Vaimoana Niumeitolu

US-based Tongan artist wins NZ arts residency

The New York-based actor, poet and artist is currently in Auckland and says she is honoured to be recognised for her work.

Niumeitolu has completed 24 community murals in Australia, Kenya, Jordan, New Zealand, Palestine, South Africa and in the United States: California, New York (Brooklyn and the Bronx) and Utah.

She will be in New Zealand for a month as part of her residency.

Niumeitolu said she is also proud to be in the country to celebrate Tongan Language Week which ends this weekend.