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Pacific Sisters

DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

•Caroline Vercoe & Robert Leonard

Kuri-ngai tuku, a legendary bird woman from Rotorua. Costume of flax, shell, feathers, bird skulls and fishnets by Suzanne Tamaki

Auckland is the biggest Polynesian city in the world. Here young New Zealand-born Pacific Islanders grow up with a mix of cultural messages: alongside the traditions of their parents and grandparents - incorporating dancing and feasting, performance, Christian morality and strong family values - there is the influence of hip-hop and the op-shop, streetwear and the Paris collections, Andy Warhol superstars, drag queens and…

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