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Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck

Mālō e lelei 

As a first generation New Zealander, I am an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, art educator and social justice advocate.

"With an arts practice spanning thirty years my modality of sense-making has found its strongest voice when anchored in my creative process. The merging of ideas and materials offer invitation to methods of exploration and understanding, processes that embrace levels of vulnerability and curiosity." 

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My Story

In 1995 I graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. I was the first woman of Tongan descent to do so. I have spent the last 30 years regularly exhibiting nationally and internationally with my works being held in both significant public and private collections in New Zealand. 


I taught for 10 years at Sylvia Park School and as Deputy Principal led Curriculum design whilst championing their Arts programme and whole school Inquiry learning. I am currently Programme Manager, Pacific-led Education at Tui Tuia | Learning Circle - UniServices at the University of Auckland. My Masters research focused on examining art teachers’ beliefs, attitudes and pedagogical practices and how these could affirm Pasifika students’ success as Pasifika. 


I hold several governance roles and am a Council Board member (Ministerial Appointment) for The Teaching Council. I also Chair the Pacific Education Steerage Group for the Teaching Council. I am a member of the NCEA Pacific Peoples Review Panel for the Ministry of Education, a member of The Arts Ohu Mātanga NZ Curriculum Refresh writing group, and a member of the  Executive Committee for Aotearoa NZ Association of Art Educators (ANZAAE)  and Aotearoa Tongan Teachers Association (ATTA).


My maternal lineage hails from the Wolfgramm and Hemaloto kainga from the villages of  ‘Utungake and Tu’anuku. My paternal lineage includes Dutch, Polish and German ancestry and links to her father’s birthplace in Danzig, Germany, today Gdansk, Poland.

I am a Doctoral candidate at The Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland

Represented Galleries:

Orexart Gallery: Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland (original works)

Moana Fresh Gallery: Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland (works on paper)

Miranda Gallery:  Pārāwai, Thames (original works and works on paper)

Boyd-Dunlop Gallery: Ahuriri, Napier (original works and works on paper) 

Selected CV

DAGMAR VAIKALAFI DYCK Born 30 October 1972



Bachelor of Fine Arts 1991-94,

Post-graduate Diploma of Fine Arts 1995

Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

Graduate Diploma Teaching (Primary) 2009

Victoria University

Master of Professional Studies (Education) (Hons) 2019

University of Auckland


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023 Falanoa, Orexart Gallery, Auckland

2019 Works, Miranda Gallery, Thames

2017 Un/trained thoughts, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland

2016 Kofukofu Koloa, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland


Overseas Solo Exhibitions

2014 From Ngatu to Self, Gallery Winkler, Papeete, Tahiti

1995  South Seas Polynesian Culture Week, Sandefjord, Norway


Selected Joint Exhibitions

2021 ‘Amui ‘i Mu’a - Ancient Futures, The Wallace Arts Centre, (with Filipe Tohi)

2018 Whānau, Miranda Gallery, Thames,(Fatu Feu’u/ Helen Feu’u/ Ercan Cairns)

2014 Tonga ‘I Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary, Pataka Museum, Wellington


Selected Overseas Group Exhibitions

2019 ‘Amui ‘ Mu’a - Ancient Futures, Me’a ‘Ofa Gallery, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

2017 Putahi V, Museum of Tahiti, Tahiti

2013 Made in Oceania - Tapa Art and Social Landscapes, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World, Cologne, Germany

2012 Made in NZ - Contemporary Art from NZ, Agora Gallery, New York, USA

SHContemporary Art Fair, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Pacific Print Project, Global Community

Peau Kula, Online Tongan Arts Fundraiser

Heterodox Us, Franklin Arts Centre

2021 Open Channels, Miranda Gallery, Thames
2020 Legacy of an Era, Lake House Gallery

2019 Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy, Solander Gallery, Wellington

