We are excited to be hosting two 2021 Pacific Dance Festival events - Pacific Dance on Screen and TE PŌ - Pasifika Fashion Show. Come along and celebrate Pacific arts and culture at Tāmaki Paenga Hira. 


Pacific Dance Festival 2021


Pacific Dance Festival 2021


This event is being live-streamed via the Pacific Dance Facebook page here.

This event is now sold out. There will be limited door sales available for standing room on the night. 

Join us for a vibrant, colourful and invigorating display of Pasifika fashion. Directed by renowned artist Vivian Hosking-Aue, the fashion show TE PŌ is infused with mesmerising dance by Pacific contemporary dance group AUĒ.

As part of the 2021 Pacific Dance Festival, the show is a celebration of Pacific people of all sizes and genders, through Pacific dance and couture. TE PŌ translates to ‘the night’ in the Cook Islands Māori language. This collection has been created for when the sun is low lying in the sky, showcasing the limitless opulence and appeal of evening wear.

Artistic Director of AUĒ Dance Company, Cook Islander Vivian Hosking-Aue has a rich background in dance and choreography, having taught as well as performed both in Aotearoa and internationally. Vivian launched his own fasion brand AUĒ LINE in November 2018.

We invite you to experience TE PŌ, an authentic vibrant dance and fashion show embodying the life and pride of Pacific peoples.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase on the night from the Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café.

Please note: entry is via the southern entrance of the Museum located closest to Newmarket. The Museum Carpark will be available for secure undercover paid parking during the event. The first 30 minutes are free, enter from Maunsell Road, located on the Newmarket side of the Domain. Free parking, subject to availability, is available in the Auckland Domain.

© Pati Solomona-Tyrell
Pacific Dance on Screen

Pacific Dance on Screen


The event is now fully booked for Auditorium seating. The event will be live-streamed to screens in the Auditorium lobby, where floor seating will be available. 

The Pacific Dance Festival is excited to co-curate with Pollywood in presenting a diverse range of Pacific dance films. Included in this year’s line are films from Aotearoa, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Tuvalu. The screening will be followed by a short Q & A forum led by Pollywood director Craig Fasi.

Please note entry is via the southern entrance of the Museum located closest to Newmarket. 

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Niue Takala Project - Ponatakie Atu Toa Niue
Producer: Niue Youth Network 2020

This takalo is a solutions-based project that seeks to address the common narrative of language loss and cultural disconnection for NZ born tagata Niue. Rather than be overwhelmed by the stigma and shame of not being connected with Vagahau (language) or disconnection from knowledge of our Aga Fakamotu (culture), we take strength in our collective efforts to unite in uplifting each other and reshaping our narrative as NZ born Niue men and Toa Niue. 5 mins

Tep Tok: The Auckland Conversation
Director: Julia Mage'au Gray Producer: Sunameke Productions 2019

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Director, Editor, Animation, Choreographer/Dancer: Louise Potiki Bryant Director of Photography, composer: Paddy Free 2018

ROTO is a dance film inspired by Lake Wanaka in Te Wai Pounamu, Aotearoa / New Zealand. In te reo Maori, roto translates a 'lake' and also means 'within'. With ROTO we have explored the kaupapa (concept) of the lake within; the lake being a metaphor for our consciousness, and the surface of the lake being likened to our emotional state. B mins

Pacific Dance Artist in Residence 2020
Director, Producer: losefa Enari Featuring: Malia Alama-Tulafono 2020

In 2020 during covid lockdown, the annual Pacific Dance Artist in Residence was delivered online. The 2020 artist was Molia Allama-Tulafono of Tuvalu heritage. This film follows Molia's residency programme in which she highlights the plight of coastal erosion and the impact of climate change on the small island of Tuvalu. 4 mins

Lady Eva
Director, Producer: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson Story Creator, Producer: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu 2017

In the Kingdom of Tonga, the last remaining monarchy in the Pacific, traditional culture clashes with modern religious zealotry. On the eve of the biggest day in her life, a young transgender beauty contestant is given an ultimatum by her Mormon family: "If you choose to participate in that pageant, you can pack your bags and get out of this house."

With a fierce determination, LADY EVA takes off on a journey to become her true self – with a little inspiration from Tina Turner along the way. 11mins

To/a si au tina
Director, Editor: Jeremiah Tauamiti, Samson Vaotuua Producers: Maria Kalpatzoglou, Raymond Sagapolutele 2019

From 'Bounty Bars and Coconut Roughs' to a foreign land where 'Grey is the new pink'; the elegant 'Siva Samoa' and tenacious 'Poly Swag' become part of an esteemed collection which in turn demands a prestigious farewell. A visual journey that documents a personal and triumphant collection of moments that provides acceptance and new thought. 19 mins

Director, Writer, Producer: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson AnimaUon Director: Daniel Sousa 2020

Long ago, four extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii and imbued their powers in four giant boulders. The stones still stand on Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden - until now. 5 mins

© Image: Raymond Sagapolutele

This event is a partnership between Pacific Dance NZ and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum