Kia Pai…Tu Meke….Mahi mahi mahi
About Natanahira Te Pona
Born and bred in Turangi. When I was young all I wanted to do was join the armoured division in Waiouru as a tank diver, it was a passion for me. I watched the Falklands war unfold. Having seen the effects of an antitank missile technology at that time, I decided that it was not a great career to pursue
Hence at was my second option, just a litter safer
From there I attended the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua where my career as an artist has bloomed. I can say that it was not an easy road to take but….I have not regretted the path I have taken.
I have represented Aotearoa in sculpture as I was chosen to attend a wood sculpture in Nepal to assist with the rebuild of a school playground, not long after the earthquake 2015 in Nepal.
Thorough out my life and the careers that I have lead in my life, has lead to this moment. I have been working with whanau from all cultures, in exploring the world of Te Ao Maori.
Assisting whanau as in helping them to understand how the world of te Ao Maori perceived in this modern world and era, bringing back the wairua the tiakana and kawa to that, that has been missing within our culture and youth of today.
Assisting youth and adults in assisting to reunite them with their heritage, In return helping them understand who they are and where they came from.
I am currently working with whanau of different cultures, assisting them in understanding the world of Te Ao Maori. In return I get to understand their culture.
- Well skilled with practical machinery and tools
- I can work with-in any environment that requires specialised tools
- Full drivers’ licence
- Basic computer skills
- Good communication skills. For example, working with councils and relaying the message to artists eg: OHS compliance
- Good at practical on the floor management
- Great at mediator skills. For example, between clients and artists.
- Working within a team environment.
- I am self-motivated.
- I will not leave a work environment until the task at hand is complete.
Lake House Arts
Still Employed P/T
Kawerau District council
Maori Arts and Crafts Institute Rotorua
Te Wananga o Aotearoa
I have led and worked within many projects that show case, the many skills that I have acquired during my time as an artist and organiser, of many art events and projects, skills that have helped me work with local councils, public schools, local business and private institutions.
- Working with other cultures
- Working with all clients from all ages
- Teaching with in the world of Te Ao Maori
Wiremu Taniwha Kingi rauauko Ngahuia Retimana oku tipuna ki te taha ko taku Papa
Rangi Herewaka Rata rauako Paiahua Karena oku tipuna ki te taha ko taku whaea
Ko Tutete Taniwha Kingi rauauko Mailie Rata oku maatua
Nga Puhi, Tu Wharetoa, Ngati Raukawa, Te Arawa oku Iwi
Matangirau, Mangamuka, Hirangi, Tunohopu oku marae
Whakatane Sculpture Symposium 2020 (Floor manager)
Whakatane Sculpture Symposium 2019 (Floor manager)
Matariki Sculpture program 2019 Artist Director
Kawerau Sculpture Symposium 2019 (Floor manager)
Tutor Odyssey House New Lynn 2019 part-time
Lake house Whakairo tutor 2019 part-time
Whakatane Symposium 2018 (Floor manager)
Kawerau Woodbugs Symposium 2018 (Floor manager)
Rotorua Sculpture symposium 2018
Whakatane Symposium 2017 (Floor manager)
Kawerau Woodbugs Symposium 2017 (Floor manager)
Lakehouse Sculpture Symposium 2017
Kawerau Woodbugs Symposium 2017 (Floor manager)
Leigh Sculpture Symposium 2017Whakatane Symposium 2016 (Floor manager kids program)
Nepal World Wood Symposium 2016 (Represented Aotearoa)
Kawerau Woodbugs Symposium 2016 (Floor manager)
Rotorua Sculpture symposium 2016
Whakatane Sculpture symposium 2015
Kawhia School 2015
Kawhia Arts festival 2015
Kawerau Woodbugs Symposium 2015 (Floor manager)
Stratford Symposium 2015
Kauwerau Woodbugs Symposium 2014
Rotorua Sculpture symposium 2014
Matariki Sculpture symposium 2013 (Floor manager)
Matariki Sculpture symposium Rotorua 2012 (Floor manager)
Whitianga Sculpture symposium 2012Maori Visual Batchelor Arts Twoa 2011 – 2012
Ruapeke Marae Fitzgerald’s glades State High 5 2011
Apumoana Marae Tangata whenua shelter 2010
Art exhibition Australia 2007
Computer Animator with Maori TV in Turangi 2005 – 2006
Sculpture Symposium Lake house Auckland 2001 – 2002 – 2003 – 2004
Sculptures to Texas with Peter Brierley Millman 2004
Arts exhibition Holland 2004
Parliament Buildings Refurbishment team 91 – 95
Maori Arts and Crafts Institute Rotorua 87 – 90
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Mahi Whakairo - Carving Course 1Introduction
Nga mihi Whanau ano (You will notice below how to pronounce the translation in English) (Nah me-he Far-no a-naw) Hello again family
As we roll through the weeks, we will be discussing Maori designs for now and the meanings behind them, there are many version or interpretations behind each tohu (Tore-who) …depending on the artist and the tribe.
Check out the Intro Video