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Pacific Artist and Sculptor Donates Artwork

Pacific artist and sculptor, Sharlene Helg Ngatupuna has donated a piece of artwork to Vaka Tautua, on behalf of her parents, Stanley and the late Cecilia Helg. The painting was unveiled by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop, at the organisation’s Manukau office today.

Amanda-Lanuola, a long-time admirer of Sharlene’s work, said the organisation was blown away by her and her parent’s kindness and generosity. The vibrant work features different fruit from across the Pacific in a tanoa (kava bowl), surrounded by different flowers of the Pacific.

The donated artwork by Sharlene Helg Ngatapuna.

“We are blessed to have been gifted such a beautiful piece of art; and one that captures us as Pacific peoples so brilliantly – bright, colourful and vibrant; and while different, all belonging together (in the tanoa),” Amanda-Lanuola said.

Sharlene said the artwork, commissioned by her father, was gifted to Vaka Tautua “for the fabulous services and blessings for our Pacific peoples.”

“It is a privilege to serve our Pacific peoples, and to work with them to achieve their health and wellbeing goals and aspirations,” said Amanda-Lanuola. “This beautiful piece of art will remind us of that, and why we are here, on a daily basis.”

The artwork is hanging in a reception area of the Vaka Tautua’s Manukau office.

Dr Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop officially unveiling the artwork at Manukau today.


Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social services provider. Established in 2007 by the PIASS and Malologa Trusts, we are a not-for-profit limited liability company registered with the Charities Commission.

We meet industry standards and have quality accreditation. We hold DAA Group Certification against Standard NZS 8134:2008 Health and Disability Services; Ministry of Social Development Social Sector Accreditation Standards Level 2, and Accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

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