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SPECIAL NOTICE

Our waka and outriggers will no longer be available until further notice.

We are OUT OF STOCK of these products.

We only have a few left which we are selling at the markets.

These have been our number 1 sellers. All products featuring waka and outriggers will be removed over the next few weeks from our website.

We will try our hardest to find quality waka and products that reflect our high standards.

We appreciate your time.

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NEW CULTURES COMING
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

Our Story

At It Takes a Village,

we specialize in hand painted/crafted

Multicultural Resources, meticulously crafted to ignite curiosity and foster cultural pride.

We started with our Māori and Polynesian cultures and now have moved into more cultures that are represented in our communities in Aotearoa.

cultures we have avaiable

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Fiji

Fiji

Tonga

Tonga

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

Maori

Maori

New Zealand

New Zealand

Rotuma

Rotuma

Samoa

Samoa

Kiribati

Kiribati

Hawaii

Hawaii

Biue

Biue

Tuvalu

Tuvalu

Tahiti

Tahiti

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Tokelau

Tokelau

China

China

India

India

cultures avaiable in august/september 2024

Cambodia

Cambodia

Vietnam

Vietnam

South Korea

South Korea

Japan

Japan

Phillipines

Phillipines

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Thailand

Thailand

Chile

Chile

Colombia

Colombia

Mexico

Mexico

Welcome to It Takes a Village

Samoan Purple

Samoan Purple

Waka

Waka

Tahiti

Tahiti

Titirangi Markets

Titirangi Markets

Samoan Logo

Samoan Logo

Waharoa

Waharoa

Polynesiand aiga

Polynesiand aiga

Family Reuinon

Family Reuinon

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Show set up

Show set up

Matariki Series

Matariki Series

Ulearn display

Ulearn display

Angles Nativity

Angles Nativity

Cavemen and Dinosaurs

Cavemen and Dinosaurs

3 Wisemen

3 Wisemen

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Chinese

Chinese

Upcoming Events

  • 20 Jul 2024, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Takutai Square, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    This market is buzzing from when it opens at 8am. With a wide range of stalls and foods, this would have to be one of our favourite markets we attend. A fusion of foods and arts and crafts. Many visitors to the Auckland CBD, event goers, students, residents and tourist love this market for its range

Click on the photo for resources relating to the title

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Peg Dolls

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Villages

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To the Sea

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Myths and Legends

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Special Projects

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Language Weeks

At It Takes a Village,

we specialize in hand painted/crafted Multicultural Resources, meticulously crafted to ignite curiosity and foster cultural pride.

We started with our Māori and Polynesian cultures and now have moved into more cultures that are represented in our communities in Aotearoa.

From intricately detailed peg doll pieces and villages representing iconic cultural structures 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.

We have been asked by many kaiako if we are able to paint some of the cultures they are experiencing growth in their  early childhood centres and schools.

Keep an eye out for our new cultures been released soon.

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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, we have been asked to make chess sets, wedding cake toppers and the demand for our creations continues to grow.

Volunteer painter at the Titirangi Village Markets, Sunday 24 March, 2024.

Our painter and designer, Tusiata paints at all of our events and markets. This is to show our audience how these pieces of art come to life. Many people compliment him on the steadiness of his painting and admire his work.
Tusiata gave a young lady a chance to come and paint one of the dolls. She agreed and took up the challenge.
Tusiata was able to guide her through the process and she enjoyed the experience. As many watched on, we took plenty of photos of this opportunity and asked permission to post photos on our social media platforms. The young lady recieved a doll as part of her contribution to the painting of the dolls.
We are looking to offer more opportunties to maybe inspire children to take up painting as a hobbie.

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