John Poi was born and bred in Gisborne -Te Tairawhiti, New Zealand. He graduated from EIT Tairawhiti’s Toihoukura Maori School of Arts in 1998 with an Advanced Diploma in Maori Arts and Design. In 1999 he received a Diploma in Teaching from Christchurch College of Education. He has held an Associate Teaching position at Lytton High School - Gisborne, since 2000. John teaches Visual Arts as well as Maori Performing Arts. In 2011 John was awarded study leave and graduated from Te Wananga o Aotearoa’s Toimairangi with a Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts.
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