Tāwera Tahuri

Tribal Affiliations: Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Uenuku, Tūwharetoa.

Born in 1970 in Raetihi, New Zealand, she lives and works in Gisborne. A mother of six children, she is married to Henare Tahuri of Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu iwi.
Graduating from Toihoukura School of Māori Art and Design in 1997, she went on to train as a teacher at Christchurch Teachers Training College. She has been teaching for 17 years specializing in the Māori language, and both the visual and performing arts. She went on to graduate from Massey University with a Master of Māori Visual Arts and Design and continues to push her educational boundaries currently as a PhD student in Indigenous Studies with Te Whare Wānanga o Te Awanuiarangi.
A mixed media artist, Tāwera is also a current board member and secretary for Te Atinga the Contemporary Māori Visual Arts Committee in New Zealand and is also a board member for The Seventh Generation Fund For Indigenous Issues based in the USA. She has traveled extensively as an artist and regularly represents Indigenous Māori Artists on an international stage.
Influenced by the work of both European and Māori, Caribbean artists alike such as Basquiat, Klee, Picasso, Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Emere Karaka, she has produced a prolific amount of work throughout her artistic career. She is actively involved in her community as a teacher, and performer. Her seven-piece mixed media sculptural installation, exhibited in Italy, entitled "Tamanui. Seven Generations" is inspired by her iwi (Tribe) and the recent revival her people have experienced. Their Treaty Of Waitangi land Claim WAI 507 has been an integral part of this revitalization and this has been the basis of her recent bodies of work. The Seventh Generation principle is an important component of the people of Tamanui (the eponymous ancestor of Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi) as it serves not only as a reminder of the wrongs of the past but also the hopes and aspirations of the future seven generations.


Tāwera Tahuri (detail) Tamanui Seven Generations 2010 - Fibreglass and Enamel
Tāwera Tahuri (detail) Tamanui Seven Generations 2010

Fibreglass and Enamel


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