Whanau = Family = Forever
I am supremely proud of my Maori heritage. My great great great grandmother, Puraurau, was a Maori princess linking me forever with the Ngai Tahu tribe of the South Island of New Zealand. Her legacy, bravery and tenacity is a constant inspiration for me.
The history, spirituality and mythology of the Maori people inspires many of the designs in the Sonia Thérèse range. Channeling the knowledge and artistry of my own ancestors means that each piece has a story to tell, a message to offer or wisdom to impart.
Further, Maori believe that family is more than blood relations, and this means that you, my wonderful audience are more than customers – you are Whanau – you are Family.
Creative Connection is a concept that was born directly from my Maori heritage. It is about creating stories and beautiful symbols or totems that represent the connection with our ancestors, our Mother Earth/Papatuanuku and the Universe itself. And, of course, of paramount importance is the connection with self – finding ones self and connecting with spirit and energy and understanding how this tells the story of us all.
Find out more about Puraurau’s life and story HERE