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Upcoming Events

  • Pasifika 2024
    Pasifika 2024
    Sat, 09 Mar
    09 Mar 2024, 9:00 am NZDT – 10 Mar 2024, 5:00 pm NZDT
    Auckland, Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
    Pasifika Festival returns to Western Springs Park in 2024 for a celebration of all things Pacific on Saturday 9 March and Sunday 10 March. The iconic festival’s 8 villages are set to showcase the best of the 11 Pacific Island nations with world-class traditional and contemporary performances, sou
  • Britomart Saturday Markets
    Britomart Saturday Markets
    Sat, 16 Mar
    16 Mar 2024, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Auckland, Gore Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Join us for an amazing market of local arts and craft and the multicultural selections of food from around the world. From Nachos, elephant ears, mussle fritters, doughnuts, coffee and much more.
  • Celebrating Cultures
    Celebrating Cultures
    Sat, 23 Mar
    23 Mar 2024, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm NZDT
    Auckland, 163 Chapel Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2016, New Zealand
    Celebrating Cultures is back for 2024! Discover music and dance performances, explore the market full of treasures from around the world, and enjoy kai from over 15 different cultures. With free activities for kids, workshops for all ages, and games from around the world, there is something for eve

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What is It takes a Village

Step into a world where culture comes alive, where tradition meets creativity, and where every brushstroke tells a story. Welcome to It Takes a Village, where we are on a mission to celebrate and preserve the vibrant cultures of Aotearoa and beyond.

At It Takes a Village, we specialize in hand-painted Māori and Polynesian cultural resources, meticulously crafted to ignite curiosity and foster cultural pride. From intricately detailed peg doll pieces representing iconic structures like Fale O'o, Wharenui, and Pataka, to captivating myths and legends, each creation is a testament to our commitment to sharing the richness of our cultures with the world.

What sets us apart is not just our products but the personal touch we bring to every piece. With products painted live at markets, children and adults alike get a glimpse into the artistic process, fostering a deeper connection with our creations and the cultures they represent.

How we started.


It all began with a shared passion for education and a deep-rooted desire to fill a gap in cultural resources for children. With over two decades of kindergarten teaching experience in South Auckland, Pulusea Seumanu, alongside his brother Afa, a seasoned signwriter, recognized the need for Māori and Polynesian resources in early childhood education. Drawing from their Samoan heritage, they set out to create something truly special.

As proud Samoan and Chinese Kiwis, we infuse our creations with elements from our diverse heritage, celebrating the beauty of cultural fusion. From Chinese cultural additions to plans for exploring more cultures in the future, our goal is to create a tapestry of diversity that resonates with people from all walks of life.

Participation in markets and events has not only attracted crowds but also inspired suggestions for new products and cultures. From educators using our dolls as ice breakers to families seeking culturally rich resources, chess sets, wedding cake toppers, the demand for our creations continues to grow.

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