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Our Why

We found few resources representing the cultural diversity of tamariki in ECE centres and schools which were affordable and of high quality. 

Our experiences as teacher and artist, contributed to the formation of It takes a Village. Our aim is to support our tamariki in making their cultures visible and normalised in both their everyday play and learning environments. 

Our ancestors have paved the way for us through village life and it is through our cultural narratives, we remember our histories and journeys.


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Previous Competitions

Colouring Competition (31st August)
Congratulations to Karman and Hunter (Over 5 years winners)
Congratulations to Fletcher and Tory (Under 5 years old winners)
Thank you to everyone that entered.

ECE EXPO Fale and Family of 10 Giveaway (August 7th)
Congratulations to Jen T who won our brand new Fale O'o and a Family of 10.
We had over 130 participate, thank you.

Language Weeks Flags Competition winners from May/June,2022.
Congratulations to Georgina Bentley and Juliet King who were
our winners for this competition.
Georgina wins a 10 language weeks package of families of 6
while Juliet won a 28cm Māori waka with 8 whānau.

Village Competition winners March 2022.

Congratulations to Rangikura school in Porirua who won our Village Competition.
Afa (our designer and painter) hand delivered the prize to the school ($600 of products). Thank you Rangikura school for the warm reception you gave us.
Greenmeadows School in Napier will receive their prize soon of a waka with 8 whānau.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more competitions or subscribe to our email.


Such a beautiful piece of work.

The kids at kindy will love it. Will buy again.


Just wanted to say fa'afetai lava.

Our Samoan dolls arrived and we love them.

Such attention to detail and unique.

Just like our Aiga of 4.

My son and daughter love them.


I saw them at Matariki.

We were blown away from the detailed work.

Awesome mahi and love their journey from

where they had started from.


I've seen photos of the peg dolls online

and they are great.

You actually have to see them in person

to appreciate all the fine

detailing that goes into it.

Truely amazing stuff.


I’m so happy to see my culture and many others that are not well represented in resources. These are so beautiful and clever to include the minor cultures that don’t get much exposure. Language weeks have a bit more meaning now for me.


The best hand painted products I have 

purchased in a long time.

This is true art and love how they got it right.

I love my pieces of art.


Such a cool idea and loved how they turned out. Will def be buying one for everyone in my family.


Taste of Pasifika was awesome and when

I saw It takes a Village and their products,

It was another level. Their stall was so cool with heaps of our cultures and whānau. Love their work.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the payment options?

You can pay by credit card, bank money transfer and Afterpay. You can ask for an invoice to be created and sent to you. You will then have to make sure that it gets to the right person for payment.

Please note once payment is received your order will move along the process line to start.

What is your return policy?

We do not provide you with a refund if you change your mind and decide you do not want your products.

You must choose carefully before you order.

As each product is ‘made to custom order’, we can not refund or exchange your product unless it has been damaged in delivery.


If an item is damaged during delivery, you must contact us by email ( with photos within 2 days of receiving your product(s).

Once contact has been made with us, we can negotiate a repair or a replacement. Product must be sent back to our base at your cost before we can repair or replace your product.

The product sent back to you from our base will be free delivery

How long will it take to complete orders?

As the peg dolls and outriggers are made to order, these to take a long time to hand paint and dry. As they are small and have fine patterns and lines in their design, it does take a while to individually hand paint them all. We need all the products to dry in natural environments and not with heat guns or controlled environments. When products are heated with heat guns, most of the time only the outside is dry but not the inside layers. This causes layers to be soft, not dry properly and you can leave smudge marks or finger print marks. Normal lead times are 4-5 weeks. Delivery is also experiencing delays around the country in certain regions.

Do you reuse packaging?

Yes we do.

To make it more cheaper but friendly to the environment, we try and reuse packaging as much as we can. We will always take care of our products and please know we will protect them as much as we can.

Do you have other social media sites?

Yes we do.

We have facebook, Instagram and Tiktok accounts.

Facebook and Instagram would be the two account which are up to date with everything that is happening eg new products, competitions, next location we would be at...

So if you want to know more of what we do, find us online and join our communities.

Why are the so many shipping options?

As shipping depends on weight and size,   we have have to take in consideration the sizes of our Fale, Marae and other structures.

Please make sure you choose shipping for the biggest structure or combination of structures. If you are not sure, please email us and we can make sure you choose the right option. If you choose the wrong option, it could lead to a delay in your order, a cancelled order or futher payment for right shipping option to be resovled.




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SUNDAYS 4:30-10:30
Birkenhead (HIGHBURY)

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Please check our FB Calendar for Dates and Times.

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