Ko Emiemi toku Maunga
Ko Awaroa toku Awa
Ko Whangaroa toku Moana
Ko Pupuke toku Papakainga
Ko Te Huia toku marae
Ko Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa te Iwi
No te whanau Toetoe o Rataroa
My ancestry is of Ngapuhi and Ngati Hine descent with my pakeha ancestry of Scottish extraction.
However, it is my cultural identity as Tangata Whenua that connects me to this time, space and place.
At the heart of my creative expression is a spiritual connection to Whaingaroa (home), Whakapapa (genealogy), Whenua (land) and Moana (sea). Whanaunga (relatives) and Tupuna (ancestors) also provide a rich source of inspiration that empowers my cultural identity.
Raised in Mangere, South Auckland – my natural talents in the creative arts were identified at an early age and was encouraged throughout my education to pursue a career in the profession.
In 2004 I gained a BVA (Bachelors of Visual Arts) and continued to pursue professional experience in the creative arts that include:
- Supplier of contemporary Maori painting
- Arts management – studio, retail, gallery exhibition
- College Art teacher – facilitator
- Project coordinator – community arts initiatives
- Arts director – creator of Aria designs
- Website design
In 2007 I left my urban existence to raise my young family at Pupuke – free from the pressures of urban existence from which they thrived. Having both left home to pursue their aspirations, I decided it was time to revisit my own dreams of creative endeavors.
Supplying original artworks from my studio at Pupuke, I also enjoy the opportunity to engage in artist collaborations and the connectivity and sharing of knowledge co-creating brings.
Currently I’m also developing a tourism venture, combining my passion for Contemporary Maori Visual Arts with another passion – Whaingaroa Arts and Culture with the intent to develop economic opportunities that the ascending generation may engage and benefit from.