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Who we areThe Pacifica Mamas

The Pacifica Mamas

Formed in the late 1980s the Pacifica Mamas are all first generation pacific immigrants to New Zealand, originally from island nations including the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga, Tokelau, Kiribati, Fiji and Niue. Each member brings his or her own unique cultural, visual and arts skills to the collective.

This group of highly acclaimed Pacific Heritage artists comprises,  weavers, tivaevae makers, carvers, tapa artists, orators, performing artists and more. They meet regularly at the Pacifica Arts Centre to fellowship, exchange stories, and strengthen their pacific arts skills and knowledge.

The Pacifica Mamas activities include a Pacifica Experience – a schools pacific education programme;  Pacific Art exhibitions;  Workshops at local and international events;  An arts programme for the Springhill corrections facility and more.

They were awarded the Creative New Zealand Pacific Heritage Arts Award in 2012, and the Aotearoa Arts Access Corrections Community Award 2015.  They’ve been recognised far and wide for the contribution to Pacifica Arts both in New Zealand and abroad.  For information contact pacifica.arts@xtra.co.nz