q+A Talanoa facilitated by:
LEAFA WILSON
Performance artist/ Curator/Art Writer/ Director – Olga
Sāmoan | Gafa: Vaimoso/Siumu/Fasito’otai
Hamilton, Aotearoa
IG: @bungaswehr
IG: @olgaartspace 

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Artist Spotlight: Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist and curator Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo gives us an insight into her work, which presents the moana as a site of connection.

“I want people to exchange with the moana….”

Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo

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FALE-SHIP: Fa’amele Etuale

Fale-Ship | Fa'amele Etuale
Fa’amele Etuale | Fale-ship

Talofa lava! Introducing multi-disciplinary artist Fa’amele Etuale.

Samoan | Chinese 
South Auckland, Aotearoa 
IG: @faameleetuale 

Fa’amele is a self taught artist, Pacific contemporary jeweller and a maker of all things creative. 

O lo’u igoa o Fa’amele Etuale, I am of Samoan and Chinese descent. I live and make Art in my beautiful home of Otara, South Auckland.  

My father comes from Laulii Suaniu Tala’ave Filipo, my two beautiful mothers come from Leufisa and Malie their names were Teleise Grace Filipo and Lainaimalae Filipo. I am the Eldest of 8 siblings, I am married to Gasu Apelu Ilemaleota Etuale who is from Tufulele I have 4 beautiful children. 


Fa’amele emphasises the importance of documenting and trailing her designs before making the finished work! She gives us an insight into her home studio and her step-by-step creative process, from her sketches to her final lei designs!  

“There’s a process, and the process for me is the most important part about creating the work.”

Fa’amele Etuale

‘The Promise’

‘The Promise’ is both relatable yet deeply personal to Fa’amele. It is a testament to the shared experience of migration from the Islands to Aotearoa and Australia. She captures the feelings of excitement, the unknown and of course the notion of ‘promise’. This painting holds meanings beyond just this for Fa’amele, it is also a dedication to her late mother-in-law Fili, who inspired her everyday. Swipe right to read more about this beautiful and significant artwork. 

Fale-Ship | Fa'amele Etuale
The Promise, 2020

“I heard my own voice, it blocked out all the noise of whatever is happening on social media, whatever people are doing, whatever people think. Everything around me just closed.” 

Fa’amele Etuale

Q+A with Fa’amele and Marie

Fa’amele and Marie discuss the importance of being true to oneself and making art that is important to you and your loved ones.  

@mariefilipomusic – “So when your residency launches online, what do you want people to take away from it?” 
@faameleetuale “I want to tell all the artists out there, that don’t have a voice, that don’t have a platform…that there are people out there, like myself, that are here…Never let anyone tell you to stop doing what’s in your heart. That’s all I want people to take away from my Fale-ship.” 

Q+A Talanoa facilitated by:  
Marie Filipo 
Musician, Motivational Speaker 
Samoan/Chinese 
South Auckland, Aotearoa 
IG: @marie_filipo | @mariefilipomusic 

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Artist Spotlight: Te Ara Minhinnick

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Te Ara Minhinnick shares how her work helps her to learn more about her whakapapa and her whenua

“If you asked me ‘What are the waterways to you?” I’d answer you and say they’re like the blood of my ancestors.”

– Te Ara Minhinnick

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FALE-SHIP: Michel Mulipola

Fale-ship | Michel Mulipola
Michel Mulipola | Fale-ship

Talofa lava! Introducing comic book artist Michel Mulipola.

Sāmoan
Māngere, South Auckland
IG: @bloodysamoanart | FB: @bloodysamoanart
www.bloodysamoan.com
www.bloodysamoan.com/o-le-aiga-comics

Michel is one of the very few professional Pasifika comic artists. With a growing international fanbase, he enjoys sharing his stories with people from all over the globe.

