Ko Hikurangi me Moumoukai ngā maunga.
Ko Waiapu me Nūhaka ngā awa.
Ko Ngāti Porou me Rākaipaaka ngā iwi.
Ko Tāne-nui-a-Rangi me Putaanga ngā marae.
He whakapapa hoki mai i tāwāhi ki Ngā Motu ō Orkney, Scotland, me Ireland.
Kathie is a third generation wahine Māori educationalist. Public service and social justice are deeply embedded in Kathie’s whakapapa. She is passionate about building an Aotearoa that reflects the Treaty of Waitangi.
Kathie is inspired by Tā Apirana Ngata's whakataukī.
E tipu e rea mō ngā rā o tō ao.
Ko tō ringa ki ngā rākau ā te Pākehā hei ara mō tō tinana.
Ko tō ngākau ki ngā tāonga a ō tīpuna Māori.
Hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga.
Ko tō wairua ki tō Atua, nāna nei ngā mea katoa.
Grow up and thrive for the days destined to you.
Your hands to the tools of the Pākehā to provide physical sustenance.
Your heart to the treasures of your Māori ancestors as a diadem for your brow.
Your soul to your God, to whom all things belong.
Transforming Education to Transform Rangatahi Futures
Ki te taha o tōku hākoro:
Ko Takitimu rāua ko Uruao ōku waka.
Ko Motupōhue te mauka.
Ko Awarua te awa.
Ko Te Ara a Kewa te moana.
Ko Te Rau Aroha tōku marae.
Ko Ngāi Tahu, ko Kāti Māmoe, ko Waitaha anō hoki ōku iwi.
He uri au nō Rongomaiwhenua, te Imi Moriori ki Rēkohu.
Ki te taha o tōku hākui:
Ko Tainui te waka.
Ko Tokomaru te maunga.
Ko Wairau te awa.
Ko Wairau te marae.
Ko Ngāti Toa Rangatira te iwi.
Karl Wixon - Director of ARAHIA - specialises in envisioning, co-designing and achieving positive futures through leadership, strategy, change, growth and innovation.
Karl brings a marriage of commercial, creative, and cultural acumen to all he does and is frequently called on as a skilled Māori co-design facilitator to weave together complex collaborations spanning cultures, sectors, entities and interests to develop vision, direction, and innovative solutions.
Karl has led pioneering strategic and transformative projects across a wide range of sectors, both in New Zealand and offshore, including a contract to develop the regional economic development strategy for Northern Manitoba in Canada through a highly collaborative co-design process working with First Nations, Industry, Communities, and Provincial Government.
A past President of the Designers Institute of New Zealand and a founder of Ngā Aho Inc (Māori Design Society), Karl has held numerous leadership roles, including Ministerial Appointments to the New Zealand Story Advisory Board and Te Mana Whakahaere, the governing council of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Karl is a member of the Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Interim Establishment Board for ‘Culture, Creativity, Recreation & Technology’ for the Review of Vocational Education and is currently contracted as the Chief Advisor - Māori, to Education NZ (Manapou ki te Ao).
A husband and father of 3 teens, Karl has been actively involved with schools, on Boards of Trustees, including as a Chair, as a hockey umpire, school representative coach, and as a mentor on the Young Enterprise Scheme and Tahu Scholarship founded at Woodford House by the Drury Whānau.
He has received awards in Māori Business Excellence, Design and Directorship.
The Four Tips to Living a Healthy Life
Ko Kakepuku tōku maunga.
Ko Waipa tōku awa.
Ko Tainui tōku waka.
Ko Te Kōpua tōku marae.
Ko Ngāti Unu tōku hapū.
Ko Ngāti Maniapoto tōku iwi.
Ko Letele tōku ingoa whānau.
Dave Letele is the founder of BBM Motivation, is a life coach, and a motivational speaker. His journey started with his own weight loss story of losing over 100kg through good nutrition and exercise. He dedicates his time to helping others do the same by teaching them how to live the BBM lifestyle - Brain, Body, Movement. BBM Motivation has helped New Zealand communities lose 1000s of kilos and even helped reverse Type 2 diabetes. To date, the programme has reached over 14,000 members and has saved countless lives.
Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi.
Nō Taranaki ahau.