2018 Shine on Seleka, Small Axe Studio

Auckland Art Fair, Warwick Henderson Gallery, The Cloud

2017 Art + Auction, Raparua School, Blenheim


Selected International Collections

Tonga High Commission – Hong Kong

New Zealand High Commission - Tonga

Tjiboau Cultural Centre – New Caledonia


Selected National Collections

Wallace Art Collection

New Zealand Parliamentary Collection, Wellington

MFAT Collection – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade Art 

Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Wellington

Sky City Hotel, Auckland


Selected Awards and Honours

2022 Leadership New Zealand Programme - Creative New Zealand Scholarship

2019 Arts Grant (65K), Creative New Zealand

Teacher Study Award - Sabbatical 

2016 - 2020 Marsden Fund - Selected Research Artist for ‘Ancient Futures: Late 18th & early 19th Century Tongan arts and their legacies’ 


Selected Bibliography (* Reviews)

2021 We are all accountable, The Big Idea, by the artist

Joy, colour, wonder, fun life: wellbeing and the arts by Melissa Schwalger

* ‘Amui ‘I Mu‘a – Ancient Futures’ linking traditional and contemporary Tongan art: Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples

‘Amui ‘i Mua: Ancient Futures: Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, Exhibition catalogue with contributing essays by Billie Lythberg, Phyllis Herda, Melenatie Taumoefolau and Seini Taufa

Ngatu Led me North: Reflections on ‘Amu’i Mu’ua-Ancient Futures*, Art New Zealand, By Hatesa Seumanutafa

2020 Ancient futures, Art News Summer, by Billie Lythberg

Raised amongst the Kainga, The Pantograph Punch, by the artist

2019 Paradise Lost, Daniel Solander’s Legacy, Exhibition Catalogue

2018 Building Bridges, Article by Claire Chamberlain, Channel Magazine, October

2017 Connections from Here to There, from Yesterday to Today: Cologne Exhibition 2013-14 “Made in Oceania:Tapa - Art and Social Landscapes”, Article by Oliver Lueb, for TAPA From Tree bark to Cloth: An Ancient art of Oceania Publication

2016 Between the Folds, Article by Ane Tonga, Art New Zealand, Winter 


National Work

2021 - current Aotearoa Association of Art Educators Executive Committee

2020 - current NCEA Pacific Peoples Review Panel - Ministry of Education

2019 - current Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Council Member (Ministerial Appointment)

2021 - current Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Inaugural Chair - Pacific Education Steerage Group

2021 Te Rito Toi - Content Creator Pasifika Arts, The University of Auckland

2019 Tapasā National Workshop Facilitator - Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

2018-19 Tapasā Expert Teacher Group - Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand


Volunteer Work

2021 - current Pacific Advisory Board - Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum

2020 - current Aotearoa Tongan Teachers Association Founding Committee member

2019-21 Board of Trustees - Auckland Girls Grammar School 

2016-19 Board of Trustees - One Tree Hill College

2015 - current No’o Fakataha Tongan Arts Collective Founding Member / NZ


Selected extra curricular activities

2022 Café Scientifique series, Auckland Museum Institute, Project Presentation 

2021 Tonga Research Association: Anga, Tala, & Lea Tu’ufonua: Indigenous Culture, History and Language. Presentation, Virtual Conference, University of Hawai’i

The Kingdom of Tonga - Language and Arts, Panel talk, The University of Auckland 

‘Amui ‘i Mua: Ancient Futures: Artist talanoa and Catalogue launch, The Wallace Arts Centre

2020 The Nomadic Art Gallery Project participant 

Panelist, South Pacific Islander Organisation Virtual Summit

2019 Artist Talk at ‘Georg-Forster-Gesellshaft’, Woerlitz/Dessau, Germany

Presenter at Museum Ethnographers Group, Horniman Museum, London

2018 Artist talk at Raven Row hosted by University of Auckland & In*ter*is*land  Collective, London

Co-ordinator of Shine on Seleka Fundraiser Initiative

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