Michel Mulipola is a Sāmoan comic book artist/pro wrestler/semi-pro gamer born and raised on the mean streets of Māngere, South Auckland. His grandfather’s villages are Lefaga, Iva and Manono and his grandmother’s villages are Papa Sātaua, Faleasiu, Vaimoso and Sinamoga.

He has illustrated works for the WWE, Marvel Comics, 2K Games ANZ, SIS Show, Sky TV, Pasifika Heroes Books and NZ School Journals amongst many other things.

Michel’s art practice of illustrating comic stories is one that is popular amongst consumers but rarely practiced by Pasifika artists. In fact, he is one of the very few professional Pasifika comic artists and if you Google “Samoan comic artist,” he is featured in the top results. Pasifika people are naturally gifted storytellers telling their stories through different mediums, Michel’s medium happens to be comic books. Comics are often misunderstood as an art style, superheroes or a genre but in reality, it is a storytelling medium


Get an insight into Michel’s creative workspace and daily surroundings that inspire him. He also shares with us some awesome snapshots from his previous works as well as a sneak peek into the new works he created as part of his Fale-ship residency!

“The opportunity to share my process of making comics and breaking down its nuances and intricacies is why I applied to take part in Tautai’s Fale-ship Home Residency programme”

Michel Mulipola

Check out Michel’s twitch time-lapse, depicting the creation of his comic he created for his Fale-ship, ‘O Le Aiga Samoa.’ Head to our youtube to see the full time-lapse or to Michel’s twitch account for the full livestream where he explains how he designs his comics and where he gets his inspiration!

https://youtu.be/poQn8M-5Gdk

“In sharing my process so publicly on Twitch, I aimed to demystify the comics artform and make myself available to any artists or casual viewers who wish to pick my brain on the creative process”

– Michel Mulipola

Q+A with Michel and Leafa

Michel chats all about his experiences at Comicon in San Diego and what inspires him to be an illustrator!

Q+A Talanoa facilitated by:
LEAFA WILSON
Performance artist/ Curator/Art Writer/ Director – Olga
Sāmoan | Gafa: Vaimoso/Siumu/Fasito’otai
Hamilton, Aotearoa
IG: @bungaswehr
IG: @olgaartspace 

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Artist Spotlight: Telly Tuita

SALTWATER / Interconnectivity artist Telly Tuita talks about where culture is rooted and the pride of seeing Pacific arts and artists flourishing in Aotearoa.

“Memory is such a powerful thing. I could have the sad story of – I was taken away from my culture, I was taken away from Tonga… but I think if culture is strong enough it will never leave you and as you can see, you are the culture.”

– Telly Tuita

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FALE-SHIP: Salvador Brown

Salvador Brown | Fale-ship

Talofa lava! Introducing sound and video practitioner Salvador Brown.

Samoan | European
Westmere, Aotearoa
IG: @salvadorbrown
www.salvadorbrown.com

He is now based in Auckland after growing up in London, where he was a member of Ngāti Ranana-Maori Cultural Group, Maramara Totara-London based Taiaha Roopu and Beats of Polynesia Dance group. Salvador first blew the pū (conch) at the age of 4 and has had a love affair with Taonga Puoro ever since. Photography and Videography are his second love, shooting stills on film sets to documenting SaVĀges and Sisters.
Salvador was raised surrounded by the Pasifika arts scene as a child of one of the Pacific Sisters, who he often collaborates with. He participated in the Inaugural London SaVĀge K’lub in 2011 and went on to document them for the Queensland Art Gallery’s 8th Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in 2015. Horomona Horo is currently mentoring him as he develops a research project “Fagu Tagi Bottled Sound” a comparative study of Maori and Samoan musical instruments for the Pacific Sisters.
Highlights of his artistic practice include Kaiwhakatangi at the opening celebrations for the acclaimed Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery. Acti.VA.tor for In*ter*is*land Collective in London for the Oceania exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris (2019) and Workshop leader at Volkenkunde Museum Netherland Maori Week with his London whanau Te Kohanga Reo o Rānana in 2018.  
https://youtu.be/cJJqbC-20xE

Get an insight into Salvador’s creative workspace in Westmere and the process of diving into the digital moana to create the sound bed work ‘DigiTā VāSā’.  


