Museums of Auckland Collaborate on Pasifika Vibes

The Museums of Auckland, namely Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland War Memorial Museum, MOTAT and the Maritime Museum, are joining forces to support the Pasifika Festival in Western Springs with Pasifika Vibes @ MOTAT.

The museums will be celebrating Pacific culture, rhythms and flavours at MOTAT’s Great North Road site on Saturday 24 (9am to 5pm) and Sunday 25 March (10am to 4pm).

The team from Auckland Museum will be helping visitors to build, test and race their own mini wakas. They’ll be demonstrating how explorers migrated across the Pacific in the days before GPS.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki will be running screen-printing workshops led by teaching artist Lindsay Gaono that give everyone the chance to explore their creativity and investigate natural flora in pattern making. The Gallery will also be unpacking an ‘art suitcase’ featuring the work of Ani O’Neill, a New Zealand artist of Cook Island and Irish descent and using story discovery sessions to explore her artistic practice.

The Maritime Museum will be encouraging people to share stories of where they and their whanau arrived from, on mini wakas to be lashed together on a big net. They’ll also be teaching traditional lashing techniques, have a display of some of the Pacific canoes from their collection with touchable materials used in Pacific canoe building, and a pōhaku stone connecting us to the voyagers in Hawaii.

In ‘Te Waka Huia’ at Pasifika Vibes, MOTAT will be showcasing the story of New Zealand’s majestic Solent Flying Boats which traversed the Coral Route. The beauty of the Pacific is highlighted in MOTAT’s pictorial collection, with images from Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji and other islands. Children can spend their time happily hunting for mythical world creatures in the Curious Critters augmented reality experience while the whole family relaxes and enjoys the music and dancing. There will be performances by the Samoan Siva group and SaintZ Up Performing Arts Centre. 

MOTAT Chief Executive, Michael Frawley says that the museums have been working on several collaborative projects designed to highlight what they have to offer to Auckland’s residents and visitors. “Our first initiative was to launch a combined ‘Museums of Auckland’ website and Pasifika Vibes @ MOTAT is the first of a number of joint arts, cultural and heritage events we will be collectively involved with during the year.”

MOTAT will also be the place to savour the tastes of culturally inspired dishes; Vegan Cuisine NZ and Napoli Central will be onsite serving mouth-watering treats and pizza with a Pasifika twist, the popular Māori food truck Pūhā & Pākehā will be here too and for dessert, nothing beats a Tip Top ice cream.

This is a day out not to be missed! Grab your picnic blanket, friends and family, and come on down to celebrate Pacific culture at this smoke and alcohol-free event. The rest of MOTAT will be closed during the Pasifika Festival but entry to Pasifika Vibes @ MOTAT is free.


Notes to the Editor

Museums of Auckland – Nga Whare Taonga O Tamaki, is a collaboration between Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland War Memorial Museum, MOTAT, New Zealand Maritime Museum and Stardome Observatory & Planetarium.

Pasifika Vibes @ MOTAT
Location: MOTAT – 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Times: 9am – 5pm Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday
Dates: 24 – 25 March 2018
Free entry
Please note the rest of the Museum, it’s exhibitions and the café will be closed for this event and the trams will not be running.

For further information, photos, media passes or interviews, please contact:
Vanessa Hefer
Communications Advisor
Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
09 845 3703 | 021 340 518