News 18 Sep 2020
Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) is pleased to announce their partnership with Lagi Maama Academy & Consultancy to deliver the ‘PCF Tok Inspiration’ series, an online platform for Moana Oceania (Pacific) researchers to share their views of knowing, seeing and doing ‘arts’.
PCF Chair Fiso John Fiso says the platform aligns with the Foundation’s focus of ‘Promoting our New Zealand Pacific identity’.
“PCF is committed to supporting platforms that promotes Pacific arts and culture and we are proud to partner with Lagi Maama Academy & Consultancy to bring ‘PCF Tok Inspiration' series to life,” says Mr Fiso.
Lagi-Maama Academy and Consultancy is a New Zealand-based organisation, founded by Toluma’anave Barbara Makuati-Afitu of Samoan heritage and Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai of Tongan heritage.
In July 2020, Lagi-Maama had been commissioned by Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi to carry out a research project which led to the establishment of 'Tok Stori Tuesdays' series.
Since then, Lagi-Maama have released eight ‘Tok Stori’ episodes profiling Pacific art researchers from Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, Rotuma, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Niue, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea.
The partnership with PCF will then see the series being renamed to 'PCF Tok Inspiration' and will profile Pacific art researchers from the remaining Pacific islands which are: Samoa, Tokelau, Australia (Aboriginal), Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
“We see PCF as a perfect partner because we have the same values around wanting to ‘promote, connect, inform and enable our communities in the Pacific region’”, says Barbara Makuati-Afitu.
“This platform will continue the sharing of knowledge and connection to us here in Aotearoa, in the wider Moana Oceania (Pacific) and to our Moana Oceania (Pacific) diaspora worldwide.”
“We hope that the platform will start the needed shift of axis through the collective movement of disrupting the status quo,” says Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai.
“We also hope it engages with the younger generation (and those to come) to retain and use their indigenous knowledge systems as a foundation to build and stand firmly on; to take ownership of whatever shape and form it has revolved into.
“Overall, we want to inspire and empower our Pacific indigenous communities to create more of our own ‘safer’ platforms by being inclusive of all the nuances, tones and multiple identities that is of our Pacific region BY us and FOR us,” concludes Ms. Mahina-Tuai.
Image: L - R: Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai, PCF Chair Fiso John Fiso and Toluma’anave Barbara Makuati-Afitu