Lalaga Pasifika

Lalaga Pasifika

Lalaga Pasifika 2022 Wrap Video

20 Sep 2022

On Saturday May 28th 2022, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the Ngāmotu Pacific community participated in a day of art and culture recognising and celebrating Pacific arts in our community.

We heard from Pasifika artists and thought-leaders on the future of Pacific arts in Taranaki, learnt traditional weaving techniques in workshops, enjoyed dance performances, live tatau demonstrations and much more on this Pasifika-packed occasion.

Lalaga is a pan-Pacific concept meaning ‘to weave’ or ‘woven’. In this context the event brought together different strands of Pasifika culture expressed through art forms – both traditional and contemporary - within the unique setting that is Taranaki.

Lalaga was an opportunity to ‘get to know’ each other, inspired by the physical process of weaving, which creates a platform that allows talanoa (conversations) to take place – to build relationships and shape the future.

This inaugural event marked a new chapter for Pasifika creative arts within the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in Ngāmotu, Taranaki.




Special thanks to:
Taranaki Vaimoana Charitable Trust
Creative NZ
WITT - Western Institute of Technology

Featured Artists:
Edith Amituanai
Amy SaoTui-Huta⁠⁠
Jodi Naik
Sean Hill
⁠Suzan Kostanich

Workshop Hosts / Artists / Performers:
Ella Tiafau Loheni Stancil
Tyla Vaeau⁠
IVI - Making Spaces Collective⁠
Ngāmotu Samoan Weavers
The Shades
TJ Taotua

Videography: Matavai Taulangau
Music: S.F.T - Rare Storm & Te Vaka - Mataloa
Motion Graphics: Matt White

Tyla Vaeau⁠ during the opening ceremonies of Lalaga Pasifika 2022.

Tyla Vaeau⁠ during the opening ceremonies of Lalaga Pasifika 2022.

Ella Tiafau Loheni Stancil prior to her opening ceremony performance at the Lalaga Pasifika 2022.

Ella Tiafau Loheni Stancil prior to her opening ceremony performance at the Lalaga Pasifika 2022.

Ngāmotu Samoan Weavers demonstration.

Ngāmotu Samoan Weavers demonstration.

Ella Tiafau Loheni Stancil during her Siva workshop.

Ella Tiafau Loheni Stancil during her Siva workshop.

IVI - Making Spaces Collective⁠ tapa making demonstration.

IVI - Making Spaces Collective⁠ tapa making demonstration.