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New York: Creative Retreat #1

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New York: Creative Retreat #1

New York Fashion Week 2020 - What a blast.  What an INTENSE blast!! I guess I always knew it was going to be pretty intense, but if I am honest, I didn't fully appreciate just how intense it would be.  So much growth in such a short period of time, well that takes some integration to get the full learning out of it. Luckily for me (in hindsight - I didn't think it was all that lucky at first) getting flights back to New Zealand in the middle of a global pandemic meant that I needed to spend quite a...

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The Story of Us: Pirarurau White

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The Story of Us: Pirarurau White

The Story of Us.You and me.Our families, our ancestors. Our whanau, our kin.For me, this is what shapes my past, and what provides a platform from which to build, craft, CREATE, my very own story.And like my ancestor, Piraurau – mighty Wahine Toa/Warrior Woman – it is about honouring the spirit and wisdom of my ancestors, and yet allowing myself to choose my own pathway. I have talked at length about the legend of Piraurau and her deeds (…read more here) and she has inspired so much of my creativity in the past few years.Her courage in the face of...

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Should's and Horrible's

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Should's and Horrible's

Well, I don’t know about you but my Mother’s Day sucked! There, I said it. In the wake of countless Facebook posts from friends and family about breakfast in bed, brunch, lunch, walks in the forest, amazing gifts and dinners, my experience of Mother’s Day was far from this utopia. Made me feel sick and inadequate just looking at them. I couldn’t even “like” because it was a forced, expected response…poor me!You know what really sux? It was like this last year, and the year before….for the last 14 years actually. It didn’t get off to a good start in...

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Piraurau – a most amazing woman

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Piraurau – a most amazing woman

Her name was Piraurau.  She was a remarkable woman born around 1826 (her exact date of birth is not known, but may be as early as 1822) and dying in 1881.  She was my great great great grandmother…her story is one of local legend and I would like to share this story with you.  It will give you some insight into why Maori art and culture is so important to me and why it forms the very essence of Tiki Kiwi. Piraurau was one of the very first Maori women living on Banks Peninsular in Canterbury to marry a Paheha...

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