Pamata Diaz Toleafoa hails from the villages of Salelesi and Satapuala, of the motu of Samoa. Born in Hastings, Pamata was raised and currently resides in Mangere, South Auckland.
A proud former student of Mangere College and the University of Auckland, Pamata graduated with a Bachelor of Arts conjoint with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) with first-class honours. Recently, Pamata submitted a master’s in fine arts, with a research topic examing measina as living entities.
Pamata is passionate about Samoan measina and is constantly exploring new ways to re-energize how we ‘look at, ‘look into’ and understand our treasures beyond their visual aesthetics. Drawing on the oral histories, narratives, and experiences gifted by elders, Pamata manifests this through creating measina using readily available materials to reflect diasporic influences and opportunities as they are presented.
Pamata currently serves as Senior Librarian Pasifika Research under Auckland Libraries.
"As one of the Youth Representatives within the Pacific Advisory Group (PAG), I am fortunate to provide my cultural knowledge and creative experience to enhance the conversations around the trajectory of our measina. Being a youth voice for PAG means I can inform and be informed about how we can better connect and serve our treasures."