“…diving into our cultural practices and processes has helped me understand myself in the world we live in.”

Salvador Brown

Salvador takes us on a visual journey, sharing the process behind creating his final sound bed work ‘DigiTā VāSā’

https://youtu.be/de9BBV96bOc

CREDITS:
Shot on the Waitematā (Obsidian Waters) | Acknowledgements to the mana whenua

Pūtātara named Te Kupenga ā Kiva | Brought to life by Thomas Carroll, Tahiarii Pariente and Kanaloa

Tatau
Gogo by Emine Jones-Burke
Atualoa by Mokonuiarangi Smith
Fe’e by Croc Tatau

Camera operated by Kerry Brown
Sound design and video editing by Sālvādor Brown

Returning to his geographical home of Auckland and deepening his connection to his ancestral home of Samoa, Salvador responds through the sound bed ‘DigiTā VāSā’ created during his Fale-ship residency!

https://youtu.be/bY49a5hQhwc
<< Recommended listening on headphones
in a quiet calm space, close to water if possible >>

Sounds:
Tā Tatau – Mokonuiarangi Smith
Pūtātara named Te Kupenga ā Kiva – Brought to life by Thomas Carroll, Tahiarii Pariente and Kanaloa
Mamapū named Lonetona – Made from Ofe (Bamboo) brought to life by Sālvādor Brown
Early morning Manu (Birds)

Digital Sounds: Pink noise, Brown noise, Arcade synthesizer, Arcade Bass guitar, Digital Glitches, Electro Magnetic Interference


Q+A talanoa with Salvador & Marie…

Salvador chats with Marie about the digital moana and how his whānau inspires him.
https://youtu.be/ERRsBqeOzWs

Q+A Talanoa facilitated by:  
Marie Filipo 
Musician, Motivational Speaker 
Samoan/Chinese 
South Auckland, Aotearoa 
IG: @marie_filipo | @mariefilipomusic 

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FALE-SHIP: Melissa Gilbert

Fale-ship | Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert | Fale-ship

Mālō e lelei! Introducing Melissa Gilbert, a multi-faceted creator, who taps into themes of identity, healing and spiritualism.

Tongan, Samoan, Fijian and Palagi
Central Auckland
IG: @meliciousmelmel & @gap.tooth.boo
FB: Melicious Mel Mel
www.meliciousmelmel.com

Her multi-cultural background heavily influences her work and how she sees the world. She does everything from smearing paint on canvas to hot gluing feathers on self-made regalia to covering herself in fake blood just to tell her stories. She tenaciously teaches herself new skills, to create bigger and better work that touches its viewers. Her residency took place right in her backyard in Grey Lynn, Auckland. 


Melissa provides insight into her artistic process. She captures her academic research and how this is both reflected in and informs her creativity.

” It feels like some of the most important work I do includes a mixture of calamity and luck to create…”

Melissa Gilbert

Take a behind scenes look into Melissa’s final video work ‘Atua Otua Kalou’ she created for Fale-ship residency. With help from her friend Shanie, Melissa has documented her creative process – from research, to making, to experimenting with space, light and sound.

Filmed by @shanieprasad


Watch Melissa’s final work ‘Atua Otua Kalou
moving image, running time 02:13, Dimensions 1920 × 1080, 2020, Filming by Shanie Prasad. 

https://youtu.be/95etS4Yv4Vc

In my FALE-ship work I’ve focused on my journey with spiritualism and shamanism. Shamanism, for me, is about healing.  

In my academic studies of the practice of shamanism, there is a common thread of the initiation experience across multiple cultures. The prospective shaman passes out and is pulled down to Puluto (or the cultures version of the underworld) and shown images of their physical body being ripped apart in front of their eyes and put back together again. This happens so they may learn how to heal themselves and ultimately others. They then gain consciousness and begin practicing as a shaman with the new acquired knowledge.  