Ko te Dominion Monarch (1953), ko te Oriental (1841) anō hoki ngā waka i kawe mai i ōku tūpuna ki tēnei motu.
Building Word Awareness to Improve Writing
After 25 wonderful years as a primary school teacher, curriculum coordinator and school leader, I moved into educational technology in 2017 with 3P Learning. Now, as the company’s Global Education Lead for Literacy, I am responsible for leading the educational design, content and rigour of a growing suite of literacy products. Having seen many trends in education come and go over the years, I constantly search for strategies that endure and build measurable success. To that end, I have a Master of Educational Studies and have completed an additional postgraduate certificate in 2018, earning the Dean’s Award for Excellence. I also love words and try to complete a cryptic crossword every day. I believe that understanding words – spelling, origins, meanings, affixes, synonyms – is critical to building strong literacy. Vocabulary width, depth and consistency is also vital – the secret ingredient to improved comprehension and self-expression. Creating learning communities where language is valued as a tool for communication and expression is globally relevant. However, many teachers themselves struggle with this component of teaching and I am passionate about equipping them to feel confidence and make a difference. Teachers are the greatest resource in any classroom. If we support them, we support every student they teach
Dr Will Flavell
Are Non-Māori Students the Future of the Māori Language?
Dr Will Flavell
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua rāua ko Tainui ngā waka.
Ko Manaia rāua ko Rangitoto ngā maunga.
Ko Whangārei Terenga Paraoa rāua ko Waipa ngā puna wai.
Ko Ngā Puhi rāua ko Ngāti Maniapoto ngā iwi.
Ko Ngāti Kahu o Torongare rāua ko Ngāti Pare ngā hapū.
Ko Pohe rāua ko Rereahu ngā rangatira.
Ko Ngararatunua rāua ko Te Ahoroa ngā marae.
Ko Te Tai Tokerau me Te Rohe Pōtae ngā takiwā.
Dr Will Flavell is the Education Manager (Māori) at Comet Auckland and the Deputy Chairperson of the Henderson-Massey Local Board. Will currently lives in West Auckland, but grew up in Whangārei, where he attended Bream Bay College. After leaving school, he attended Waikato University and completed a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts conjoined degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Māori Education, Master of Education (with Honours), and a Doctor of Education at Otago University. He was previously the former Head of Māori Studies at Rutherford College in Te Atatū Peninsula. He was first elected to Auckland Council in 2013 to represent the voice of the local community. Will is passionate about supporting the dreams and aspirations of our young people and is excited about supporting educational and employment opportunities for rangatahi of West Auckland. His role at Comet Auckland is to ensure that the current and future generations of Māori living in Auckland will have equitable access, participation, and success in education. In his spare time, Will enjoys learning Gāgana Sāmoa, reading, and playing tennis.
Parihaka Mai Ai
Ko Pūwheke te maunga.
Ko Tokerau te moana.
Ko Ngāti Kahu te iwi.
Ko Te Whānau Moana, ko Te Rorohuri ngā hapū.
Ko Haiti-Tai-Marangai te marae.
I tupu ake au i te rohe o Te Āti Awa ki Kāpiti. Ka tīmata taku ako i te reo Māori i taku taenga ki te Kāreti o Kāpiti i te tau 1986. Ka tere tupu taku aroha mō te reo me ōna tikanga i reira. Koirā te wā, ka akiakina au e Rāwiri Gibson ki te whai i te ara kaiako reo Māori.
E rima tau i muri i taku wehenga i te kura ka haere au ki Te Kawa a Māui ki te whai i taku tohu paetahi. Ka mutu, ka riro i a au taku tohu kaiako ki te Kuratini o Whitireia. Ka tīmata taku mahi hei kaiako ki te Kāreti o Kāpiti i te tau 1999. E aroha ana au ki taku mahi, ā, e kore, kore rawa au e hōhā ki te mahi whakaako.
Te Whare Pora - Weaving Whānau Wellness
He mokopuna ahau nō Taranaki maunga.
Ko ngā iwi ki te taha o tōku māmā, ko Taranaki, ko Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, ko Muaūpoko, ko Ngāti Kahungunu anō hoki.
Ko ngā iwi ki te taha o tōku pāpā, ko Rongowhakaata, ko Ngāti Porou, ko Ngāti Toa anō hoki.
