Ngai Tuahuriri Kaumatua kapa haka, 2015 Kaumatua Kapa haka Festival Te Papa, Wellington  Photo supplied by Puamiria Parata-Goodall
Ngai Tuahuriri Kaumatua kapa haka, 2015 Kaumatua Kapa haka Festival Te Papa, Wellington
Photo supplied by Puamiria Parata-Goodall

Ngāi Tahu Artists


Lonnie HutchinsonLonnie Hutchinson-3

Lonnie is a world-renowned multi-media and installation artist who is informed by the rich cultural resources of her Polynesian heritage (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Hamo). Lonnie has taught Art and Art History and Theory in various Colleges and Universities in New Zealand and Australia and has had management roles for various arts organisations. In 2000 Hutchinson was the first woman recipient of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies residency at the University of Canterbury and was also a recipient of the first International Indigenous Art residency at the Banff Art Centre, in Alberta, Canada in 2003. As well as having public art commissions, Lonnie’s work can be found in The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, the Hocken Library Dunedin, the Queensland Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Australia, The Chartwell Collection and in private collections. Lonnie is a current board member of Paemanu Charitable Trust.


Fayne Robinson – Carver

(Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa Ki te rā Tō)
Hapū: Ngāti Mahaki, Ngāti Waewae, and Puaha te Rangi
Born: Hokitika, 1964
Graduate of NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute Carving School, 1984


Dr Areta WilkinsonAreta Wilkinson_for Web-1

(Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Irakehu)
Areta Wilkinson’s passion to improve her own understanding of Te Ao Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu worldview) and to demonstrate the continuum of this knowledge through visual language led to a PhD in Creative Arts with Massey University 2014. She has developed a significant art practice over 20 years. Areta is confident that the Christchurch Rebuild projects, considering Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu methodologies with cultural influences, will distinguish design outcomes from other international practices.


Keri WhaitiriKerri Whaitiri Mathpopore, Ngai Tahu research, 10.5.16

Keri is the current Matapopore Project Manager for the Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct, the 3.2km river corridor stretching between the Antigua Boat Sheds and the Avon Loop.  In this role, Keri liaises between Matapopore and CERA (now Ōtākaro Limited) to realise Mana Whenua engagement in the various areas of this precinct.
Previously, Keri has worked as an Architect and tertiary educator.  Over the years, she has diversified her practice by incorporating installation art, jewellery and landscape design.  She holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), a Master of Arts (Hons) specialising in Film, Television and Media Studies and has increasingly integrated kaupapa Māori into her studies and work ethic.