Story: Pacific arts in New Zealand

Atafu Tokelau community group (1st of 2)

Atafu Tokelau community group

Members of Porirua's Tokelau community work carving an outrigger vaka (canoe) from two huge tōtara logs. The project began in late 2011 in the hope of interesting young people in Tokelauan traditions. The carving was led by master carver Vase Reupena, and the project received financial assistance from Creative New Zealand following an application from community member and artist Moses Viliamu. It was hoped that once the carving was complete, the vaka would be launched and used to teach young people fishing and navigational skills.

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Tokelau Vaka Porirua
Photograph by Moses W. Viliamu

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Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai, 'Pacific arts in New Zealand - Pacific grassroots arts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/46078/atafu-tokelau-community-group (accessed 26 May 2019)

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