Ngāti Kahungunu ki Ahuriri, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Neke Moa is an adornment and object artist, predominantly working with Pounamu (NZ nephrite jade) and collected materials. She is based at Otaki beach, Aotearoa (NZ).
Her work explores our connections within the spaces of the seen and unseen, the place where wairua resides and creativity is sourced.
She collaborates with tohunga, atua and tāngata presenting visual stories that navigate Aotearoa’s cultural, social, and political landscape.
Moa has exhibited widely and has been a part of the handshake project since its inception in 2010, exhibiting in Europe, London, Asia and Australasia.
She is a graduate of Te Wānanga-ō-Raukawa and Whitireia NZ majoring in jewellery design.
Moa has taught shell craft in Fiji and Tonga from 2016 until 2020 and continues to teach and learn as part of her art practice.
I have a shifting, evolutionary art practice that uplifts mana motuhake. Capturing stories through material use and wairuatanga. I sit centre and allow the connections to atua, tāngata and tohunga flow through the collection of materials, research and making.
I honour the sacred and profane and the spaces in between. Reminding and remembering that we are all part of a greater plan.
06 – 17 June 2023
65 Dixon Street,
Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāpuhi
I am a Multidisciplinary Artist originally from Turanganui-a-kiwa and have spent the last 20 years residing in Te Whanganui-a-tara. I have always appreciated the vibrant, creative energy present in Pōneke, and can credit much of who I am as an Artist to this beautiful city.
I am honoured to be curating the Visual Arts programme this year for Kia Mau Festival, 6 – 17 June. My intention is to exhibit tangata whenua and tangata moana Artists, who I admire and who have a strong connection to Pōneke, to showcase their mahi toi within the city landscape we love and are inspired by. Pōneke will be humming during the Kia Mau Festival, with emerging and established Artists working in many different Artforms presented in participating locations around the city.
Advocating the energy we as Artists give back to this space and time. Kia Mau Festival is a special event where we as indigenous Artists of all disciplines can come together and celebrate each other.