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 – it is cultural identity that connects me to this time, space and place.
At the heart of my creative expression is connection to Whaingaroa (home), Whakapapa (genealogy), Whenua (land) and Moana (sea). Whanaunga (relatives) and Tupuna (ancestors).
Raised in Mangere, South Auckland – my creative talents were identified at an early age and throughout my education was encouraged to pursue the Maori Visual Arts as a profession.
In 2004 I graduated from Auckland University with a BVA (Bachelors of Visual Arts) and have since continued to develop creatively by providing the following Visual art products and services:
- 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
In 2007 I left Mangere and the pressures of the city to raise my young family at Pupuke – Whangaroa. Here they grew up thriving on cultural identity and connection. This has inspired me to work with the youth in our community of Whangaroa.
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.