Reweti Arapere (b. 1984) is an artist from Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Tuwharetoa. He has a Masters of Māori Visual Arts from Toioho ki Āpiti School of Māori Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North. Reweti is a first language Māori speaker and he has exhibited extensively throughout Aotearoa New Zealand with significant recent exhibitions including; Rangimatua, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, 2015; Waharua Koawa, Pātaka Art + Museum, Wellington, 2013; Rakau Matarau, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, 2013; El Barroco de Aotearoa, MUCA Roma, Mexico City, 2011; and Ngaru Roa Rangatahi Hui, Poupatate Marae, Halcombe, 2011.
Rangituhia Hollis (b. 1978) is an artist from Ngāti Porou. Rangituhia holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Art in Auckland and currently teaches Digital Visual Arts at Manurewa High School. He has exhibited widely throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, with recent significant exhibitions including; THE HIVE HUMS WITH MANY MINDS, Te Tuhi, Auckland, 2016; Tahunga, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay, 2016; and Kaihono Ahua : Vision Mixer – Revisioning Contemporary New Zealand Art, Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, 2013.
Hana Rakena (b. 1972) is a ceramic artist from Ngāi Tahu and Ngā Puhi. Hana has a BA in English language from Canterbury University. Hana regularly exhibits with Masterworks Gallery, Avid Gallery and Form Gallery. Major institutional exhibitions include; Everything between you and me, Pātaka Art + Museum, Wellington, 2017; Whenua Hou: New Maori Ceramics, Tauranga Art Gallery, 2016; Contemporary Traditions: Dunedin and Otaru Celebrate 30 Years, Otago Museum, 2010; and Taonga Whānau, SOFA Gallery, Christchurch, 2005.
Rachael Rakena (b. 1969) is a video artist from Ngāi Tahu and Ngā Puhi. Rachael received a Masters of Fine Arts from Otago University in 2003 for her dissertation titled ‘Toi Rerehiko’ portraying digital technologies from a Māori worldview. She currently works as a lecturer on Māori contemporary art at Massey University, Wellington and regularly exhibits nationally and internationally, with recent major exhibitions including; Everything between you and me, Pātaka Art + Museum, Wellington, 2017; Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, 2013; Haka Peepshow, The Octagon, Dunedin, 2011; Aniwaniwa, 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2007; Pacifika Styles, University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2006-2008; and Mō Tātou, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, 2008-2012.
Suzanne Tamaki (b.1966) is a fibre-based artist from Te Arawa, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngai Tūhoe. She is a self-trained fibre artist with a background in body adornment, costume and jewellery. As an individual fashion designer she creates work under the label ‘Native Sista’ but is also a member of the ‘SaVAge K’lub’ with long-time friend Rosanna Raymond, and is a co-founding member of the ‘Pacific Sisters’ collective with Lisa Reihana and Ane O’Neil. Tamaki has exhibited extensively in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, with recent major exhibitions including; Pūkana Whakarunga! Pūkana Whakararo, Toi Pōneke, Wellington, 2017; SaVAge K’lub, 8th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, 2015; Waitangi Wāhine, Whirinaki Expressions, Wellington, 2015; Maiden Aotearoa, City Gallery Wellington, 2011; Manu Wāhine, The British Museum, London, 2008; and Pacifika Styles, University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2006-2008.
Kereama Taepa (b. 1972) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Ngāti Whakaaue, Te Ati Awa Taranaki Whānui. Kereama received a Masters of Māori Visual Arts from Toioho ki Āpiti School of Māori Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North and currently teaches on the Bachelor of Creative Technologies program at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua. Recent major exhibitions include; Whakapī, Pātaka Art + Museum, Wellington, 2017; A (Very) Brief History of New Zealand, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, 2015-2017; and the Rotorua Museum Art Awards, Rotorua Museum, 2017 where he was the recipient of the Supreme Award for the 2017 Art Awards.
Johnson Witehira (b.1982) is an artist and designer from Tamahaki (Ngāti Hinekura), Ngāpuhi (Ngai-tū-te-auru), Ngāti Haua and New Zealand European descent. He graduated from the Whanganui School of Design in 2004, going on to complete his Masters in 2007 and a Doctorate in Māori Design from Toioho ki Āpiti School of Māori Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North. In 2012 Johnson’s work was exhibited in Times Square, New York and since that time he has exhibited regularly nationally and internationally with major recent exhibitions including; Half Blood, Objectspace, Auckland, 2016; Tangiwha, Pātaka Art + Museum, Wellington, 2015; The land of Tara, Courtney Place Lightboxes, Wellington, 2014; and This is New Zealand! Ko Aotearoa Tēnei!, Toi Pōneke, Wellington, 2012.
Pākehā, Ngāti Maniapoto
Reuben is the Director of Pātaka Art + Museum in Wellington – one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s highest visited regional institutions that specialises in Māori and indigenous art from the Pacific rim. From 2009 to 2013 Reuben was the Curator of Māori and Pacific Arts at City Gallery Wellington and in 2014 he was appointed to the position of Exhibitions Officer at Logan Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia. He has curated numerous exhibitions with many leading artists from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada and the Pacific. He has a Masters in Māori Visual Arts and Post Graduate Museum Studies qualifications from Te Pūtahi ā Toi School of Māori Visual Arts at Massey University in Palmerston North.
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