Artform performed: Pacific arts
Grant type: Arts grant
Amount received: $17,500
Date of project: 27 Nov 2011 - 15 March 2012
About this story:
The Vaka project in Porirua, Wellington was funded by Creative New Zealand to support the maintenance of the heritage arts and culture of the Tokelau peoples in New Zealand. The project is led by the Atafu Tokelau Community Group where traditional knowledge in vaka making is passed on to a new generation, especially Pacific Islanders born in New Zealand.
The vaka project incorporates hands on teaching of skills, customs, knowledge of tools, naming different parts of the vaka, stories of fishing, navigation, jokes & speaking the Tokelau language to encourage & inspire the next generations. The community group has an education space for the absolute beginners & wider community. The Vaka project is based at the Matauala Hall, Cannons Creek, Porirua.
Credits & People involved in this project:
Atafu Tokelau Community Group Inc