Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Rārua
“I grew up in the world of Art. My father studied at Massey University on the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts, and I followed in his footsteps. Creativity for me started as an outlet, a safe space as a rangatahi to express myself where I otherwise couldn’t. Growing up with an artist for a father, and around his fellow creatives, my passion for the arts evolved through the conversations that I became a part of.
I completed my Honours at Elam School of Fine Arts, returning to Massey in 2016 for my postgraduate studies. I was lucky enough to become the youngest Lecturer at NZTC and I have worked for Wakatu Incorporation as a Creative Director for four years now. I have curated at Tauranga Art Gallery, and Art + Body Creative Studio in Mt Maunganui. I have also been involved in Exhibitions as a practicing artist around the nation.
I think for me, the appeal to the MAI internship was having the support of a Māori organisation to further my engagement in the professional world. In particular, working on this internship for a Māori Trust that aligns with everything I am passionate about for Māori creatives, and collaborating with the Creative voice here in the Bay of Plenty – it just made sense to me. There is a real opportunity here to bring different entities here in Tauranga Moana together, to really support youth in the creative space, and Māori creatives local to the Bay. I am honoured to be able to be a part of that.”
In partnership with Creative New Zealand, Toi Māori Aotearoa has delivered the Māori Art Internship Programme (MAI) since 2014.