Tautua Arts

In 2017, I started a new business venture. It’s called Tautua Arts and I work alongside Malia Patea-Taylor. We have been working together on Matariki projects for the last few years (see here and here). Malia put in an abstract for the Pacific Arts Association conference about this mahi, and it was accepted.

So, Tautua Arts travelled to Samoa to deliver a presentation where Malia gave a korero and siva. Malia also recorded a song, produced by Taina Keelan, and I created a backing film.

We travelled with the tumuaki of Tairawhiti REAP, Ani Pahuru-Huriwai.  She supported us during our presentation at the National University of Samoa. Tautua Arts work collaboratively with Tairawhiti REAP to deliver ACE programmes in Te Reo Hāmoa or A’oga Tagaloa.  Together we have developed a professional development programme, Te Wā o Le Vā: Reclaiming our space together. This is designed for Māori and Pacific practitioners in all sectors (health, education, justice etc) who work with Māori and Pacific in the community.

Here are some stills from the film.

Malo soifua!



Te ‘Au o Tagaloa

This collaborative project held it’s finale on Thursday 22 June 2017.

Following on from the successful Matariki series last year with Nafanua, Te ‘Au o Tagaloa closed a week of workshops. The week itself featured tatau, tapa making and Pacific fono.

The week was well supported by the local community, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Te Puni Kōkiri and Tairāwhiti Museum.

Included with this post are photos of our rangatahi and kaumatua performing. Once again my primary role was to produce visual imagery for the background.  But I also did the costumes, marketing, financial management and funding applications, because I’m awesome and can do everything. Lol!

This piece is a homage to Pele – Creator of New Lands:


This was a family event that took place during a Matariki series of workshops.

The story of Nafanua – Samoa’s Bat Goddess – was told through dance.

This was a collaborative project with Malia Patea-Taylor, Isobel Te Rauna and Tautua Arts.

My primary role was to produce several digital images for projection while our kids danced. I also worked on the costumes, marketing and general get-it-done person.

Behold the Bat Signal!