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Pacifica Mamas

Pacifica Mamas Storytelling Image smlThe Pacifica Mamas are matriarchs (and patriarchs) hailing from all corners of the Pacific. They represent the cultures from the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Fiji, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Tahiti and Hawaii. Each brings their own knowledge of Pacific culture and arts to Aotearoa, and their charm and enthusiasm is infectious. The Pacifica Mamas group come together to exchange traditional stories and song while effortlessly weaving, sewing, or making lei or tapa.

The Pacifica Mamas recount the many legends of the Pacific adapting them to suit every age group. Delivered with dramatic flair, the legend of coconut (Ina and the Eel) is one of the most popular stories - the practical demonstration of opening and scraping a coconut is popular with all ages. The Mamas also share the legend of the drum, the story of Ohi'a & Leihua from Hawaii, Pipirima from Polynesia and more.


  • In 2012 the Pacifica Mamas were awarded the Creative New Zealand Pacific Heritage Arts Award, for their contribution to the arts and the community.
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