Story: Niueans

‘Take these with you when you leave’

‘Take these with you when you leave’

The paintings of Niuean artist John Pule, who is also a writer, often tell stories. In this work the symbols – an aeroplane, a New Zealand passport, state house and pair of shoes – tell of Niuean migration to New Zealand. Shoes are not that important on Niue.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki, Chartwell Collection
Oil painting by John Pule

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Niueans - Community and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/721/take-these-with-you-when-you-leave (accessed 9 May 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015