100 Love Poems

100 Love Poems


John Puhiatau Pule is one of the foremost leading contemporary artists and poets of Niue and Aotearoa. ‘100 Love Poems’ reflects the relationship of his visual artwork and poetry of Pacific migration, our relationship with the environment and the symbols we hold within us to maintain our resilience, our memories of ‘home’ and our aspirations of hope and love.

Poetry written & performed by
John Puhiatau Pule

Music and Sound Design by
Tiki Taane

Full credits at the end of the video

Artist Bio

John Puhiatau Pule

John Puhiatau Pule is one of the foremost leading contemporary artists and poets of Niue and Aotearoa. Born in the village of Liku, Niue, John Pule moved to New Zealand with his family in 1964. He has lived most of his adult life in Aotearoa NZ, and recently returned to Niue where he is now based.

Pule has published two novels, four books of poems, and co-wrote a study of a traditional Niuean artform, Hiapo. He began painting in 1987, participating in the first important exhibitions to showcase Pacific Island art, and numerous solo shows. He has participated at numerous international art biennales, artist residencies and writing fellowships. 

He received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2004 and in 2012 he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as an author, poet and painter. 

Tiki Taane

Artist, Producer, Experimentalist.

One of the country’s most well-known and diverse artists and producers, Tiki Taane is considered to be an influential element in the pioneering of New Zealand’s bass culture, as well as the country’s most prolific and talented “genre-bending experimentalist”.

Tiki has produced multi-platinum singles and albums, not only for himself but for top NZ artists such as Salmonella Dub, Shapeshifter and Six60.

His production also includes projects with LAB, Kora, Katchafire, Sticky Fingers, Michael Franti, Shihad, Blindspott, Rob Ruha, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, just to name a few. You can find out more about Tiki’s past, present and future by visiting his website –