In celebration of Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau/Tokelau Language Week 2023 at Te Papa - Kupega Affect will be offering 2 x 45-minute sessions of traditional Tokelauan drum, dance and song workshops.

Head along for an immersive experience where you can learn a Hiva (Dance) or Pehe (Song) and learn some traditional Tokelauan rhythms where all the family can participate together!

Here are the two workshop session times – just turn up on the day!

Kupega Affect Session 1 (45 min) Participants can ‘Give it a go’ to learn Tokelau Pehe (Song), Hiva (Dance) and Tokelau Drumming

10.30am–11.15am, Wellington Foyer, Level 2

Kupega Affect Session 2 (45 min) Participants can ‘Give it a go’ to learn Tokelau Pehe (Song), Hiva (Dance) and Tokelau Drumming

11.45am - 12.30pm, , Wellington Foyer, Level 2

About Kupega Affect

Selina and Sale Alefosio are the co-founders of the Tokelau, Uvea, Sāmoa Creative Arts entity ‘Kupega Affect’. They are both Aotearoa New Zealand-born and raised and reside in the Hutt Valley with their 2 children.

Ko Selina he tamaiti e a Sefilina (Née Koloi) ma Fiava’ai Alesana. Ko Sale he tamaiti e a Lili (Née Alofa) ma Lemuelu Alefosio.

Selina is a graduate of Whitireia Performing Arts and has worked in the Creative Arts sector for 30 Years. Selina has travelled and participated in national and international events.

In parallel to this she has also taught in various schools, tertiary institutions and youth groups in Porirua, Wellington, and the Hutt Valley. Currently is the Wilford Primary school Pasifika tutors, alongside Sale. Selina is an active member of the Tokelau Hutt Valley Marlins for over 20 years.

Sale is an aspiring writer basing his works around his unique perspective as an ‘Aotearoa-born’ Tokelauan. He has previously worked with youth and adults in the mental health and social services in the Hutt Valley and Porirua for over 10 years. Sale has spent the last 10 years in his most important role as a stay-at-home Dad, as their daughter lives with Autism and son with ADHD. In 2023, alongside Selina translated Tokelau versions of Mila’s books ‘My Gagana series 1.’

In 2017 Selina and Sale created and developed the ‘Koli with me workshops’ for children and youth, an introduction to Tokelau drum & dance. This led them to host the first ‘E Mawhai Celebration’ at the Dowse Lower Hutt, focussing on special needs pasifika children and their families, to give music and performing arts a go. Both produced, directed and choreographed 3 dance works ‘Kupega Affect Showcase’ - Whatupaepae, Lavelua, Te Leo o Tavita.

In 2022 Kupega Affect were recipients of Creative NZ Arts Grants funding to redevelop their aforementioned bodies of works that have been showcased at Pacific Dance and Measina Festivals (2016, 2017, 2018).

Session Times

  • 10.30am–11.15am
  • 11.45am–12.30pm


  • Free


  • Sun 29 Oct


  • 10:30 pm — 12:30 pm


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