Pacific

Find your creative voice and celebrate your culture with us.

Pacific student in traditional garb under studio lights

At Toi Rauwhārangi we're dedicated to fostering and empowering our Pacific students.

Lindah Lepou, Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne

Programmes like the Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency at Government House support Pacific art and creative practice at the top of the game.

Ina Malama's pastel menswear.

Take your work to the world—2018 graduate Ina Malama's final collection Unfiltered Man has been selected to show at New York Fashion Week.

Krumping dancer shot by Matt Luani.

Dancers shot by Matt Luani.

Celebrate what's important to you

Matt Luani's Master of Design project, the Kulture Project, focuses on the art of krumping.

“The Kulture Project seeks to expose through documentary filmmaking Aotearoa's underground Krump scene within the context of outsider culture and otherness.

“Pasifika are a marginalised community in Aotearoa, and Krumpers are a marginalised group within that. The marginalised within the marginalised,” he says. 

Find support on your journey

We host Tautai Fresh Horizons workshops each year, for secondary school students to hone their talents and work with world-class artists.

Toi Rauwhārangi and Massey University offers scholarships to help Pacific students achieve their dreams and study with us.

Plus, as a student at Massey you'll have all the support of our Pasifika @ Massey team, and you can study and relax in the Fale Biling Iumi, building T33.

Scholarships
Pasifika @ Massey

Matt Luani

Matt Luani graduating with his BDes(Hons). Matt is currently an MDes student.

Lindah Lepou burns works from her past and displays new creations.

Lindah Lepou's work shown at the Government House Ballroom, 2017.

Be inspired by the best

Lindah Lepou, the 2017 Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist in Residence at Government House, has shaped how the world sees Pacific fashion and art over her 25 year career. 

Ms Lepou’s career has always had tension between her masculine/feminine worlds as fa’afafine, and her own Pacific/Palagi ‘gafa’ (lineage) at the core of her practice. 

She shocked the audience at an event celebrating her time in the residency, with a video showing model after model walking up to a beach bonfire before Ms Lepou removed each garment and placed it into the fire.

 “I thought this would be the perfect timing to transform myself from one cycle to the next which required a massive ‘letting go’ of the past.”

While the video depicted her shedding her past, three new creations were also unveiled at the event.

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