We are currently based in the Taranaki Region, but have connections in (and are willing to travel to) the Manawatu and Horowhenua regions.
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
- Ngā Toi Māori - Original approaches to multiple mediums (specialising in moko, painting, drawing and design).
- Graphic Design - Commissioned works for clients that vary in range, from persons working on projects and small businesses to community organisations and marae committees (logo making, graphic designs, prints, merchandise designs).
- Visual Art / Community Art - Community and culturally orientated murals and workshops that aim to educate the participant on historical narratives and land occupation.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
- Master of Māori Visual Arts, Massey University (Undergraduate studies also completed at Massey)
- Certificate in Kāwai Raupapa, Māori Art Level 3 and 4, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
- Graduate and Masters exhibitions at a gallery space, Palmerston North
- Artist of Te Kahui Torea, Ta Moko collective (3 years mentored by expert Heemi Te Peeti)
- Three years experience as a Teacher Aide in Māori medium and Mainstream schools
- Kapahaka Tutor at a Kura Kaupapa Māori, a primary school and a full primary school
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
- Mural project, Years 1-6 - a primary school, Palmerston North (Education on local history through visual art)
- Matariki workshop, Years 7 and 8 - an area school (Basic Māori patterns and design composition through a practical workshop)
- New Zealand and Colombia cultural and art exchange - University of Antioquia, Medellin (Basic Māori patterns and design composition through a practical workshop, made possible by the Latino-Aotearoa Prime Minister Scholarship)
I bring with me three years of experience working as a Teacher Aide in both Kura Kaupapa Māori and Mainstream schools, working with a range of learning levels from new entrants to year 13 in Wharekura. In 2011-2012 I was part of a Group Reading Programme at a library, alongside peers of a High School, we taught Kura Kaupapa Māori kids to read in bilingual contexts. I have also facilitated the role of Kapahaka Tutor at a few schools in preparation for local and regional performances. I am able to build a good rapport with tamariki from various walks of life, I operate in a constructive manner that encourages students to be future leaders for their people.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
The Creatives in Schools programme aligns with the values and mission statement of our studio, to provide an educational stepping stone towards Te Ao Māori. We want to inspire those within the community to bring their skills and talents back home, and provide a platform for people who exhibit untapped potential in the field of Creative Arts. We will collaborate with Patea Area School to utilise their Project Day 2020, building a network of artists within the community and embody the vision of our studio.