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VAKA 'A HINA | 2019

By Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine

VAKA ‘A HINA is a symbol of solidarity and togetherness, transcending cultures and spirituality. It is a lasting legacy of hope.

Commissioned by SCAPE Public Art. Photo by Heather Milne.

Commissioned by SCAPE Public Art. Photo by Heather Milne.

Ancient Tongan and Moana Oceania (Pacific) folklore provide the background story for VAKA ‘A HINA (meaning in English ‘Vessel of Hina’). Hina is a Tongan goddess who lives on the moon above the langi (sky) in vāvā (outer space) and travels frequently back and forth to maama (Earth). VAKA ‘A HINA can be imagined as the vessel or receptacle she uses as transportation on these intergalactic trips – it’s her vaka (canoe) – thus evoking ideas of travel, motion and movement.

At 16 metres tall (that’s around five storeys high), and constructed from weathering corten steel, it will have a resolute, continuous presence during day and night, with the ability to illuminate in a spectrum of colours to recognise significant occasions.

VAKA ‘A HINA points to the intersection or connection and separation of tā (time) and vā (space), on the abstract level, and kohi (lines) and va (spaces), on the concrete level, in the production of kupesi (elaborate and complex geometric designs), which move in multidirectional and multidimensional ways.

As a means of transportation, transformation or projection, VAKA ‘A HINA gives a sense of flight and escape into the realm of vāvā (outer space) away from the domain of vaha (seascape) on maama (Earth), where navigation as an art is conducted at their intersection or connection and separation.” – Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine, VAKA ‘A HINA sculptor.


Ways of Supporting

  • JOIN THE VAKA ‘A HINA SUPPORTERS

    Become a Maama – Earth, Langi – Sky, or Vāvā – Outer Space member

Support VAKA ‘A HINA by Tavakefai`ana Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine, a 16-metre tall sculptural beacon of Tongan and Aotearoa New Zealand cultures, with striking harmony, beauty, and symmetry.

Joining the VAKA ‘A HINA Supporters is your opportunity to invest in the cultural diversity and resilience of Christchurch’s community through this lasting visual symbol of unity.

Just like the Tangaloa (important family of Gods in Tongan mythology), you too can become immortalised in the Maama (Earth), Langi (Sky), or Vāvā (outer space); by joining one of three supporters’ levels, each contributing a different dollar amount.

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VĀVĀ – OUTER SPACE Supporter - $5,000 including gst

  • VAKA ‘A HINA miniature edition - 300mm painted steel sculpture

  • Tattoo design print by the artist that you can use to get a tattoo, or frame as an artwork

  • Small group dinner with the artist, supporters and team after the opening

  • Recognition on legacy signage on site of the sculpture and on the SCAPE Public Art website

  • Invitation to the opening of VAKA ‘A HINA for you plus one guest

  • A4 framed photo of VAKA ‘A HINA installed in Christchurch, signed by the artist

  • VAKA ‘A HINA limited edition brooch

LANGI – SKY Supporter - $3,000 including gst

  • Tattoo design print by the artist that you can use to get a tattoo, or frame as an artwork

  • Small group dinner with the artist, supporters and team after the opening

  • Recognition on legacy signage on site of the sculpture and on the SCAPE Public Art website

  • Invitation to the opening of VAKA ‘A HINA for you plus one guest

  • A4 framed photo of VAKA ‘A HINA installed in Christchurch, signed by the artist

  • VAKA ‘A HINA limited edition brooch

MAAMA – EARTH Supporter - $1,000 including gst

  • Recognition on legacy signage on site of the sculpture and on the SCAPE Public Art website

  • Invitation to the opening of VAKA ‘A HINA for you plus one guest

  • A4 framed photo of VAKA ‘A HINA installed in Christchurch, signed by the artist

  • VAKA ‘A HINA limited edition brooch

VAKA 'A HINA Fan Club
  • ADDITIONAL ways to support

    VAKA ‘A HINA Limited editions

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VAKA ‘A HINA miniature

300mm tall. Painted steel

$950 including gst

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VAKA ‘A HINA sculpture

2.4 m tall. Weathering corten steel

$11,500 including gst

National and International shipping fee additional, email Michelle to arrange shipping before placing an order.

*All online orders will incur a 2.5% credit card processing fee


Flexible payment options are available upon request.

To organise your payment or donation by other means, or if you have further questions contact:

Michelle Callingham +64 365 7990 | michelle@scapepublicart.org.nz

All donations are tax deductible.


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About the Sculptor

Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine works as a multi-media artist, across a number of disciplines, notably architecture, sculpture, tattooing, painting, weaving and computer graphic design. Sēmisi was born, raised and trained in the old culture in Tonga and educated in Aoteroa-New Zealand and abroad in art and architecture. His practice, lectures and research concentrates on ta–va (time and space), culture and language, theory and practice and, art and literature amongst others. He has co-authored books and book chapters, published book chapters and journal articles, and is the principal illustrator of a new Pacific children’s book series.

In 2017, he was commissioned to create MANUĒSINA (White bird/White angel) for Sculpture on the Gulf at Waiheke Island. He was commisioned in 2012 for the production of the Ministry of Tourism Tonga for Tunavakamea & Hinavakamea, two 8 metre high steel sculptures for Nuku`alofa’s waterfront. He was awarded the Commonwealth International Connections Art Residencies 2009, where he produced a number of works ranging from graphic art to steel and wood sculptures at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.


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