Samoan New Zealand artists

Arts initiative giving disabled Pasifika opportunities to develop

Musician Pati Umaga and inter-disciplinary artist Pelenakeke Brown said the residency would give the artists an opportunity to collaborate digitally and allow them to have sovereignty over their identity.

Standing up for the rights of others runs in his blood. His grandfather Pau Umaga was a pivotal part of the Mau movement that led Samoa to gain its independence in 1962.

In 2005, Umaga suffered an accident that left him paralysed. However, his activism and musical skills has only spurred him further to advocate for the disability community.