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Creative ID: 194

Art form(s): Community arts, Crafts/objects, Ngā Toi Māori, Pacific arts, Visual arts
Language(s): English, Māori
Based in: Auckland
Where I'm available:
I am available anywhere in Auckland and I also have a Studio in East Tamaki Auckland that can comfortably accommodate 20 students.
When I'm available: I am available most weekdays.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

Ko Waikato me Ngai Tahu Whanui me Ngati Kauwhata me Rangitane oku iwi. Kia ora I am a self-employed artist and the lead Facilitator at an arts centre and Director at a bone and stone carving school. I completed my Bachelor of creative arts and Diploma in visual arts at Manukau institute of technology I also have qualifications in Mental health and cross-cultural supervision Toi Manawa arts an initiative that aims to support well-being and connection through an indigenous platform of creativity. I do this work because I truly believe wellness in the community starts in the community and that creativity is the way forward for those facing challenges also its a lot of fun and allows me to work with many age groups and ethnicities. The bone and stone carving school was the first indigenous carving school based in Auckland that teaches Māori carving with wood bone and stone. I enjoy Mahi toi (creating art) and I work predominantly with pounamu and bone. I believe life is an emergence not an emergency and I enjoy being in creative spaces where we can all connect and have fun. Mahi ora Mauri ora!

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

For the past sic years I have partnered with the Auckland Matariki festival to deliver bone-carving workshops in the community. I taught my first workshop at a college in 2013 and have since taught at three high schools, a primary school, and an intermediate, I also teach workshops at various arts centres and galleries. I also work with a charter school which is part of the youth corrections.

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

  • I have taught a lot of young children from the age of 5 years and older through primary, intermediate and colleges around Auckland.
  • I have facilitated hundreds of toi Manawa bone carving workshops with age groups ranging from 5 years to 80 years.
  • I work with high-risk teenagers, people with disabilities and youth on bail.
  • The main themes I teach in the toi Manawa workshops are Whanaungatanga - togetherness, Wairuatanga - mindfulness, spiritual resilience and Mahi Taonga - Process and creation to a high standard.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

For the last six years I have been teaching Toi Manawa bone carving workshops to over half a dozen schools in the Auckland region and I would like to teach in more schools. I believe this initiative will allow me to work more with more schools.

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