Ko Tainui te waka.
Ko Whitireia te maunga.
Ko Parirua ngā tai.
Ko Raukawakawa te moana.
Ko Takapūwāhia te marae.
Ko Ngāti Toarangatira te iwi.
I belong to the Ngāti Toarangatira tribe of the Wellington region, North Island, Aotearoa, New Zealand. I also whakapapa to Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Koata and Ngai Tahu.
I have been an independent tā moko practitioner since 2012 and travel extensively throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) and around the world tattooing at different places throughout the year - for more info please see my bookings page. I spent three years as an apprentice learning about taa moko prior to 2012.
Nowadays, I am particularly interested in the healing aspect/potential of tā moko tattooing for my clients, and the power of transformation contained within this taonga tuku iho (treasure passed down). Modern ceremony (based on tradition) is something I am currently exploring more and more in my tattooing practice.
Highlights along the way
Guest moko artist at the closing week of the 'Whiti te rā' exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, 2017.
Painting featured in the 'Tattoos' exhibition now on at The Field Museum, Chicago, 2017.
Exhibiting artist in 'The art of resistance is the act or persistence' exhibition at Tāneatua Gallery, Tāneatua, 2017.
Guest moko artist at Ngāti Toa Artists Village, Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, 2017.
Exhibiting artist in 'Hine Raumati' exhibition at Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, 2016.
Exhibiting artist at Ora NY Gallery, New York, 2016.
Exhibiting artist in 'Tuatea' exhibition at Toi Wāhine HQ, Porirua, 2016.
Guest moko artist at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, Ngāti Toa Matariki Weekend, Wellington, 2016.
Exhibiting artist at Ki Gallery (Karanga Ink), Auckland, 2016.
Painting featured in 'Tattoos: Ritual, identity, obsession, art' exhibition in Canada at the Royal Ontario Museum, 2016.
Invited guest moko artist at Pasifika Festival, Auckland, 2016.
Illustrated first children's book project launched at Takapūwāhia Marae, Porirua, 2016.
Exhibiting artist in 'Whakatupuranga, Past, Present & Future Generations' exhibition at Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, 2016.
Opened Toi Wāhine HQ alongside a group of amazing Māori women artists, Porirua, 2015.
Guest moko artist at Conscious Roots Festival, Hongoeka Marae, 2015.
Tattooer at Indigneous Ink, Auckland, 2015.
Guest moko artist at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, Ngāti Toa Matariki Weekend, Wellington, 2015.
Exhibiting artist and guest moko artist at 'He Toi Reikorangi - Te Ātiawa artists celebrate Matariki' exhibition hosted by Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, 2015.
Invited by The Suter Gallery to be a guest moko artist at 'He Kitenga: A glimpse of the future' exhibition, Nelson, 2015.
Painting featured at Musee du quai Branly in Paris, as part of 'Tattooists Tattooed' exhibition, 2014.
Featured in 'Whiti te rā, the story of Ngāti Toarangatira' exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, 2014.
Gave birth to my beautiful baby daughter, Niwareka, 2013.
Started touring as an independent moko artist, and have since been tattooing and doing guest spots at studios and locations such as NY Adorned (New York), Arts Elemental (Gold Coast), Primitive Tattoo (Perth), Kings Cross Ink (Sydney), Tatt Datt (Melbourne), Pacific Tattoo (Paekakariki), Hetet Studios (Waiwhetu), Nelson, Taihape, Auckland, Wellington, Ōtaki, Waikanae, Porirua, Southland (Murihiku) and Paris 2012 - 2016.
Featured in 'E tū ake: standing strong' exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand. This show also traveled to Musee du quai Branly, Paris, Museo de la las culturas, Mexico City, and Musee de la civilization, Quebec, 2011.
Opened 'Moko Ake' studio in Titahi Bay with my mentor, 2011.
Awarded Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Scholarship for Emerging Māori Artists, 2010.
Started three year tā moko apprenticeship with Mark Kopua, Tolaga Bay, 2009.
My digital series 'Matariki' purchased by Gisborne Museum as part of their permanent collection, the same series also winning a first place multimedia category art award at NZ National Womens Art Show, 2008.
Attended Toihukura School of Māori Art & Visual Design, Gisborne, 2008.