BJ Natanahira

Tribal Affiliations: Te Rarawa me Te Aupouri 
Hapu: Ngāti Moroki

Ko Tīnana te waka

Ko Tūmoana te tangata

Whangatauatia te maunga

Wairoa te awa

Moroki te whare tupuna

Korou Kore te Marae

Karikura te moana

Te Oneroa a Tohe te ara wairua

Ko BJ Natanahira ahau


Through Māori artistic expression, BJ Natanahira explores the beauty of ancient cultural narratives as a means to help provide solutions within a rapidly changing social environment. "
Making art changed my life. If it wasn't for our Māori art forms, stories and good mentors, I would be another negative statistic in society". BJ gained an applied art degree in the late 90's and has since worked along side many prolific Māori artists who have influenced his journey. Today, he works with his marae and iwi to help raise the profile of Māori art within the far north region. "There are 23 Te Rarawa marae and only 5 of them are carved. My dream is to see all whare in the far north adorned with the beauty of Māori artistic expression".

 

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