NGĀI TARA, MUAŪPOKO
Sian Montgomery-Neutze (Ngāi Tara, Muaūpoko) is an incredible force and proponent of Te Ao Māori me ōna tikanga. A moko practitioner and ringatoi based in Porirua, Montgomery-Neutze has worked across multiple sectors as a Mātauranga Māori Advisor, Visual Arts Teacher, Resource Developer, Te Reo Translator and Project Coordinator.
Holding a Master’s Degree in Mātauranga Māori from Te Wānanga o Raukawa, a Diploma in Whakairo and Adult Education from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts from Massey University, Montgomery-Neutze’s work is steeped in Mātauranga Māori and has been exhibited across Aotearoa, Te Whenua Moemoeā (Australia), Rarotonga, Tāhiti, and America.
Nowadays, you’ll find much of Montgomery-Neutze’s kōrero sitting in the ātea of Te Ao Tāmoko. Regularly sharing her whakaaro on social media, she invites recipients and practitioners alike to think more deeply about moko kanohi practices and tikanga. A staunch earth pigment exponent, Montgomery-Neutze is often in the studio adorning works with whenua, or in collaboration with groups like Kauae Raro, knowledge sharing with other practitioners and exploring the boundaries of earth pigments.
06 – 17 June 2023
Te Auaha Gallery
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.