A grandmother’s sweet hymn carries keynotes of prayers in a grandchild’s memory, taurus plastic chairs are dragged in storage after dents of joys and grief from mass family gatherings. Deepening paternal and maternal kinship ties through traditional iTaukei ceremonies with masi, a kala-noa calls ‘autalavou laiti (youth) to fall in love with their stories marked on Samoan tapa. Ocean of Whispers brings together measina (treasures) of Elsie Andrewes (Navala, Nakoroboya, Ba. Fiji, Pākehā), Jimmy Ma’ia’i (Sapapali’i and Fasito’outa, Samoa and Edinburgh, Scotland), Natasha Ratuva (Naioti, Bualomanihoro, Fiji), Jasmine Tuiā (Matautu Lefaga, Falefa, Anoama’a, Malifa, Samoa) and Kasi Valu (Lapaha and Ma’ufanga, Tonga).

Curated by Etanah Falagā Talapā

"On behalf of Enjoy, fa’afetai tele, vinaka vakalevu, malo ‘aupito to everyone who generously donated to our BoostedxMoana campaign in 2021. It is with your love, trust and support that Ocean of Whispers has been realised."


  • Free


  • Fri 18 Nov


  • 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm


  • 211 Left Bank
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington