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  • Tuesdays, to
    04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Shilohm Vaeluaga Filipi , Pacific Dance New Zealand
TAPAC class

Run by Pacific Dance New Zealand, these free classes are for girls aged 5-13 to learn more about the dances, customs and ceremonies of the Pacific. These classes offer valuable contact with students cultural heritage, boost the confidence of the children and instills a sense of pride in their culture.

“It has benefited our children by connecting and learning more about their culture. It has grown their self-confidence and sense of identity”


“It has helped her learn more about her culture and heritage and to understand her grandparents and how they lived”


“She’s gained confidence in Samoan language, dance, meeting new friends and being in a new environment. It’s very important that these classes are free, she wouldn't be able to do them otherwise”


Children will learn to work together and appreciate cultural dance forms of the Pacific such as Siva Samoa. They will also learn costume-making skills and ceremonial tasks such as the 'ava’ ceremony.

Lead Tutor Shilohm Vaeluaga Filipi is an experienced Siva Samoa choreographer and dancer, and holds the title of Miss Samoa NZ, and 1st Runner Up for Miss Samoa 2022. Shilohm uses her Miss Samoa platform to promote the importance of Samoan language and keeping the language and culture alive outside of the island nation.

Classes are for children aged 5-13 years, but exceptions can be made for older youth.

All children are required to have a lavalava (sarong) for class.

These classes are made possible thanks to Lottery Funding 

Teaching artist

Shilohm Vaeluaga Filipi

Shilohm Vaeluaga Filipi

Teaching Artist

As the former Miss Samoa NZ and 1st Runner Up for Miss Samoa 2022, Shilohm has a strong passion in showcasing the Samoan culture, especially the art of Siva Samoa. During her reign, she was invited to and took part in many school events, promoting the Samoan language to students from around Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin. She utilised her Miss Samoa NZ platform to promote the importance of the Samoan language to the diasporic youth and emphasised on our role in keeping the language and culture alive outside of our island nation.

In 2022, she launched her business, Teine’s Creations, which she shares and sells her handmade jewellery/crafts and also offers a Siva Samoa choreography service for special events; with a lot of interests coming from bridal parties or family groups for birthdays and weddings.

Shilohm is employed through the University of Otago (based in the Otara office), and works in the Pacific Community Engagement department, working closely with churches and community partners to help tutor and prepare students, particularly our Pacific students, for university

Teaching artist

Pacific Dance TAPAC

Pacific Dance New Zealand

Kids Dance Pacific classes are run by Pacific Dance New Zealand, a development organisation delivering a wide range of services for the Pacific dance sector of New Zealand. The organisation is governed by the Pacific Islands Dance Fono Trust. Pacific Dance New Zealand's Founder and Director Iosefa Enari was made a Member of New Zealand Merit in 2020.