As members of the Aotearoa Delegation for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 held in Guāhān (Guam) we were exposed to the vast beauty of the many different Pacific nations. 27 Islands attended the festival, each one bringing their own unique culture & rich history weaving it into their costumes, songs, art work, crafts & skin (& in our case large buildings).

It was there that our passion for people & art culminated into a deeper desire to share their stories.  Our goal over the next 11 years is to paint murals in each of the islands represented in Guåhån, painting their native/endemic birds & collaborating with local & indigenous artists.  Working together with environmental organisations & governmental departments on the island we aim to bring awareness to their native/endemic birdlife & in particular those that are nearing extinction alongside the beauty of the people in the land.  Documenting our process we want to collect these stories & apply to present them at the 2020 festival held in Hawaii.

Project Paint the Pacific is our modern day journey across the moana.  Visiting islands & places aiming to enhance the natural beauty that over time has been lost in many places due to colonisation & the effects of environmental issues.  If we can bring more awareness to their beautiful tāonga (treasures) wether that is birds, people & places then we will do all we can to make that happen.

Through personal fundraising & the help of local organisations we have had the privilege of painting in some of those nations so far.  If you would like to support us through networking, local connections or financially to get us over there & ship our materials then we humbly invite you to make a donation by contacting us directly.

GUÅHAN (GUAM) 2016
Ko'ko bird
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Sihek
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The Ko'ko bird
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Gax Art Exhibition
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Manu & Maunga
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The process
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NZ Air Force
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Proud flag bearers
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Opening ceremony
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Mural blessing
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Aotearoa proud
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Fire dancing
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Roomies
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Out on the moana
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Kohoutu Maxwell
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Tools of the trade
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BORA BORA 2018
Otātare
Otātare

Bora Bora - Ono'u Festival 2018

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Otātare
Otātare

Sports complex Bora Bora

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Bora Bora
Bora Bora

Local helpers

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14-6-18-4750
14-6-18-4750
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Main harbour
Main harbour

Bora Bora

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Island Tour
Island Tour
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Local Bus
Local Bus
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Bora Bora
Bora Bora
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Exhibition
Exhibition

City Council Building - Martha Cooper

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Tourists
Tourists
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AUAT Trust
AUAT Trust
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Uturoa
Uturoa

Raiatea

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School workshop
School workshop

Raiatea

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Local school bus
Local school bus

Raiatea

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Ono'u Festival Team 2018
Ono'u Festival Team 2018
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Raiatea
Raiatea

Excursion to the moth

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TAHITI - RAIATEA 2016
Viliamu Tupaea
Viliamu Tupaea

Ra'iātea Island

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Ōmām'o (Tahitian Monarch)o (Tahitian Monarch)
Ōmām'o (Tahitian Monarch)o (Tahitian Monarch)
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Ko wai koe?
Ko wai koe?

Tahiti Street Art Museum

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Opening
Opening

Tahiti Street Art Museum

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Install
Install
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Mural blessing
Mural blessing

Descendent of the great navigator Tupaea, Viliamu Tupaea & local design work

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Our process
Our process
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Taputapuatea
Taputapuatea
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The crowds
The crowds
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Tahitian sunset
Tahitian sunset
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Ra'iātea
Ra'iātea

The entrance to the village of the great navigator Kupe

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Local blessing
Local blessing
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Ancient spaces
Ancient spaces
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Sunset
Sunset
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Marae
Marae
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Local welcome
Local welcome
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RAROTONGA 2017
K
K

Local land owners, Cook Island National Environmental Services & elders

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The team
The team
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Ani Oneil
Ani Oneil

Our host for the stage & accommodation sponsor

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The process
The process
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Taking photos
Taking photos
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Rarotonga
Rarotonga
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Rainy process
Rainy process
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Papua waterfalls
Papua waterfalls
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Working
Working
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Raining
Raining
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Helping out
Helping out
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Late night dinners
Late night dinners
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Lunch time
Lunch time
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Numa Mckenzie
Numa Mckenzie
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Hibiscus
Hibiscus
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Rarotonga
Rarotonga
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TONGA 2017
Creative team
Creative team

Charles & Janine Williams, Tanya & Ruby Edwards, Benjamin Work

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Mural blessing
Mural blessing

Tanoa International Dateline Hotel

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Custom plywood artwork
Custom plywood artwork

Talanoa International Dateline

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Custom plywood artwork
Custom plywood artwork

Talanoa International Dateline

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Locals
Locals
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Locals
Locals
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Family at a wedding
Family at a wedding
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Researching the royal mounds
Researching the royal mounds
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Prep
Prep
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Mural
Mural
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Tanoa International Dateline
Tanoa International Dateline
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