Tanu Aumua
Tuesday, August 21, 1979
Mobile phone: 
027 4522905


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3 years 7 months
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Street address: 
865 Main Street, Roslyn, Palmerston North 4414
400-word bio: 
Born outside of my tribal region and without the native tongue of my ancestors, I have always strived to attain the customary knowledge which is part of my cultural identity. My father was born in Samoa and is bilingual in Samoan and English, but out of concern for his children’s wellbeing chose not to pass on the Fa’a Samoa way to my siblings and I. On the other hand, my mother is monolingual with a basic understanding of her Kāi Tahu heritage and chose a pathway in Māori schooling that would enrich my understanding of tikanga Māori. This focus on education has provided me with a stronger understanding of the Māori worldview and language. My family history and personal experiences inform and ground my practice and are expressed visually in my art.
Creative Practice Types: 
["Graphic Arts","Painting","Artist"]
Short Introduction: 
I ahu mai taku manu i te keo o Aoraki matatū. Rere atu ia ki Waitaki awa noho ai i tō Kāti Huirapa whaitua. I reira kohikohi ai āna poa mo ōna marae, ko Waihao rāua ko Arowhenua ērā. Nāia, ko Kai Tahu, ko Kāti Mamoe ōku iwi.