Permaculture by Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i


Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i reads her own poem Permaculture, written in response to the exhibition Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

Lonnie Hutchinson Pigeon Tarot
Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū; purchased, 2004

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I am the meeting house

The speaking and the high chief

I am the women's committee

And the untitled men's group

I am the unborn


I am the church

The singing congregation

I am the pastor

And, I am the sermon

Today and tomorrows


I am the hurricane

I am the west wind

I am the test of resilience

The arching coconut tree

I am the Red Cross


I am the giant taro

The cassava and the breadfruit

I am the Ti leaf

In your garden

Your medicine of choice


I am the ve’a bird

The frigate flyer and bat

I am the turtle, the octopus

The wide-mouth shark

That snaps.


I am Sina

I am the eel

I am the stories

From the bush

Hiding in the mirror


I am the rock

The God of the Sea

I am the beginning

And the end

Fa’avavau, Fa’avavau lava