Story: South Pacific economic relations

Corned-beef tin bull

Corned-beef tin bull

Canned corn beef is widely known in the South Pacific as ‘helapi’, after Hellaby’s, the New Zealand meat-processing company that markets the most popular brand. This 1999 sculpture by Michel Tuffery, a New Zealand-born Samoan artist, is made from corned-beef tins. It refers to the way this imported, high-fat food has undermined local fishing, cultivation and cooking skills in the Pacific.

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Object by Michel Tuffery

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Geoff Bertram, 'South Pacific economic relations - The balance of trade', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/24262/corned-beef-tin-bull (accessed 27 September 2020)

Story by Geoff Bertram, published 11 Mar 2010