Story: Pacific arts in New Zealand

Foufili Halagigie and her lili fakamania (wall hanging)

Foufili Halagigie and her lili fakamania (wall hanging)

Foufili Halagigie is shown finishing a large lili fakamania (wall hanging) for the Home AKL exhibition in 2012. Halagigie is a member of the award-winning Ōtāhuhu-based Falepipi he Mafola Niuean Handcraft Group; the artwork was commissioned for the exhibition.

Falepipi he Mafola started in 1993. With members aged up to 80 sharing their skills, the group has helped develop and maintain the traditional Niuean practices of weaving, plaiting, netting, and carving. Its members also enjoyed speaking Niuean, dancing, singing – they have released a CD of traditional songs – and storytelling.

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Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai, 'Pacific arts in New Zealand - Visual art and literature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2024)

Story by Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai, published 22 Oct 2014