Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Johnny

Johnny Moetara

Johnny Moetara Rongowhakaata, Ngā Puhi Johnny Moetara is a practicing visual artist specialising in painting. He is also active in both Whakairo and Kapa Haka, allowing him to maintain a strong connection with Te Ao Māori through ancestral lands and the ocean. Johnny is also a Kaiako at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, at the Whirikoka […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Ariki

Ariki Brightwell

Taupuruariki (Ariki) Whakataka Brightwell Rongowhakaata, Te Ara Ariki Brightwell is a pop-culture indigenous artist, specializing in mural and digital works. She creates public works that represent the whakapapa and history of the land. As a 27th generation artist, like her father and those before him, her mission is to share their stories to the world […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – James

James Tapsell-Kururangiis

James Tapsell-Kururangi Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Mākino, Tainui, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Rākairoa James Tapsell-Kururangi is Assistant Curator for Te Tuhi. He runs Papatūnga in Tāmaki Makaurau. James graduated from Massey University with a Master of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) in 2019. He graduated with a Bachelor of Design (First […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Huia Edmonds & Ngaire Tuhua

Huia and Ngaire

Huia Edmonds & Ngaire Tuhua Ngāti Porou, Tūwharetoa, Ngapuhi, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Whātua Huia is an emerging artist specialising in graphite and charcoal drawings. His most recent works include surrealist drawings of the human figure with bird heads of endemic New Zealand birds, namely, the wattle bird species. The aim of Huia’s artwork is to challenge […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – George

George Watson

George Watson Ngāti Mutunga, Moriori, Ngāti Porou George Watson is an artist and writer, graduating with a Masters in Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Media Arts from Wintec Majoring in Painting and Sculpture. George works predominantly with sculpture and installation to create immersive exhibitions that explore ideas of […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Fiona

Fiona Collis

Fiona Collis Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāi Tūhoe Fiona stems from a line of traditional weavers that have grounded her practice as a contemporary weaver and artist. Raised in Tolaga Bay and having grown up close to her grandmother Mrs Madeleine Tangohau the interest for raranga was cultivated at an early age. Fiona […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Erena

Erena Koopu

Erena Koopu Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Awa Erena Koopu a painter and Māori performing artist is committed to sustaining Māori culture through art by guiding and helping people to explore and discover their own creative core. Her works are influenced by Te Ao Māori with a focus on retelling and retaining iwi narratives. Erena […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Chevron

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 2017 and was the recipient of the Ngā Manu Pirere award from Creative New […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Terangi

Terangi Roimata Kutia-Tataurangi

Terangi Roimata Kutia-Tataurangi Ngāti Konohi, Te Aitanga A Hauiti Terangi Roimata Kutia-Tataurangi is an emerging visual artist practicing primarily in painting and nail art, she graduated in 2013 from Toihoukura, School of Visual Art and Design. As a qualified nail technician she is the pioneer of an innovative art form known as Toimaikuku – Māori […]


Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana “Lip Syncing is what I consider one of life’s greatest guilty pleasures. It brings joy, laughter and alongside dancing, can take away stress, improve mood and reduce depression.” With the first reading presented at Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival 2020 – Lip Sync, Kanikani, Twerk Off! is an award-winning play by homegrown talent […]