E noho ana ahau ki Heretaunga ināianei.
Ko Niwa Ngamare tōku ingoa.
Tēnā koutou. Niwa currently runs Te Whare Pora in Flaxmere, a raranga programme for hapū māmā and whānau which help them to create a collection of items as they prepare for their pēpi. The programme is the third iteration of Professor Tipene Leach's mahi into the prevention of sudden unexplained death in infancy (SUDI) in Māori pēpi. Prior to this, Niwa introduced raranga into the NCEA curriculum as a secondary school teacher at Hastings Girls' High School.
Niwa comes from a whānau of weavers and she feels it is a privilege to share the knowledge of our tūpuna that resides in Te Whare Pora as a blueprint for whānau wellbeing. The mauri and wairua is moved in ways words cannot capture.
“Ka rongo te mauri o te Whare Pora.”
Nau Mai ki te Ao Matahiko
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka.
Ko Emiemi te maunga.
Ko Whangaroa te moana.
Ko Kāeo te awa.
Ko Manga-iti te maunga.
Ko Nukutāwhiti te tangata.
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi.
Ko Ngāti Pakahi, Ko Ngāti Rehia ōku hapū.
Ko Mangaiti te marae.
Ko Tau Te Rangimārie te wharenui.
Ko Rangimārie te wharekai.
Kei Huapai tō mātou kāinga.
Ko Steven Renata tōku ingoa.
Born in 1966, Steven is the eldest of his whānau and is the co-owner of KIWA Digital. Steven is a proud graduate of Otago University, an advocate for whānau wellness, sport, entrepreneurship and cultural intelligence.
Steven was born in the small township of Kawakawa, but grew up in Milton, Otago and takes pride in his Māori and Pākehā heritage. In 1994, he received his Masters degree in Marketing in 1994, and was one of the first Māori graduates from the University of Otago. This followed with a career in Māori tourism at the Auckland University of Technology.
As a director, Steven brings a wealth of governance and business experience through ownership and positions in global and national organisations. Steven is now dedicated to the strategic direction and success of KIWA Digital and it’s partners. As a leader, Steven observes and influences through the lens of tribal leadership. This approach focuses on language and relationships that drive performance in a sustainable manner.
KIWA Digital operates in the 'new' media industry, at the cutting edge of quality content delivery. It is an industry experiencing massive disruption, driven by the global shift to digital consumption, the introduction of new technologies, increasing dominance of mobile, new business models developed away from the constraints of physical distribution, and above all, growing consumer demand for authentic content “when, where, and how I want it”. Within this fast-moving environment, KIWA is focusing on the publishing and post-production industries, playing to its strengths in enabling digital formats that are relevant and accessible across languages and cultures.
Steven currently resides in Auckland with his whānau. Outside of mahi, Steven enjoys cycling, music, food, viticulture, and travel.
Being Māori in Te Ao Pāpāho
Ko Rangitāne rāua ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairarapa ōku iwi.
Tāmati Rimene-Sproat currently resides in Auckland and is a journalist for the current affairs show Sunday, at TVNZ. A kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa kid, Tāmati grew up with te reo māori as his first language. From kura kaupapa, Tāmati moved to mainstream college and then on to University. Graduating with a BA in Media and Communications, Tāmati left university with the goal of becoming a journalist. After a year, he achieved that goal, securing a job at Te Karere. Over the past 5 years, Tāmati has moved across different shows at TVNZ, including Seven Sharp, Tuia 250, Sunday and Wild Kai Legends.
ERO - Ako Panuku Evaluation
Ko Taranaki tōku maunga.
Ko Ōeo tōku awa.
Ko Aotea tōku waka.
Ko Ōeo tōku marae.
Ko Ngāti Tamaahuroa-Titahi tōku hapū.
Ko Ngāruahine tōku iwi.
Ko Tanya Savage tōku ingoa.
Tihei mauri ora!
Tanya Savage is currently working on the Ako Panuku evaluation by the Education Review Office (ERO).
Kia Reka te Ako
I tipu ake tēnei i raro i te pae maunga o Remutaka, o Tararua anō hoki.
Ko Awakairangi te awa.
Ko Whakatiki te ūkaipō.
Nō Airini, nō Nōwei ōku tīpuna.
