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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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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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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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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 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

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

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


For further information please email us 
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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


For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

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


For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

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.

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


For further information please email us 
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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


For further information please email us 
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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


For further information please email us 
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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


For further information please email us 
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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


For further information please email us 
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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 ➡️

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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

For further information please email us 
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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

To stay up to date on Public Programmes, head to our Facebook event page and Instagram


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


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

For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

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

For further information please email us 
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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

For further information please email us 
Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe

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

For further information please email us 
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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

For further information please email us 
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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

For further information please email us 
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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)


For further information please email us 
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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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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!

For further information please email us
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