An all-Pacific creative team just launched a major new book that reveals the dynamic and powerful story of Pacific arts in Aotearoa New Zealand. Come and listen to the panel discussion with the project team and some of the artists who contributed to the creation of the Pacific Arts Aotearoa.

Edited by leading Pacific writer and scholar Lana Lopesi, designed by Shaun Naufahu, project-managed by Faith Wilson, and published by Penguin Random House New Zealand in proud partnership with Pacific Arts, Creative New Zealand, Pacific Arts Aotearoa is ground-breaking yet also builds upon the Pacific Arts Legacy Project, an initiative under the Pacific Arts Strategy.

The book includes images and contributions from more than 120 artists, curators, and community voices, providing new and never-before-heard perspectives on this vast and growing legacy.

Interwoven with their stories is the narrative of Pacific artists in Aotearoa New Zealand, from their first arrivals on the shores of this country right up until today – and moving into the future.

Artists confirmed for the panel talk: • Karlo Mila (poet) • Shaun Naufahu (book designer) • Faith Wilson (Pacific artist/publishing intern) • Erolia Ifopo (CNZ project manager) • Makerita Urale (CNZ Executive Pacific Arts)


  • Free


  • Thu 19 Oct


  • 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm


  • Wellington Foyer, Level 2
  • 55 Cable Street
  • Te Aro, Wellington