In truth, I have gathered you all from the same garden.

In truth, I have gathered you all from the same garden.


‘In truth, I have gathered you all from the same garden’ is a poignant reminder that despite our differences, that we have a shared humanity and relationship with nature and our environment. This is the opening poem of Mana Moana Pasifika Voices brought to you as an overarching visual poem from the trail blazing academic, thought leader and creative, the late Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa who continues to gift us with her generosity of knowledge, perspective and spirit.

Poetry written by
Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa

Poetry performed by
Katerina Teaiwa

Artwork by
Kimi Moana Whiting

Animation by
Moretekorohunga Lloyd

Music and Sound Design
Laughton Kora

Taonga Pūoro
Horomona Horo

Full credits at the end of the video

Artist Bio

Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa

Poet and scholar Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa was born in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, to an I-Kiribati and Banaban father and African American mother, and was raised in Fiji. She was the author of the poetry collection, Searching for Nei Nim’anoa (1995) and co-author of Last Virgin in Paradise: A One-Act Play (1993, with Vilsoni Hereniko). Her creative work was also published in Terenesia: Amplified Poetry and Songs by Teresia Teaiwa and Sia Figiel (2000) and I can see Fiji: poetry and sound by Teresia Teaiwa (2008, featuring Des Mallon and produced by Hinemoana Baker).  

Teaiwa is internationally known for her ground-breaking scholarship, teaching and mentoring in Pacific Studies. She earned a BA from Trinity College in Washington, DC, an MA in History from the University of Hawai‘i, and a PhD in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She taught history and politics at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, before moving to New Zealand to found Pacific studies at Victoria University, Wellington. 

Teresia died in March 2017. It was a loss that reverberated throughout the Pacific community in the region and around the world. Sweat and Salt Water: selected works by Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa (2021) is a collection of some of her most influential writing.

Kimi Moana Whiting

Kimi Moana Whiting is a multi-talented illustrator and designer of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui descent. She graduated from Massey University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design with Honours. Her distinctive lively style and approach embraces colour and movement.  Her work is varied and includes her independent artistic practice and work for clients including Google, Wellington City Council, City Gallery Wellington, The Electoral Commission and many more.


Moretekorohunga Lloyd

More (Te Whakatōhea, Te Aupōuri) graduated from Massey University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Media Productions.  He specialises in 2D Animation and Illustration.  He’s already put these skills to great use for a number of artistic and client based projects as part of the core team at Storybox.  More grew up in Napier, Hawkes Bay speaking te reo as his first language at Te Kura Kaupapa o Te Ara Hou and brings a wealth of knowledge from his Māori heritage to all his projects.