E mihi ana ki a Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, e korowaitia ana au i āku nei mahi hei Takawaenga Mātauranga Māori ki Waitaha.
Kua roa a Christine e mahi ana hei kaitautoko i ngā kura reorua, i ngā kura rūmaki anō hoki ki Waitaha. Neke atu i te toru tekau tau a Christine e mahi ana i roto i te ao mātauranga, ā, kua kaha aro atu ia ki te reo matatini. Ko ngā mea e tino ngākaunui ana a Christine, ko te whakatipu kai, ko te whakaora i te taiao, me te mahi raranga. Mauri ora ki te whenua, ki te reo, ki Te Whare Pora, arā noa atu ki te whānau hoki.
The Refresh of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
Ko Tainui te waka.
Ko Rangiāhua te maunga.
Ko Wainui te awa.
Ko Tōrere-nui-ā-rua te tipuna.
Ko Ngāitai te iwi.
Glenys Hauiti-Parapara has had extensive experience in the education sector. Glenys currently works at the Ministry of Education and will provide an update on the refresh of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Particular attention will be paid to the approach, Māori centred design, and how people can be involved in the process.
Te Ao Haka - NCEA
Nō Ngāpuhi ahau.
Rāwiri is the Contract Director of Māori medium schooling projects for Victoria University of Wellington. He has an extensive knowledge of PLD design, implementation, co-ordination, and project management, including director and national director roles for professional development and implementation projects over the past 20 years. Rāwiri is a writer for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and is currently working on the NCEA development and implementation of Ngā Toi and Te Ao Haka.
Neuro-Semantics and Neuro-Linguistics Programming: S...
Ko Taupiri Pā rāua ko Waingaro Pā ngā marae.
Ko Ngāti Mahuta rāua ko Ngati Tamainupō ngā hapū. Ko Waikato te iwi.
Caroline Samson lives in Ngāruawāhia with her husband Geoff and has spent well over twenty years as a trainer and programme coordinator in the field of community/iwi research and development and adult education. In the last ten years, she has been focused on rangatahi Māori development - specialising in leadership and succession. As a facilitator of learning, Caroline is passionate about human potential, making a difference in peoples lives, and supporting them to actualise their natural gifts. Her training and coaching skills have enabled individuals and collectives to be more creative and purposeful in pursuing personal and professional goals.
Caroline has a diverse background in education and communications. This background, together with her training and coaching practice, makes her very versatile and engaging. Caroline is down to earth in her approach and she considers her style as 'ruthless compassion' backed by an unwavering belief in the potential of people.
The Floating Classroom - Te Wānanga Wai Whakarewa
Ko Tauhara te maunga.
Ko Taupō-nui-a-Tia te moana.
Ko Tūtetawhā me Tūtemohuta ngā hapū.
Ko Tūtetawhā me Pākira ngā marae.
Ko Tūwharetoa te iwi.
Ko Te Arawa te waka.
Kristy Northcroft is māmā to a handsome 21 year old and has recently returned home to Taupō after raising her whānau in Rotorua. Kristy uses three things to maintain her hauora; painting (abstract), paddling, and spending time with like minded people. Kristy has used her teaching degree (primary) to gain experience, while working on a cruise ship in the Pacific Ocean, as a youth councilor. Kristy fell into specialising as an art teacher in Taupō, which created an opportunity to work for Te Ara Mātauranga o Tūwharetoa to implement their cultural knowledge into English Medium schools through the visual arts. This journey has complimented her other project of The Floating Classroom - Te Wānanga Wai Whakarewa - where the localised curriculum around Taupō Moana is celebrated. This kaupapa is curriculum aligned to Years 1 to 13 and can be offered for Professional Learning. Kristy feels privileged to be working with tamariki through both the arts and taonga.
Revitalising Te Reo Māori Online: Using the Future to Reconnect...
Ko Motatau te maunga.
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka.
Ko Taikirau te awa.
Ko Manukoriki te marae.
Ko Ngāti Hine te hapū.
Ko Ngā Puhi te iwi.
Ko Sarafina Tipene tōku ingoa.
Sarafina grew up in Whangārei with her parents and four brothers. After finishing her time at Whangārei Girl's High School she went on to study Law and Psychology at the University of Ōtākou. After learning the disproportionate amount of Māori that are incarcerated, she was motivated to understand the justice system and how we could achieve better outcomes for young Māori in the Far North.
