Veuveuso Vaea is a Tongan artist who also heads his eponymous company.

Tapa artwork in a range of sizes will be displayed at Pasifika.

Mr Vaea specialises in bone carving artifacts and tapa artwork in a range of sizes which are a hit with tourists visiting the island kingdom.

Tapa is the bark of the paper mulberry tree and is a traditional and popular medium for art around the Pacific Islands region.

The company is part of the delegation that will participate in the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) NZ Pasifika Business Market at the Pasifika festival in Western Springs, Auckland on March 24-25.

Mr Vaea participated in the PTI Path to Market workshop in Tonga and was invited to attend the Pasifika Business Market at Pasifika Festival as the next step of the seven-stage export capability development Path to Market programme that PTI NZ hosts around the Pacific Islands.

The programme helps build capacity in export and export-ready companies in the islands to help them find markets for their products in New Zealand.

Veuveuso Vaea’s works including Tapa artwork in sizes 30X30cm, 40X40cm, 50X50cm and 100X100cm can be viewed at the Pasifika Business Market at Western Springs, Auckland on March 24-25.

For more information email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Joe Fuavao at joe.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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