Story: South Pacific peoples

Kiribati dancers

Kiribati dancers

Wellington and Auckland are the strongholds of New Zealand’s small Kiribati population, and these groups often gather to practise their culture. These dancers from Wellington’s community are performing the tekatoka bau (flower garland presentation dance). Their arms and hands are decorated, and they wear costumes made from coconut fibre or pandanus leaves.

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Carl Walrond, 'South Pacific peoples - Island groups and recent migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 October 2018)

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