The words “Atua”, “Otua”, “Kalou” translates to God in Maori, Samoan, Tongan and Fijian. The first section of the video is depicting meditative chanting that helps the shaman submit to the force that takes them under. The second half of the moving image depicts the shaman conversing with their ancestors in Puluto (show through the text). I also paid respects to the Maori concept of Te Kore with the deep shadows and ambiguous audio. The aesthetic of the ancestor covered in blood, also pays homage to Lilith, the divine feminine. 


Q+A with Melissa and Marie

Marie discusses challenges Melissa faced during her residency and how maintaining a positive mindset is the key to success!

Q+A Talanoa facilitated by:  
Marie Filipo 
Musician, Motivational Speaker 
Samoan/Chinese 
South Auckland, Aotearoa 
IG: @marie_filipo | @mariefilipomusic 

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The Big Idea Story

Sacrifice is the Greatest Art Form

Not all leaders are created equal. Tautai’s Courtney Sina Meredith is ensuring she leads by example

By Dina Jezdic for The Big Idea, 14 October 2020

Courtney Sina Meredith performing at LIP(S).

Courtney Sina Meredith performing at LIP(S). Photo: Sait Akkirman.

Our society is changing and so are the types of leaders we seek to entrust with power. 

The imperative to empower the most disenfranchised and marginalized among us has revealed a large gap in the arts and culture leadership, while exposing limited knowledge on how to tackle the ongoing problems of systemic racism and structural injustices in our society and the communities we identify with. 

For Courtney Sina Meredith, author, performer and the Director of Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust – Aotearoa’s leading contemporary Pacific arts organisation – this is the space she feels most comfortable in. It’s a space she understands well through lived experience, as a respected figure in the arts and as an accomplished multidisciplinary artist in her own right. The artist and the administrator entwined, a chimera of the dreamer and the doer. 

“Where I am now in my life is where I’ve been for a very long time – inside the wave. As a writer and performer, I’ve had the great blessing of documenting the sea salt, struggles, genetic memory and amazing ambition from within. I believe in the future my grandparents and great-grandparents left Samoa and Rarotonga to pursue. 

“Family is everything to me, it is the foundation of who I am as a creative, as a leader in the arts, as a new parent and someone more interested in doing the right thing behind closed doors than highlighting the performance of expected leadership in the public realm.”

Willing to serve
Courtney Sina Meredith. Photo: Janet Lilo.
Courtney Sina Meredith. Photo: Janet Lilo.

As we are faced with a time of unknowns, we are also in the greatest time for learning and doing things differently. Leading the way in this time of great change may be easier for some than for others but this leader never dilutes that the struggle is indeed very real, if you are willing to truly serve your community. 

“Leadership isn’t glamorous at all – it’s a lot of planning and pukumahi. I’ve retained my spirit by understanding that sacrifice is the greatest art form. Look at what’s created through the hope for something more. 

Courtney Sina Meredith - How about being a Woman
Courtney Sina Meredith – How about being a Woman, 2019. Photo: Sait Akkirman.

“I’ve always believed that a true artist creates artistic opportunities for others. I turned down many opportunities to be my own artist because the fork in the road ahead meant a win for myself or a win for somebody else. That doesn’t make me a martyr – I think it makes me, by my own personal code, the sort of artist I’ve always wanted to become.

“When I see Moana creatives come into Tautai and they light up because they feel so seen and so comfortable – and every piece of art, every space, every book reflects and affirms their very being – those are the moments I breathe out and let myself feel a tiny piece of the enormity of it all.”

Dedication
Meredith and Tautai's founding patron Fatu Feu'u.
Meredith and Tautai’s founding patron Fatu Feu’u. Photo: Courtney Sina Meredith.

