Sailau Vaimoso


  1. My parents: My father migrated to Aotearoa in the 1970’s seeking better employment opportunities. By the 1980’s, my parents owned a barber salon and fruit shop in the heart of Ōtara #humblebeginnings.
  2. Family photo: Being a wife, mother and caregiver are the roles I value the most. My children are part of the NZ school system and help to keep my values and practices in check. As stated by the late Mahatma Ghandi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.
  3. Pasifika patterns: Samoan patterns connect me to traditional attire worn by loved ones of the past and can be seen on contemporary designs enjoyed nowadays. These are visual representations of my hybrid upbringing as a second-generation Samoan in Aotearoa, NZ.
  4. Video recorder and iPhone camera: “Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” – Bruno Barbey
  5. Lipstick: It can’t solve all problems, but it’s a pretty great start!