Our Fale Pasifika is one of the more iconic buildings on campus. We are part of the University's Pacific community and the Fale is our spiritual home.
Our Fale Pasifika plays an important role as the touch-point between the University and Pacific communities.
In most Pacific communities, the role that a central structure, such as our Fale Pasifika, has in the setting of a "village green" or malae (marae), is to be the centre of focus for communal activities. In parts of Polynesia for example, over the course of any given day, the village fale will serve a number of purposes. In the mornings, it is likely to be the venue for women’s committees to meet on issues to do with family and communal health or to work together on various forms of heritage arts (weaving fine mats, making tapa, etc.) for important upcoming events.
In the later part of the afternoon, the fale will be the venue for meetings of the village elders and in the evenings, it is likely to be the venue for village social events. On special occasions, such as the bestowal of chiefly titles, the fale will be the focal point for the formalities and communal celebrations.
For most Pacific communities, such a fale is more than just a physical structure: it is their point of reference for activities that are central to their cultural expression and it gives them a sense of place and community. Equally, the University’s Fale Pasifika, plays a similar role in our outreach and relationship with Pacific communities.
Take a virtual tour of our Fale Pasifika Complex and listen to the Pacific artists talk about their artwork.
The art of tapa is passed to a new generation as part of the Pacific Heritage Artists in Residence at our Fale Pasifika.
Take a virtual tour of our fale and the malae. Listen to the Pacific artists talk about their artwork.
Traditional tatau (tatoo) is performed as part of the Pacific Heritage Artists in Residence at our Fale Pasifika.
Take a virtual tour of our malae. Listen to the Pacific artists talk about their artwork.
A range of traditional weaving created by eight Niuean women in their role as Pacific Heritage Artists in Residence.
Pacific performance students present the creative works that they have been focusing on all semester.
Our Fale Pasifika is a place for our Pacific community to gather for important events.
Who to talk to and how to book the use of the Fale.
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