“I’ve never dug so deep as I have for the love of this community. I was confident I could bring the Trust back to good health, in the way you nurse a loved one. That was a metaphor I returned to often. Yes,  I had a 12-month, 6-month, 90-day and 30-day business plan – crossing those things off with my team was actually so emotional – but I also just treated the Trust like an elder who needed my time.

“Slowly, gently, it was like this entity in the crook of my arm that couldn’t be left alone, regained colour in its cheeks with daily nourishment. People returned, the memory returned of who Tautai was and why.

“I am powered by my belief in the power of my people. Whether or not Moana artists want to engage with Tautai is their choice but I‘d rather exist in a time where it is a choice and not a consistent inequity that is glaringly obvious.” 

Blu-tack & Chicken scrawl

This is clearly the case of not being afraid to talk about the hard work and sacrifice it took to get the Trust and the team to where they are now. It’s about the visibility of difficult conversations and the hard work of the days and months that followed. Here is a leader that knows she is not alone and that her sacrifice is most certainly not unnoticed.  

“I’ve poured every drop of love into Tautai that I possibly could. Love-led leadership looked like practically living at the office in the first 6-12 months, with family dropping off food in the weekends and sitting with me in the office with print outs and sheets of papers covered in my chicken scrawl blu-tacked to the walls, backs of doors, in piles around the meeting room.

“It completely overtook me – this instinct to secure the Trust. I put myself into a very vulnerable space but I was determined to succeed. I understood it would take time and so I just settled in for the long haul. Some days were a lot harder than others but the good days were especially great and I held onto that.”

Purpose-built, built with purpose

Building the future on broken foundations is a difficult and potentially dangerous path. It can only be achieved by rebuilding upon new, healthy foundations. For Tautai Trust, they appear to be brightly lit, glistening like a newly shed skin. The new space with the expanded footprint is a vessel for artists to exhibit and gather but also a home dwelling centered on the Pacific community and their role in the contemporary arts practice. It is no wonder they are celebrating this visible and transformational success. 

Meredith with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Tautai's official opening
Meredith with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Tautai’s official opening. Photo: Cass Marrett.

“In two years we have expanded our space triple-fold, establishing Tautai Gallery which was officially opened this year by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, held our first indigenous collaborative show across the Tasman at Blak Dot Gallery, increased our funding by 94%, had two clear financial audits, brought on Pacific accountants, Pacific auditors, Pacific caterers, a range of Pacific suppliers and built partnerships with many thought leaders here and around the globe.

“This realm has always been my church, my spaceship, my happy place but it’s not easy to make a life in the arts and this is something I’m passionate about changing.

“Now that the horizon has come to us and we are piercing the walls of many heavens together, I feel that I can finally take a step back and learn to live in the fale we were able to build thanks to our incredible funders at Creative New Zealand, Foundation North, our Fetu Ta’i patrons and the endless alofa of many Pacific creatives who came home to Tautai with open arms and open hearts – ready to take on the world.”

Tautai is a repository of knowledge and understanding for the communities it serves while consistently reaching beyond their core audience. 

Although it is now a physical space, it refuses the colonial impulse to collect and obscure its mission by caring for objects. Its foundations are strong and enabled by inclusion and centering of non-western bodies and spaces. 

It does not shy away from real politics, it invites it. 

If most public institutions have a legacy that is tainted by long genealogies of violence and institutional injustice, public spaces like Tautai are here to spread their new fresh approach by injecting the personal into our art lives. If anyone could be 2020-ready to rethink the entire model of what cultural institutions do and are, it is Courtney Sina Meredith leading Tautai with clear focus and new constellations to steer their vaka towards. 

Written by Dina Jezdic for The Big Idea (source)
Published online 14 October, 2020

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Opening Night: SALTWATER / Interconnectivity

Highlights from our SALTWATER / Interconnectivity opening held on Thursday 15 October at TAUTAI Gallery with our beautiful arts community and family!

