Toi o Tāmaki is excited to present Repatriate (2015 - ) a live-performance work by internationally renowned Tongan artist Latai Taumoepeau.

Repatriate is a powerful performance that demonstrates the dire impacts of climate change on Pacific nations. Located on the Edminston Forecourt, Taumoepeau dances in a Perspex glass tank wearing a life jacket and flotation devices around her midriff and arms. Over a period of 60-90 minutes, the tank slowly fills with water. Using the Tongan concept of faiva, Taumopeau performs an urgent poetic distress call using her body, repurposed props and modest materials. Struggling to maintain the choreography, the artist is eventually submerged. This powerful work demonstrates the impact of climate change for low-lying Pacific Island nations, specifically the threat of forced dispossession and displacement. The performance asks the audience to ponder what happens when an environment can no longer support its people: an entire culture will be submerged by the seas. 

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 25 April 2022