Practicing Visual & Performing Artist. Teacher.
BA. Dip Teaching. MMVA. PhD Candidate
Born in 1970 in Raetihi, New Zealand, she lives and works in Gisborne. A mother of six children, she is married to Henare Tahuri of Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu iwi.
Graduating from Toihoukura School of Māori Art and Design, she went on to train as a teacher at Christchurch Teachers Training College. She has been teaching for 16 years specializing in the Māori language, and both the visual and performing arts. She graduated from Massey University with a Master of Māori Visual Arts and Design and continues to push her educational boundaries currently as a PhD candidate in Indigenous Studies with Te Whare Wānanga o Te Awanuiarangi.
The Seventh Generation principle is an important component of the people of Tamanui (the eponymous ancestor of Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi) as it serves not only as a reminder of the wrongs of the past but also the hopes and aspirations of the future seven generations. Her recent involvement as an exhibiting artist in the Florence Biennale, Italy has opened doors for Tāwera who now has an active exhibition calendar internationally.
Tāwera is passionate about her iwi (tribe) Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi and strives to share her knowledge and culture with all who will listen.