NZSL Interpreted Tour of the exhibition

A celebration of the Pacific Sisters - ground-breaking Pacific and Māori fashion designers, artists and performers

Join us for a NZSL interpreted tour with Ron Brownson (Auckland Art Gallery’s Senior Curator, NZ and Pacific Art), Feeonaa Wall (Artist) and Cruze Kapa (Fashion Designer). This tour is especially for Deaf and hard of hearing people and their friends and family.

NZSL Interpreted Exhibition Tour: Sunday 3 March 1.00pm
Meeting Point
Auckland Art Gallery foyer
FREE but RSVP essential. RSVP here or TEXT 0210 593 913

NZSL Video about Pacific Sisters Exhibition
NZSL Video about creation of Pacific Sisters work 

The Pacific Sisters is a group of Pacific and Māori fashion designers, artists, performers, and musicians that shook up Auckland in the 1990s. The Pacific Sisters include Lisa Reihana, Rosanna Raymond, Ani O’Neill, Suzanne Tamaki, Selina Haami, Niwhai Tupaea, Henzart @ Henry Ah-Foo Taripo, Feeonaa Wall, and Jaunnie ‘Ilolahia.

This exhibition is a celebration of the Pacific Sisters’ ground-breaking style, their daring and original performances and their art that changed the contemporary art scene, and the way people thought. Through their art, music, fashion and film they brought the missing Pacific voice to the mainstream art scene and helped to create recognition for Pacific and Māori artists in the future.   


Pacific Sisters is a collective including
Lisa Reihana, Ngāpuhi/Aotearoa 
Rosanna Raymond, Hāmoa/Aotearoa 
Ani O'Neill, Aotearoa/Kuki Airini 
Suzanne Tamaki, Aotearoa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Maniapoto 
Selina Haami, Hāmoa/Aotearoa 
Niphi Tupaea, Ngāti Katoa, Aotearoa 
Henzart @ Henry Ah-Foo Taripo, Aotearoa/Kuki Airini 
Feeonaa Wall, Aotearoa/Hāmoa/Wīreni/Tiamani 
Jaunnie ‘Ilolahia, Tonga/Aotearoa

Kaitiaki with a K; Tāulaolevai: Keeper of the Water (Tuna) (cloak) 2017, New Zealand by Pacific Sisters.
Installation view. Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists, 2018, Toi Art, Te Papa. Photograph by Kate Whitely.

21st Sentry Cyber Sister 1997, New Zealand by Pacific Sisters, Ani O’Neill, Niphi Tupaea, Rosanna Raymond, Suzanne Tamaki, Te Papa (FE011080) and Leai se Fefe (Costume to offset the Acid thought of Doubt) 2016 by Feeonaa Wall. Installation view. Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists, 2018, Toi Art, Te Papa.


Developed and toured by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Pacific Sisters’ fashion is activism... because fashion offered a way to combat stereotypes.

— Ioana Gordon-Smith, The Pantograph Punch