• Pasifika Internship Programme 2019

    Tautai is thrilled to open applications for the sixth year of the Pasifika Internship Programme. The Programme is funded by Creative New Zealand and proudly delivered by Tautai to develop future Pacific arts managers and leaders, support Pacific arts infrastructure, and establish pathways for emerging Pacific practitioners to build their arts management skills.

    Six internships are available to Pasifika arts practitioners across all disciplines that are keen to build their experience in arts administration. We are now inviting applications from suitably qualified, hard-working, enthusiastic and determined people who are serious about forging a career in the arts.

    The Internships are paid and will run for 20 weeks, working 40 hours a week. The 20 week placement needs to be completed before December 2019.

    From 2019 the Internship programme will operate on a Tuakana Teina model. Three Tuakana (mentors) will each look after two Teina (interns) – supporting them throughout the duration of their Internship journey and strengthening their connections to the wider Pacific arts sector.

    Our outstanding Tuakana for 2019 are our pioneering alumni from our first ever intake in 2014 – Grace Taylor, Paul Fagamalo and Amiria Puia-Taylor. Biographies for each of our amazing Tuakana are below.


    Grace Taylor is of Samoan, English, Japanese heritage born and raised in Auckland, Aotearoa. Mother, Poet, Writer, Performer. Grace has two published works with ala press (HawaiÊ»i), Afakasi Speaks (2013), and Full Broken Bloom (2017). Writer of ATC commissioned poetic theatre show My Own Darling (2015 & 2017) she has also directed two theatre shows for Auckland Theatre Company (2014 & 2017). She won the CNZ Emerging Pacific Artist Award (2014) & the Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant (2016). Grace has been part of the leadership for the spoken word poetry movement in Aotearoa, having worked with young people in youth development and the Arts since 2006. She held the Visiting International Writer in Residence at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Jan – May 2018).



    Paul Fagamalo has been actively involved in the Pacific Arts scene and the wider Arts scene in Aotearoa for the past ten years, and has worked with numerous companies within the industry, including Auckland Theatre Company, Last Tapes, Le Moana Dance Company, Black Grace and Tikilounge Productions. He has performed in various musicals, theatre shows and live performances both nationally and internationally – notable productions include Sia Figel’s Where We Once Belonged by Dave Armstrong, which toured in 2011 and 2012 to the Brisbane International Arts Festival and the Otago Arts Festival respectively. Paul was also one of the original cast members of Kila Kokonut Krew’s The Factory that toured Australia and went to the Edinburgh Festival in 2014.

    Paul is currently the Talent Development Manager at the New Zealand Film Commission and he is excited to support the next generation of Pacific artists.














    Amiria Puia-Taylor

    Māori (Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua me Ngāti Tiipa)

    Cook Islands (Ngāti Karika, Ngāti Vakatini/Bishop)

    Samoa (Schwalger) and Tahiti (Pomare)

    Amiria Puia-Taylor is a new cultural leader dedicated to bringing communities together through the arts. She was born in Central Auckland and raised in both South (by way of her turangawaewae in Waiuku) and Central Auckland; the marriage of both regions now has her proudly residing in Onehunga.

    Amiria founded the mural arts initiative Painting for the People (PFTP), PFTP transitioned into the visual arts arm of youth arts charity Aotearoa Urban Arts Trust (AUAT) that Amiria and her urban contemporary arts colleagues Dr Olivia Laita and Janine Willams relaunched in 2017 at Studio 40, Onehunga. Amiria has held various leadership roles in both the public and private sector over the years from Creative Director to Chairperson to Cultural Advisor. These days she is running her own business The People Weaver providing cultural and creative services to artists, community groups and organisations. In addition, Amiria is the Co-Founder, Business and People Lead of The 312 Hub, a treasured youth-led space in the heart of Onehunga.


    Applicants must have a tertiary qualification and/or minimum of three years continuous experience working within the arts.

    Once confirmed, Tautai will work with the selected interns to secure placements with appropriate host organisations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.


    To apply, please email a cover letter and a CV to Anna-Louise at

    Applications close January 18, 2019 and selections will be made by early February 2019.

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