Come and experience an audio described tour of this ground-breaking exhibition featuring Pacific and Māori fashion designers, artists, and performers.

Audio described and touch tour of the exhibition: Sunday 3 March 10.30am
Meeting point
Auckland Art Gallery foyer
FREE but RSVP essential. See below for details or phone 09 374 0310  or email us here 

An audio described tour with Auckland Art Gallery's Senior Curator, NZ and Pacific Art, Ron Brownson and Nicola Owen from Audio Described Aotearoa.

A collective of Pacific and Māori fashion designers, artists, and performers, the Pacific Sisters electrified 1990s Auckland, bringing the ground-breaking style of an urban, New Zealand–born Pacific generation to the mainstream. Through pioneering, daring shows, the Pacific Sisters overturned stereotypes about Pacific culture, ‘dusky maiden’ beauty and sexuality. 

A major retrospective, Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists showcases the collective’s innovative costumes and performances, which began as street style before expanding into multimedia experiences in venues from art galleries to night clubs. 


Phone 09 374 0310


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Low-vision (white background) HERE
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Screen reader friendly HERE 

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Email the completed form to [email protected] 
Phone 09 374 0310 if you would like assistance to book, transport advice or to request a companion


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