Tā ki tahi tā ki ʻuta = The one who can perform in both land and ocean is well a rounded person. A Tongan proverb

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Vikilani, Tevita Fuataimi Mahoni
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
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Unitec Institute of Technology
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2021
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Potauaine, Semisi
Hoskins, Raoul
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Masters Thesis
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Ōtāhuhu (Auckland, N.Z.)
Auckland (N.Z.)
New Zealand
Aotearoa
Pasifika community
performing arts centre design
cultural centres
Tongans in New Zealand
identity
Tongan architecture
Pasifika
identify
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Vikilani, T. F. M. (2021). Tā ki tahi tā ki ʻuta = The one who can perform in both land and ocean is well a rounded person. A Tongan proverb. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand. https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5749
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RESEARCH QUESTION How can the investigation of faiva generate a contemporary Pacific architecture that strengthens all Polynesian cultural identity? ABSTRACT Strengthening the cultural identities of Pacific and New Zealand born Polynesians living in New Zealand remains a rising issue. The ever-changing social and political environment over the years has caused this issue to shift accordingly. The influence of these contexts have resulted in a sense of disconnectedness with cultural identity within these groups. However, Polyfest has been a key event that strengthens the cultural identity of youth through performance. Polyfest allows students to embark on a cultural journey of identity by participating, practicing, learning and immersing themselves within their cultures through traditional dance and music. It allows students to strengthen bonds with one another and share a platform that allows them to discover their cultural identity through their traditional performances. The purpose is to create a cultural performing arts centre that can strengthen cultural identity of all Polynesian people. Investigation and analysis of faiva from Tongan culture will contribute to responding to this projects underlying issue.
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