Rachel Shearer – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Rachel Shearer Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Pākehā Rachel Shearer works with sound through a range of sonic practices—installations, composing, recording, writing, as well as collaborating as a sound designer/composer for moving image and live performance events. Shearer’s work explores practices related to listening to the whenua through Māori and Western conceptual and technological frameworks. Mauri […]

Chevron Hassett – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Chevron Hassett Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine Chevron Hassett, born Lower Hutt, Aotearoa (NZ) is an early career artist of Māori (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine) and Pākehā (Irish) heritage. He graduated with a Bachelor of Design with Honours from Massey University in 2016 and was the recipient of the Ngā Manu Pirere award from Creative New Zealand […]

Melanie Tangaere Baldwin – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Melanie Tangaere Baldwin Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine Melanie Tangaere Baldwin is a Ngāti Porou artist and curator based in Turanga Nui a Kiwa, Gisborne. Her work is research-based and largely focused on Te Ao Māori, Mana Wahine, stereotyping of indigenous peoples and the effects of settler colonialism on notions of power, beauty and worth. Melanie is […]

Erena Koopu – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Erena Koopu Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Awa “I was born with green eyes and blonde hair, and I never thought my appearance really matched the language that I spoke or the way I felt. I’m a product of Reo Māori movements and became part of the revival of a language and the strengthening of […]

Te Naiti Tīhema – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Te Naiti Kepa Tāne Tihema Waikato / Ngāti Manawa / Tūhoe “Specialising in painting, sculpture, installation pieces, multimedia relief work 2-3 dimensional and tāmoko. My relationship with Māori Art began as a student at Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga. Not only did we practice Māori Art in the pen and paint form, but art was regularly […]

Ngaire Tuhua – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Ngaire Tuhua Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Whātua Ko te Hoe o Tainui te pou ki mua Ko Mangawara te pou ki tua Ko Hapuakohe te pou ki uta Ko Waitii te tatau o te whare Uru tomo mai ki te papatipu o te urutapu, ki te papatipu o te uruora! Specialising in high-quality contemporary Maori art and […]

Randal Leach – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Randal Leach Ngāti Konohi Randal Leach is an accomplished visual artist, highly regarded for his ability to record historical narratives through contemporary mediums and transform them into powerful artistic statements. Of Ngati Porou descent, Leach’s work embraces a Maori narrative, while exploring ideas that place these concepts into a modern-day context. He has a very […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Tāwera

Tāwera Tahuri

Tāwera Tahuri Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Uenuku, Tūwharetoa Tāwera Tahuri is a mixed media artist covering a wide range of mediums and techniques. Influenced by the work of artist’s such as Basquiat, Klee, Picasso, Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Emere Karaka, she has produced a prolific amount of work throughout her artistic career. She […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Ron

Ron Tekawa Quilting

Ron TeKawa Ngāti Porou Maungarongo (Ron) TeKawa of Ngāti Porou has been working prolifically in fashion, art, community development and education across Aotearoa New Zealand for decades. Using sewing as a conduit to connect with people, his legendary workshops have given countless participants the confidence to create and express with fabric. Ron’s unique quilting style […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Steve

Steve Gibbs

Steve Gibbs Ngāi Tāmanuhiri Steve Gibbs is a teacher and a practicing visual artist specialising in painting and the education of kōwhaiwhai. He is an associate professor at Toihoukura, School of Māori Visual Arts and Design in the Te Hono ki Toi – Master of Creative Practice postgraduate programme. Steve is currently wrapping up his […]