Curated by Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo & Giles Peterson

Featuring: Shawnee Tekii, Peter Elavera, Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, Te Ara Minhinnick, Telly Tuita & Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo

Opening Night Performances by: 4 Thaa Kulture, LALO & Rosanna Raymond

Video by No Six


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Photo Gallery: SALTWATER / Interconnectivity

Fakaue lahi to everyone who came through on Thursday night to support, witness and celebrate an incredible exhibition!

Check out the photo gallery’s below!

‘SALTWATER / Interconnectivity’ is such a special show and we acknowledge Katharine and Giles for their vision and bringing together this group of talented artists. To Telly, Te Ara, Shawnee, Peter, Kat and Gutiŋarra, we are so honoured to have each of your works in the gallery.

Fa’afetai tele lava to everyone who made Thursday such a special night. A huge shout out to the extraordinary performers – Fili and Noah from 4TK, Ankaramy and the LALO crew and Rosanna Raymond.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe to the community for coming out and sharing in the celebrations with us, this space is for you and we hope to see you all again soon!

“SALTWATER/Interconnectivity foretells Tautai’s ongoing commitment to artists from Te Moana Nui a Kiwa. Presenting an understanding of reality in the present – within urban and sacred realms: the ever-flowing Moana/Solwara connects us all.”

– Courtney Sina Meredith, Tautai Director


All Photos by Isoa Kavakimotu


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SALTWATER/Interconnectivity: Meet the Curators

Meet the Curators

Introducing the co-curators of our current exhibition, Katharine Losi Atafu-Mayo and Giles Peterson!

The pair have transformed the Tautai Gallery to embody the Moana/Solwara worldview with their show SALTWATER/Interconnectivity

Video by NoSix


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SALWATER/Interconnectivity: Performances

Performances

For Artweek 2020 Tautai will be showcasing three performances which highlight the essence of the current exhibition SALTWATER/Interconnectivity.

Featuring: Sistar S’pacific aka Rosanna Raymond, 4TK (4 Tha Kulture) and LALO

Artweek | Rosanna Raymond
Rosanna Raymond Photographed by Jermaine Dean

An innovator of the contemporary Pasifika art scene, a long-standing member of the art collective Pacific Sisters, and founding member of the SaVAge K’lub. Raymond’s practice works with people, spaces and things to acti.VA.te a dynamic relationship between them, to realise and reshape the ta-va duality.

Artweek | 4TK
4TK (4 Tha Kulture)

South Auckland based indigenous environmentalist group of youth who are committed to advocating against climate change through the lens that considers minorities.
We rise for and ride out 4 Tha Kulture

Artweek | LALO
LALO

Humiliation in return for Forgiveness.
Accept it or not.
LALO (below) takes you through the Samoan custom ‘Ifoga’. A formal apology where one seeks forgiveness from another by bowing down and humbling themselves. The offender appears covered in an ‘ie toga’ (fine mat). The only way forgiveness is granted is if the victim lifts the ‘ie toga from the offender.

Artweek | Performances
Artweek 2020

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Meet the Artist: Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

First Nations digital artist and filmmaker Gutiŋarra was born deaf, his art represents a powerful and positive message of living with disability.

Gutiŋarra‘s work was in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu (b. 1997, lives and works in Yirrkala, NT, Australia) is an Indigenous artist of the Gumatj clan, Yirritja moiety, and Buymarr homeland, working with film and digital media to capture the stories of his kin. Despite being deaf since birth he has managed to overcome many barriers. From 2015 he
has worked at The Mulka Project in Yirrkala, as a Project Officer and filmmaker, often travelling out to Yolŋu homelands where he regularly films cultural ceremonies and events.

