Creating Treasures in Real and Virtual Worlds


Pou Kapua - A Treasure, A Gift

Pou Kapua is the largest Maori / Pacific carving in the world - created in reality and in virtual reality.

We create wonderful cultural treasures - in multiple media (stone, bronze, wood, fibre, digital, and more) that express stories of your culture, lands, people, histories, and legends.

Some of Pou Kapua Pacific projects are outlined here - along with a few links:

Pou Kapua – "A gift to the nation, a gift to the world". A Taonga, a Treasures, Pou Kapua is an excellent manifestation of the many wonderful relationships, alliances and networks that we have developed throughout our lifetimes; a demonstration of how these colourful and diverse people, groups and communities have been able to support a collective vision of cultural heritage and identity. A vision of native science, technology and innovation brought to life - for our families, friends and communities and indeed for the world to see and experience.

The largest Māori / Pacific Pou / totem in the world reaching 80 feet in height and weighing over 20 tonnes, Pou Kapua is carved from 2,000 year old magnificent ancient Kauri from the forests of the northern tribes, 50,000 year old swamp kauri, 1,000 year old totara, supported with carved steel, and adorned with paua, pounamu, bone and crystal. Standing as kaitiaki / guardians on each side of Pou Kapua are two impressive three-tonne moai, carved by expert sculptors from Rapanui / Easter Island.

Created and carved by team of master carvers and international Indigenous artists from around Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific Islands of Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii and Rapanui, and Indigenous nations of Australia, Alaska, Canada, and America, Pou Kapua creatively depicts enthrlling stories of creations and beginnings. Threaded throughout are the journeys and adventures of our ancestors, fascinating legends and absorbing histories of our migrations throughout the magnificent Pacific Ocean.

Many people supported the creation of Pou Kapua with precious resources, funding, skills and expertise, thousands of hours of time and boundless positive energy. These included many tribes and people of Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific, sponsors from trusts, businesses, government, NGO and community groups, families and individuals. Hundreds of people helped to bring this to fruition over many years.

Pou Kapua has found his standing place in Manukau. With the highest population of Maori and Pacific peoples in Aotearoa, and home to over 165 different ethnic and cultural groups, Manukau is one of the most culturally diverse areas of New Zealand. This vibrant and colourful region provides an appropriate home for Pou Kapua. As a gift to the people of Aotearos, in fulfilment of our dream, Pou Kapua can now be viewed an experienced by millions of people all year long, being accessible to all peoples at all times.  Pou Kapua is truly a wonderful symbol of our science and technology - our our identity and sovereignty.

Native Science Academy - see

World Tribe Canoe - see

With local California tribes Pou Kapua Academy have commenced conceptual designs for the creation of an Intertribal World Canoe as a catalyst for the development of an indigenous canoe academy which will be based in San Francisco. Taking a pathway similar to that of their co-creation of the magnificent Pou Kapua now standing in Manukau, the Intertribal World Canoe will bring native peoples from around the world to collaborate on this “functional living taonga” as an example of cross cultural understandings of world climate change and its effects on indigenous peoples. It will provide a way to support cultures, language and customs with the challenges that exist in the twenty first century.

This world canoe could serve as a sacred container for the “original instructions” of native peoples and create a symbolic lifeboat with essential seeds, foods, baskets, bundles, and teachings. As an educational, visual and artistic project enabling artists from around the world to take part, it will be unique and original and aid in changing perceptions through creative leadership.


Presenting at the October Bioneers Conference in 2009 and 2010 in San Francisco Tania and Wikuki spoke about language conservation using both traditional and contemporary approaches, methods and technologies; Pacific canoe traditions, enthonavigation, and cultural sustainability.  They shared stories of the meanings of taonga and cultural treasures, and the importance of the land, islands, waters, oceans and rivers of their tribes and nations.

Guardians of the Surui Rainforest, Amazon

Systems Design  / Research / Evaluation (sample of current and previous projects) 

  • Fanau Ola / Whanau Ora - Pacific and Maori/Indigenous health and wellbeing 
  • HAKAMANA Design / Development / Evaluation System
  • Healthy Eating Healthy Action (HEHA)
  • Health Sector Workforce (Health B4U; Physicians Assistant)
  • Midwifery - First Year of Practice; Rural Midwifery; Complex Care Training
  • Community Development / Social Entrepreneurship / Capacity Building
  • Mahi Aroha / Volunteering
  • Crime and Safety / Justice / Court Education for Young Witnesses
  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM Tonga)