Fale-ship residency recipients announced by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust


Fale-ship residency recipients announced by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust has announced the recipients of its Fale-ship Residency programme for 2022.

A Moana evolution of the word fellowship, the Fale-ship Residencies provide support for a two-week residency for ten Tagata Moana creatives living in Aotearoa.

The 2022 Fale-ship Residency recipients are:

  • Dru Douglas (fashion)
  • Jonita Faletagoai (visual arts)
  • Siah Fina’i (sculpture/visual arts)
  • Jeffery Kalauta (music/sound art)
  • Ooshcon (dance)
  • Sheldon Rua (writer/poet)
  • Keciano Tufuga (visual arts)
  • Sefa Tunupopo (dance)
  • Linda Va’aelua (visual arts)
  • Eliza Vawdrey-Roy (visual arts)

The Residencies are open to all Pacific practitioners from across the arts and are granted by a selection panel of industry leaders.

Each artist receives a grant of NZD$2,000 to support the development of new or existing projects in their own creative centres, within their own homes or studios.

Residencies take place in September 2022 and at the conclusion of their residency, each of the 2022 Fale-ship Residency recipients will be showcased across Tautai’s online platforms between October – December 2022, activating and nurturing the Vā throughout the community both digitally and physically.

Learn more about each recipient below:

Dru Douglas

Fashion design

Originally from Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, Dru Douglas is an Auckland-based fashion designer. Dru has been influenced by everyday fashion in Papua New Guinea, which sees elements of bilas (traditional cultural dressing) combined with Western notions of dressing introduced by Christian missionaries. His fashion label ‘Lumai’ is a celebration and exploration of his Papua New Guinean heritage with a modern aesthetic. With a background in informational technology, Dru also works in the digital fashion space, utilising 3D rendering software in his design process to reduce waste in a more sustainable development process.

Eliza Vawdrey-Roy

Visual arts

Eliza Vawdrey-Roy is a multidisciplinary artist, of Samoan (Lona, Fagaloa Bay, Upolu), English and French descent. Her practice involves painting, drawing, writing, storytelling, film making and live activation. She cultivates healing, spirituality and connectivity through authentic embodiment. Her work explores reclamation of the Indigenous worldview; drawing inspiration from te taiao, fluidity, wāhine, the seen, the unseen and the foreseen.

Jeffery Kalauta (J.3PK)

Music / Sound art

Jeffery Kalauta is a New Zealand-born Tagata Niue music producer and digital media artist. His work ranges from Hip Hop tracks to experimental audio-visual work. Often looking back to his ancestral homeland of Niue, Jeffery explores cultural knowledge and challenging the presumed superiority of western thinking. He is also currently studying Law at Canterbury University, and is interested in international law, trade, and rights of indigenous peoples in the Pacific region.

Jonita Falegoia

Visual arts

Jonita Faletagoai, is a Samoan painter from the villages of Taga, Faleatiu, Vailele, and Fasito’o. Jonita acknowledges a range of experiences as influencing her creative paint practice, including her family, friends and her home in South Auckland. Her work also considers intersections between culture, community and identity.

Keciano Tufuga

Visual arts

Keciano Tufuga is an Auckland-based Samoan visual artist. He creates large mixed-media paintings and drawings that draw from a number of visual references including fa’a Samoa, anime and manga, film and music. Keciano creates work that reflects his own journey as a first- generation immigrant to New Zealand and the reclamation of his Samoan heritage and culture. Acknowledging the intrinsic nature of creativity, he believes young Pasifika are all natural born artists, and hopes that his work will inspire others to feel free to make.

Linda Va’aelua

Visual arts

Linda Va’aelua is visual artist of Samoan (Magiagi, Saleaula), Palagi and Scottish descent. Her work explores cultural identity and considers her own position as a Tagata Moana artist within the Samoan diaspora. Previous work has explored the Samoan concept of “le va” and the relational space between two different points, such as the relationship between self, God, culture, identity, life and afterlife.



Hailing from the villages of Vailele and Lalomanu in Samoa, Ooshcon is a dance specialist and mentor for young Pasifika and Māori men. Through their work within performance, workshop facilitating and mentoring, is the core belief – ‘Ina ia sosolo le alofa / so love may flow.’ Their primary tool for expression is the body, specialising within street dance techniques and forms, including waving, Krump, Hip Hop, body control and robot. Ooschon has directed, choreographed and performed in shows that have toured to San Diego, Mexico, Hawaii and Tahiti.

Sefa Tanupopo


Sefa Tanupopo is an artist of Samoan descent (Vaiala, Puipa’a) who centres movement and connection in his dance- performance practice. He is a recent graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance (2021), and has trained in street styles, specifically Hip Hop freestyle and krump. Through his practice, Sefa works to centre Indigenous and BIPOC people and perspectives.

Sheldon Rua

Writer / Spoken word poetry

Sheldon Rua is a Māori-Samoan, multidisciplinary creative born in Papakura, South Auckland. His street dance and spoken word poetry has been shared around the world online and at various events throughout Aotearoa. Through his creative work, Sheldon aims to recreate positive energy with humility and be a catalyst for change in every space he steps into.

Siah Fina’i

Visual arts / Sculpture

Siah Fina’i is a multidisciplinary creative from the villages of Fasito’outa and Nofoali’i, Upolu, Samoa. He specialises in contemporary Pasifika arts across digital fabrication, sketching, woodwork and sculpture. He draws inspiration from the pride he has in his Samoan heritage, exploring new ideas by revisiting traditional concepts of fa’a Samoa, and building connection to and awareness of his culture.



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