Solo o le Vasa | Poem of the Sea

What is shared are extracts from ‘Solo o le Vasa/ Poem of the Sea’ by writer and artist  Frances C. Koya Vaka‘uta. There is beauty in her words and her voice that gives us a place to understand our relationship with our environment, nature and each other, both past and present.  It articulates the importance of defining our own narrative and shifting the terms of meaning and understanding.

Pasifika Voices 2022 features a collection of gifted Pacific poets joined by indigenous artists to create an artistic, insightful, digitally enhanced offering in this curated series of nine video poems.

The Mana Moana – Pacific Voices collection of video works was created to amplify and support the Pacific to drive global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This collection is the second in a series that began in 2021.  These poems have been gathered from our Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa to reflect the voices and experiences of our past and present Poets, providing offerings of wisdom and insight for a new generation.

This initiative is supported by Aotearoa New Zealand and coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Storybox, with the support of Pacific Islands poets and artists, to amplify the Pacific voice at COP27.

The Artists


Poetry written & performed by
Frances C. Koya Vaka‘uta

Video Art & Animation by
Manatoa Productions – Kennedy Kioa Faimanifo, Lee Tawhai, Dmytro Vlasov, Waiari MacMillan

Music and Sound Design by
Mona Sanei

2022 Series Credits

Special Curator Poetry
Audrey Brown-Pereira

Mana Moana Curators
Rachael Rakena
Mike Bridgman

Executive Producer
Rob Appierdo

Amanda Walker

Production Managers
Andrew Croot
Ruth Korver

Post Production Support
Moretekorohunga Lloyd

Graphic Design
Kimi Moana Whiting

Music Direction
Laughton Kora

Music Composition & Sound Design
Laughton Kora, Tiki Taane, Mona Sanei

Sound Engineering
Tiki Taane

Made with support from Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University

Produced by Storybox and Mana Moana

Thanks and acknowledgement to everyone involved in creating these works.

Full credits are at the end of the video