About This Site


Te Kohurau te maunga, Arai Te Uru te tai, Arai te Uru te waka, Poutaiki te pa tawhito, Moeraki te kainga, Aotaumarewa me Hine Matua oku hapu, Kati Mamoe, Ngai Tahu,  Ngati Kahungunu me Celt oku iwi ...   

Tena koe, tena ra koutou! 

 This site highlights parts of  a 30 writing history undergirded by an untrained creative force embedded in the DNA. This showed up in sound and visual arts culture from childhood -  sound came first.  I started writing formally  in Auckland in 1990 -  health submissions for a Maori Health Provider,  then radio writing & production for the National Maori broadcaster.   Arts journalism,  writing & research followed.   In 1996-1997,  my tribes Ngai Tahu and Kati Mamoe of Te Waipounamu,  were settling with the Crown.  Compelled to return after 17 years amongst Maori in the north,  a life-changing event occurred over a number of hours as I traveled the Desert Road towards the south.  I encountered Christ!  Unexpected pathways opened almost immediately,  including the facilitation of Maori contemporary visual and performance arts culture amongst Ngai Tahu artists from 1997.  The mandate   -  to utilise the arts of Ngai Tahu practitioners as a means of lifting the tribe from grievance of 157 years, into a time of Settlement with the Crown (1997). 

The dynamic nature of growth amongst Ngai Tahu and the role of the arts over a number of years inspired thinking about creative expression amongst communities who had less opportunity to do so.  Who and where were those groups? At intervals between 2003 and 2009 I set about delivering arts programmes as a tool that might support rehabilitative thinking amongst prisoners in Canterbury Prisons.  The work and exhibitions over a number of years  led to a national award for services to the arts and an opportunity to develop a National prison art strategy with a small team of writers, for Arts Access Aotearoa and the Department of Corrections in Wellington NZ  (2008 - 2012).

Through Arts Access, a relationship was formed with The Learning Connexion in Wellington who were delivering NCES arts programmes to prisons nationally.  Their offer of three scholarships between 2010 and 2015 allowed me to work through their curriculum, bringing focus to a lifetime of art making and the development of an arts practice.   I completed their curriculum with New Zealand painter & tutor Peter Adsett based in Melbourne. That relationship has influenced the foundations of work exhibited on these pages.

Since 2018,  I've focussed on research - KII ATU AU - MAKU E WHAI (I said I'd follow) the response of tipuna to the gospel of Christ brought to the south by missionaries Watkin, Creed, Wohlers and others from 1840.  I'm using visual arts culture to support those findings - also documented in these pages. 



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