MON 8 OCT, 3.30PM - 5PM

This panel talk, facilitated by Ole Maiava, features contemporary Pasifika/NZ artists who are reviving cultural art practices in their island nations.

Daren Kamali and Inise Kaisuni Eremasi will be speaking on traditional Fijian Ulu cavu wig making; Cora-Allan Wickliffe will be speaking on Niuean Hiapo (tapa) making; and Joana Monolagi will be speaking on the Fijian female tattooing Veiqia project.

All of the panelists have used Auckland Museum’s world-class Pasifika collections in their research to revive these old cultural art practices. 

This event is part of Auckland Museum's Fijian and Niuean Language weeks celebrations this October.

Facilitator: Ole Maiava

Ole is a practicing multi-disciplinary artist of Pacific heritage with a background in teaching, television broadcasting and events production. A first generation ‘kiwi’ but can trace through his maternal side up to 43 generations of Samoan lineage. Currently a Placemaker with Panuku Development Auckland, he is a former Senior Outreach Programmer for Auckland War Memorial Museum and also a former Pasifika Festival Director.

Cora-Allan Wickliffe

Cora-Allan Wickliffe is a multidisciplinary artist of Māori and Niue descent, originally from Waitakere. She has recently returned to Aotearoa after working at the Walter Phillips Art Gallery in Banff, Canada. Her work often explores and examines constructed representations of Indigenous people and is always developing new ways of creating preferred representations. Cora-Allan has worked in the creative industry as a Curator, Preparator, Photographer, Artist and Educator. In 2013 she completed her Masters in Visual Art and Design from AUT, also receiving an AUT Postgraduate Deans award for her research and excellence. She is the Curator and Exhibitions Manager at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, is a founding member of BC COLLECTIVE and is a maker of Hiapo (Niuean Barkcloth).

Daren Kamali

Daren is from Fijian, Uvean, Futunan and Scottish backgrounds; a Father, poet/educator, researcher and Senior Curator Pacific for Auckland Libraries (Research and Heritage). He migrated to Aotearoa from Fiji at the age of seventeen and holds a Masters of Creative Writing: First Class Honours (University of Auckland 2017) and Bachelors of Creative Arts (Manukau Institute of Technology 2014). He also won the Fulbright/CNZ - Pacific Writer in Residence at University of Hawai’i (2012) and attended the International Writers program in Iowa City, USA (2014). He has several published books. Daren celebrates poetry with a Pan Pacific approach to writing and performance, reflecting his multi-cultural background and upbringing in Fiji and Aotearoa NZ.

Joana Monolagi (pictured)

Joana Monolagi has been creating Fijian arts for about 20 years. She was born in the town of Ba, Viti Levu, Fiji, moved to Aotearoa New Zealand in 1978, and now lives in Pakuranga. Monolagi enjoys working with arts from her Fijian heritage such as masi (Fijian barkcloth) printing, creating Fijian costumes, teaching meke (dance) and telling Fijian stories. In 1990 she started to weave and learn to print masi. When Monolagi began experimenting with masi printing she drew on her memories of watching women in Fiji making and printing it. She taught herself how to create stencils for printing onto masi and enjoys making new stencils which she adds to her collection. Monolagi experiments with new materials available in Aotearoa New Zealand, combining the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. She values the importance of sharing the knowledge and skills that she has, which she does by running workshops for women’s groups in the Fijian community. Monolagi is the Fijian coordinator for the Fiji village at Auckland’s annual Pasifika Festival. She has held this role since 2001 and sees it as another way of showcasing Fijian culture and heritage through the arts.