Te Arawa/Tuhoe/Ngati Porou
"Although I had been through Kura Kuapapa schooling I had limited experience in the arts, other than Whakairo [wood carving]. Having no other career aspirations but a love of the arts I decided to pursue maori arts as a career. Due to unforeseen circumstance my application to Te Takapu o Rotowhio was unsuccessful but this was to be a blessing in disguise. I was introduced to Lewis Gardiner a well-respected pounamu carver, who agreed to take me on as a Tauira [Apprentice].
I am learning new skills on a daily basis and am surrounded by creative minds that are forth coming with their knowledge, skills and advice. I have purpose and direction and hope to one day pay it forward and share the knowledge that has been imparted on me."