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.