SALTWATER/Interconnectivity |  Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu
Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, Gurruṯu’mi Mala (My Connections) – 2019


Gutiŋarra was awarded the 2019 Telstra NATSIAA Multimedia Award for his 6k filmwork Gurruṯu mi’ mala (My Connections) which demonstrates his connections to his people and his country through the Yolŋu kinship-system of gurruṯu. In this
artwork he reveals his position in the world of gurruṯu through his first language, barrkuŋu waŋa (language from a distance) Yolŋu sign language. Gurruṯu’mi mala was also exhibited at AGSA as part of Tarnanthi 2019 and has received great interest due to the fascinating concept underlying this art piece and his history as a film maker and artist. 2019 was an exceptional year for Gutiŋarra as he was also a finalist for the NT Young Australian of the Year Awards.

“Gurruṯu’mi Mala demonstrates my connections to my family, my people and my country through the Yolŋu kinship system of gurruṯu. Gurruṯu not only links me to my clan and my homeland, but to all clans and their homelands. Gurruṯu dictates my connections and relationships to all Yolŋu… past, present and future.”

– Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu
Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu Tautai
Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

Gutiŋarra Online:
Instagram: The Mulka Project

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Meet the Artist: Te Ara Minhinnick

Te Ara Minhinnick

Multi-disciplinary artist Te Ara draws from her Ipu Karea in her practice, making art using the natural materials from the waterways that surround her home in Waiuku.

Te Ara’s work was in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

Mehemea ka pātai mai koe ki ahau;


“He aha Te Awa o Waikato ki a koe?”


Māku e kī atu, he rite tonu ki te toto o ōku tūpuna.

Te Ara Minhinnick Tautai
Te Ara Minhinnick

The work of Te Ara Minhinnick centres around the alliances of people, space, and  place, stemming from her Ipu Karea – the ancestral homelands of her Iwi, Ngāti Te Ata. Te Ara emphasises a responsibility in this by employing methods of practice  that offer ‘wayfinding’ vessels into the contemporary realities of Mātauranga Māori.  

Te Ara grew up often scolded by her aunties for playing bull rush out the front of  her Marāe in Waiuku. She is a Kohanga and Kura Kaupapa Māori pēpi. Who is now,  currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College. Most recently,  Te Ara facilitated a series of wānanga for her first solo show titled TAU (to find grounding) at Audio Foundation. 

SALTWATER/Interconnectivity | Te Ara Minhinnick
Te Ara Minhinnick

Te Ara Online:
Website: tearaminhinnick.com | Instagram: te__ara

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Meet the Artist: Shawnee Tekii

Shawnee Tekii

Interactive, bold and political are just a few of many words one can use to describe Shawnee’s graphic design practice.

Shawnee’s work was in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

SALTWATER/Interconnectivity | Shawnee Tekii
Shawnee Tekii, Goods 4 Sale – 2019

Shawnee Tekii uses art as a tool to create social engagement. Often tackling the political issues that surround the community. The digital age plays a large role in underpinning her practice. Shawnee’s work is often influenced by mainstream media and through the use of bold aesthetics and Instagram worthy graphics, she aims to communicate her political agenda directly to audiences of her generation. Her work encourages the use of mobile phones to either document or activate deeper conceptual content. She often draws inspiration from graphic design in advertising and branding – resulting in bold, attention seeking works.

“The development of social media and data configuration has influenced how we react, think, move and perceive the world.”

Shawnee Tekii
Shawnee Tekii Tautai
Shawnee Tekii

Shawnee Online:
Website: shawneetekii.com | Instagram: shawneetekii

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Meet the Artist: Peter Elavera

Peter Elavera

Social activism and political injustice are central themes in this PNG artist’s mural works.

Peter’s work is in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

Peter Elavera’s style of work is a fusion of pop art, street graffiti art, elements and principles of graphic design, symbolism, patterns and fine arts.

He is currently a leader in modern contemporary urban street art in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). His artwork incorporates social activism statements on issues of injustice, inequality and conservation of the natural environment. His interest in harnessing the potency of street art, and enhancing its application started in 2007.

Peter and his ‘Kamilion Art Crew’ – 2019
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity | Peter Elevera
Peter Elavera, Unity Wall – 2018

“UNITY WALL