Sarafina has always had a strong connection to her Māori identity but only started to explore what it truly meant to be Māori at University. She has since realised the crucial link between identity and language and the role that this plays in better outcomes for Māori.
She now runs the More Māori Instagram page which has accumulated over 11 thousand followers within 5 months. For this page, she creates visually engaging content, summating the basics of te reo Māori as she learns herself – this includes posts, Instagram filters and highlight reels containing a Māori word a day.
Tamahau Rowe & Anahera Taiaki
He Tupuranga Ngaio
Tamahau Rowe & Anahera Taiaki
Nō te kāhui mounga ahau.
Ko Te Ati Hau, ko Taranaki Whānui, ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa, ko Ngāti Raukawa, ko Ngā Wairiki, ko Ngāti Apa anō hoki ōku iwi.
As Tātai Heke Māori - Deputy Chief Executive Māori at the Teaching Council, Tamahau supports and leads the Teaching Council in its vision of being a Te Tiriti-led and values-based organisation. Prior to joining the Teaching Council, Tamahau has been an Iwi facilitator, cultural advisor, lecturer, teacher and a health worker and proudly serves his marae, hapū and iwi.
Ki te taha o tōku Māmā:
Ko Kurahaupo te waka.
Ko Maungapiko te maunga.
Ko Pārengarenga te moana.
Ko Ngāti Kurī te iwi.
Ki te taha o tōku Pāpā:
Ko Māhuhu ki te Rangi te waka.
Ko Tauwhare te maunga.
Ko Kaipara te moana.
Ko Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara te iwi.
Ko Anahera Taiaki ahau e mihi kau ana.
Mauri ora ki te rangi.
Mauri ora ki te whenua.
Mauri ora ki a tātou katoa.
Māngari nei kua kura māhita ahau mō ngā tau e rua tekau ki ngā kura tuarea, kura auraki mai, kura kaupapa mai, kura ā-iwi mai, kura hourua mai. Kua noho hoki ahau hei kaimahi ki te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga, oti noa, i whai tūranga ahau hei ‘Lead Adviser – Māori’ ki Matatū Aotearoa i te tīmatanga o tēnei tau tonu.
E whakapono ana ahau ki ngā tini hua o te nohotahi ā te ākonga me te kaiako ki te kai i ngā mātauranga o tua whakarere, i ngā mātauranga nō nāia tonu nei.
Ko te manu kai i te miro, nōna te ngahere, ko te manu kai i te mātauranga, nōnā te ao.
Poia Rewi & Mikaia Leach
Whatu Atu, Whatu Mai: Collaboration & Innovation
Poia Rewi & Mikaia Leach
Ko Tūhoe, ko Ngāti Manawa, ko Te Arawa ōku iwi.
After lecturing Māori language, culture, and performing arts at Otago University for 17 years, Poia now works for Te Mātāwai as CEO. Te Mātāwai is a Government funded agency pursuing their goal of returning the Māori language as the nurturing first language in the home - “kia ūkaipō anō te reo”.
He uri tēnei nō Te Tai Rāwhiti whānui, ko Ngāti Konohi, Ngāti Ira me Ngāti Porou ngā iwi. I tipu ake au i ngā papa kāinga o Whāngārā me Mangatuna, ki reira titi ake nei te reo Māori me ngā āhuatanga katoa o te ao Māori ki tōku manawa. Ko Whāngārā te pūtahitanga o te tangata, te pārekereke o te kōrero!
Mikaia feels she has had the privilege of growing up in paradise and the honour of being taught te reo and tikanga Māori by her whānau, hapū and iwi. Mikaia was shown, by her whānau, to always strive for excellence, to always showcase her cultural pride, that education is necessary and to always ground her feet in the whenua of her tipuna. Mikaia appreciates her bi-culturalism and is fluent in both te reo Māori and English. She is passionate about Māori affairs, te reo Māori revitalisation and kaupapa Māori research. Her work choices have seen her consciously develop her passions by engaging in roles such as research assistant, intern, policy analyst, and senior research analyst which focused on kaupapa Māori research and te reo Māori revitalisation. Mikaia is currently working at Te Mātāwai as the Research Manager. Throughout her journey, kapa haka has been an integral part of her life. Mikaia's whānau and herself have been part of Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti since the revival in 1993 (since she was one year old). It has provided her with a platform to showcase Māori culture to a local, national, and international audience. Mikaia has travelled the world in her adulthood with kapa haka, embracing other cultural norms and sharing her own. Haka has taught her about discipline, commitment, relationships, perserverance, excellence, motivation, cultural responsibiities and how to deal with the highs and the lows. More importantly, it has kept her connected to her ahikā, and has provided a platform to use te reo Māori and practice tikanga Māori.
