These are part of a new series, based on the poutokomanawa (centre post in the meeting house) that depicts an ancestor from which those people descend. The poutokomanawa is the manawa (heart) of the house.
Te Atihaunui a Paparangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Paerau graduated with a Diploma in Craft Design-Māori in 1990 from Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua. She currently tutors in ceramics at Te Puna Toi, a Māori visual arts program of Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Palmerston North. She is a member of Nga Kaihanga Uku, a national Māori clayworkers’ group; Kauwae, a Māori female artists’ group, and Nga Wahine Kai Whakairo, a national Māori women’s carving group.
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