To Island

‘To Island’ turns on its head power and perspective, placing at the centre the islands as the global leaders of how to live in harmony with the environment and each other. At the heart of the poem, the importance of a reciprocal relationship of respect of our environment, nature and each other, as a way of life. The voice of academic and performer Katerina Teaiwa brings another rich texture and layer of meaning to the poem of resilience and enduring love.

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 by
Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa

Poetry performed by
Katerina Teaiwa

Visual Art by
Cora-Allan Lafaiki Twiss

Animation by
Moretekorohunga Lloyd

Music and Sound Design by
Laughton Kora

Taonga Pūoro by
Horomona Horo

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