Paemanu Trustees
The Paemanu Charitable Trust Board is:
Ross Hemera (Pou Tokomanawa), Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu
Areta Wilkinson (Chair), Te Hapu o Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri
Simon Kaan (Deputy Chair), Kāti Irakehu, Kāti Mako
Neil Pardington, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu
Nathan Pohio, Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Tūāhuriri
Rachael Rakena, Ngāti Wheke
Jon Tootill, Ngāi Tūāhuriri
Lonnie Hutchinson, Ngati Kuri

Ross Hemera
Ross is an established artist, designer and arts educator who has built a practice that honours and reflects the cultural and artistic traditions of his iwi, whilst incorporating new interpretations. ‘The important things are often about the land, our relationship as people with the land’.

Areta Wilkinson
Exploring Areta Wilkinson’s work, whether it is a survey, a series or a single object, is always a journey through her life history, including Ngāi Tahu ancestral stories, and the more profound aspects of human existence. Her jewellery is the embodiment of personal and collective stories.

Simon Kaan
Art’s agency within cultural revival is central to Simon Kaan’s understanding of his position as an artist. He possesses a refined visual language developed over decades, intrinsically tied to his sense of personal genealogy, being of both Ngāi Tahu and Chinese descent.

Neil Pardington
Neil Pardington’s practice has been described as ‘straight photography with a twist’. He works in the space between documentary photography – where the defining principle is to capture the truth about the world – and conceptual photography, which contends that such a truth can never really be depicted.

Nathan Pohio
Nathan is an artist working in video and other photographic media; he has worked at Christchurch Art Gallery since 2002, holding the position of Exhibition Designer since 2005. Nathan has developed a substantial practice in his field. He has nurtured many projects, both small and large scale, through to completion.

Rachael Rakena
Rachael Rakena is widely respected for her innovative use of digital and electronic media immersed in Māori tradition, culture and values. Her work has prompted a new term – toi rerehiko (literally ‘electric brain’); a play on rorohiko, the Māori word for computer. Rakena has exhibited internationally, including works at the Sydney Biennale, Venice Biennale, and Busan Biennale.

Jon Tootill
Jon Tootill’s recent work embodies European Abstraction and Modernism, yet is equally engaged with the aesthetics of Kowhawhai or Koru forms.

Lonnie Hutchinson
Lonnie is of Ngāti Kuri ki Ngai Tahu, Samoan and European descent; she was born in Auckland and works in the fields of drawing, sculpture, performance, installation and moving image. Spatial consideration and the formal qualities of materials are primary to her practice.

Past Trustees

Priscilla Cowie
Priscilla descends from Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Kahu. Māori culture is the backbone of her wide art practice, which includes sculpture commissions for Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu and commissions for CERA (Central Earthquake Recovery Authority) at Tākaro ā Poi, Margaret Mahy Family Park. She has travelled to France to take part in the Artists in Residence at Vallauris, and been mentored by Marian Fountain in the creation of bronze medals. Priscilla has also attended international art workshops and festivals with other Māori and Indigenous artists.

Kristy Bedi
Kristy affiliates to Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki; she lives in Canterbury and is a textile artist, basing her work on traditional Māori design elements which express an abiding interest in issues of the current expression of whakapapa through art and design.

We would like to thank....
Ngāi Tahu Fund for its generous support of projects undertaken by Paemanu. Without such help, these projects would not have been possible.

Our Whakapapa
Paemanu began as a group of art professionals coming together to create and drive events associated with Ngāi Tahu arts practitioners at all stages of their career development. Over time, as events became larger and more complex, funding was needed to assist Paemanu to achieve its goals. To aid in future growth, resilience and accountability, it was decided to form a trust. Paemanu Charitable Trust: Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts was granted Charitable Trust status in July 2013.

Since the formation of the Trust, Paemanu has instigated and facilitated the following arts events and activities:

  • Paemanu Wanaka Toi, November 2014
  • Paemanu website 2015
  • Te Karaka: The Art Issue. Kahuru/Autumn 2015 #65
  • Te Matatini 2015 – Dressing of the Venue and Taoka Puoro Project

Ross Hemera, Paemanu, 2009, image: Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand.

Our Brand and its Meaning
The name Paemanu is derived from the imagery found in rock paintings throughout Te Waipounamu. Paemanu was chosen as a name because it acknowledges the whakapapa and tikanga from which the group draws its creative spirit. Literally, the word translates as ‘the perch of the birds’.

The notion is of a perch where manu find sanctuary and sustenance, or conversely it is the platform from which to launch. It is a conceptual place of whakawhānaungatanga, Ngāi Tahutanga, creative discourse, inspiration, innovation, and importantly, art.

The Paemanu tohu is a visual whakapapa which speaks to Ngāi Tahu history as expressed in traditional rock art. It was developed as a collaboration between Ross Hemera and Neil Pardington, inspired by Ross Hemera’s Artwork Paemanu (2009). The imagery developed in the Paemanu work was further developed into a two-dimensional image, which then flowed into the final tohu design.

We would like to thank....
Ngāi Tahu Fund for its generous support of projects undertaken by Paemanu. Without such help, these projects would not have been possible.