Tuwharetoa, Ngati Hine, Kai Tahu nga Iwi Ko Waihopai te Tūrangawaewae Cheree has lived and worked in Southland for most of her life.


Using traditional Māori weaving techniques taught by kuia, whānau and friends she has worked with and woven flax for over 20 years.

Puipuiaki/ Rare & Precious, 2016
Harakeke/flax, prepared and hand-woven (korowai/kakahu technique); steel (takirua technique); deerskin, prepared and hand woven (korowai/kakahu technique)
1,700 x 2,000 mm, 3 x panels

I think about this place where our ancestors once walked and lived. I saw and experienced these
ancient places of occupation – a safe haven for our beautiful manu. I am truly humbled and very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing journey. Puipuiaki reflects these feelings: the layers of colour and texture, the knowledge that these people, our ancestors, were here experiencing the amazing beauty of this very rare, precious and special place called Tamatea.
‘Toitu te whenua, whatu ngarongaro nga tangata’ (As man disappears from sight, the land remains).

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