In five words, describe your place in the sector.
What first drew you to the sector i.e. Do you have a particular memory of a moment that got you hooked?
Art! But I also remember the first time I went into Te Āhuru Mōwai, Te Whare Pora and what was the Pounamu store at Te Papa. It was pivotal experience that cemented my decision in wanting to work with our taonga Māori, people and narratives. I love going into those collection stores. Te Whare Pora especially is one of my favorite places because it holds such a wealth of knowledge about Māori women's skills, adoption of new technologies and extremely high standard of quality in making.
What challenges have you faced in your career so far?
Unemployment and getting told off...
Has anything or anyone in particular provided you with support?
Yes! Tusk and Kava Club are invaluable, not only for the support but community accountability. It's so necessary to have sounding boards for figuring it all out. Individuals like Puawai, Courtney and Tryphena, among many others whom I'm met along the way, have been extremely generous with their time, especially considering that these relationships begin with me nervously asking for advice or just blurting out my problems. They are great role models because they give good advice, share their knowledge but also provide space and encourage the new nets to go fishing! I also feel really fortunate to be part of Kāhui Kaitiaki, at our most recent hui we stayed at Ōrākei marae and our indigenous whanaunga from the Pacific, Australia and Turtle Island joined us. It was heavy but also really amazing.
What do you think people at your own level (emerging etc) bring to the sector?
Engagement, relevance and crazy ideas.
What is a positive change you would like to see in the sector?
A realisation of the crazy ideas, for failure to not be the end of the world and more Māori!
What is your karaoke song?
All of them. Anytime, anywhere and with anyone who is an also overly confident, bad singer.
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