Lalaga Pasifika 2022

Photos Hayley Bethell

Kia orana, Noa’ia, Talofa lava, Mauri, Mālō e lelei, Tālofa, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Mālō ni, Nau Mai Haere Mai, and warm Pacific greetings.

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the Ngāmotu Pacific community shared in a day of art and culture recognising and celebrating Pacific arts in our community.
Guests heard from Pasifika artists and thought-leaders on the future of Pacific arts in Taranaki, learnt traditional weaving techniques in our workshops, enjoyed dance performances, live tatau demonstrations and much more in this Pasifika-packed occasion.

Lalaga is a pan-Pacific concept meaning ‘to weave’ or ‘woven’. In this context this event will bring 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.