Arohanui Allen & Tracey Reid
Pūrākau as Pedagogy
Arohanui Allen & Tracey Reid
Ko Whakataha te maunga.
Ko Waitangi te awa.
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka.
Ko Te Wai Ū te wharekai.
Ko Te Rangiāwhiowhio te whare tūpuna.
Ko Taurangi te kōhanga reo.
Ko Ngaitāwakekitetuawhenua te hapū.
Ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāti Kahu, ko Te Rarawa, ko Ngāi Te Rangi, ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa ōku iwi.
Ko Arohanui Takangaroa Allen tōku ingoa.
Tokorua āku tamariki, ko Aramia rāua ko Ihaka o rāua ingoa. I kuraina au ki te kura karaitiana o Ngā Kākano o te Kaihanga Kura. I reira au tipu ai ki ngā rekereke o ōku mātua. I taku pakeketanga, i hūnuku mātou ko tōku whānau ki Te Tai Tokerau, ā, kei Te Kāreti o Te Tai Tokerau ahau e mahi ana ināianei nā, otirā, kei te Kaikohekohe ahau e noho ana.
Arohanui Allen is the Head of Learning | Te Puna Māori at Northland College. In this position, Arohanui works with a team of Year 9 teachers using pūrākau as pedagogy within a collaborative and project-based teaching and learning environment.
Arohanui feels blessed to work at a kura and with kaiako who place value on pūrākau 'nō te kāinga'. The journey of using pūrākau started when Arohanui attended the 2019 Ako Panuku Hui ā-Tau. Ever since attending this conference two years ago, her journey has continued to evolve and adapt.
Arohanui's goal is to see confident ākonga Māori coming out of our kura knowing exactly who they are and where they come from. She sincerely believes that embedding pūrākau into teaching and learning programmes can help towards achieving that.
Info to come.
Pōtiki Poi: Owning the World's Largest Poi Manufacturing...
Ko Ngāi Tahu rāua ko Ngāpuhi ōku iwi.
Georgia - currently 14 years old - has been raised in a Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori environment. She loves sports, kapa haka, and her whānau. When Georgia was 12 years old, she started her own business - 'Pōtiki Poi' - making poi with her whānau in the lounge of their whare. Pōtiki is the last name of her ancestor Tahu Pōtiki that lead her people to the South Island. Pōtiki also means youngest child, and her youngest brother was born with Trisomy 21 and Georgia wanted to ensure that her business would support him and others like him in her community.
Two years on, Georgia now owns the world's largest poi manufacturing business. Georgia is continuing to develop and sell new products, whilst encouraging others to take their dreams or hobbies and make them a business reality.
Engaging with Our People
Ko Ngāti Porou, ko Tūwharetoa, ko Raukawa ōku iwi!
Atawhai has extensive experience in the public service and has worked as a Manager and a Senior Advisor at a range of agencies (incl. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission), Te Puni Kōkiri, and the Ministry of Education. Atawhai also has experience in the Beehive where he was an advisor to both the Minister for Education and the Minister for Māori Development.
Aute | Modern Art Using Māori Barkcloth
Ko Ngāpuhi rāua ko Te Rarawa ōku iwi.
An artist predominantly working with aute (Māori barkcloth) and natural pigments, Nikau’s practice has been exhibited widely across the world. Her first major solo show opened in June 2020, Kōkōrangi ki Kōkōwai, at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. This body of work showcases more than 15 pieces created from aute painted with earth pigments. Nikau spent more than five years learning to make cloth from the paper mulberry plant and hopes to raise awareness about Māori bark cloth in Aotearoa by teaching and writing about it using her online platform @nikaugabrielle.