In the third instalment of the seven-part series on significant wāhine toa in women’s sports, Vea Mafile’o talks about being a part of the biggest Polynesian community in the world here in Tāmaki Makaurau, and her passion for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.
As well as being the director and producer of Malosi Pictures, Mafile’o is also behind the Taro Patch Creative, a family-led art initiative. “The Taro Patch Creative is an initiative started by me and my siblings, and we do storytelling with marginalised Pacifica and Māori communities. Ultimately, it is about finding ways for our communities to thrive and heal,” she says.
“Tāmaki Makaurau has the biggest Polynesian community in the world. We really are a vibrant, loud, and friendly culture,” Mafile’o says through a chuckle.
“I really hope visitors attending the FIFA Women’s World Cup will explore outside the city, coming into the heart of our South Auckland communities and go to things like the Ōtara markets, because it is just a different experience. And for all of us, that is where our heart is.”
Watch the video below to hear Vea Mafile’o talk about her personal connection to the FIFA Women’s World Cup and why she is excited for her sons to watch.
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