MEET THE DESIGNERS

Streetwear

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    Mac Vicious Society

    Mac Vicious Society (MVS) was founded by Glen Maclachlan who affiliates to Ngāti Maniapoto. The MVS ethos is about creating a unique subculture fashion brand within Aotearoa. “As New Zealanders we like to challenge traditional trends and play by our own set of rules. MVS has embraced this and has been developed using inspiration from two subcultures, the Punks of the 1970’s and the Yuppies of the 1980's. These two influences have resulted in the creation of a brand that has a mixture of smart attire with a twist punk infusion (SMUNK for short)”

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    RISE SUPPLY CO – Ranui Samuels.

    Ranui Samuels whakapapa is Tainui, Ngāti Hauā through his father. Born and raised in the highlands of Tribal Papua New Guinea, Ranui grew up in a place where the primordial and primeval were the everyday, living among a stone age people, around their campfires, hunting with their children and sleeping under the stars.

    One thing Ranui understands inherently from his Papua New Guineas upbringing, is branding.

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    William Waiirua

    From small-town Kaikohe and Feilding to high-profile musical artist and social media influencer, William Waiirua is on a journey of love, fun, laughter, identity and a mission to empower people to be comfortable in their own skin. William joins Tiki Āhua | Kura Mōwai with his distinctive eyewear and will no doubt bring a whole new layer of fun to the Tiki Āhua catwalk

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Daywear

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    Jeanine Clarkin

    Jeanine descents from Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Ranginui, Raukawa. Her 2016 collection Te Ao Hōu (The new world) takes a journey through seasons and hemispheres, with solid winter wool pieces complemented by more ephemeral references. Her collections have been seen at fashion weeks and indigenous festivals including London Geneva Sydney Melbourne and Hawai'i.

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    Natura Aura - Leilani & Anastacia Rickard

    Founders of Natura Aura Limited are Leilani Rickard and Anastasia Rickard. Leilani Rickard is a traditional weaver and artist and has been working with native plants for over 40 years while competing in various wearable arts and fashion competitions.

    Anastasia Rickard her mokopuna, has a background in science and art design and has been a recipient of various internships and scholarships. By combining their strengths, they are able to create fashion collections and accessories that are inspired by their culture, nature, science and fashion. 'Natura' is the Latin name for Nature, 'Aura' means essence/spirit.

    “We are inspired by nature’s beauty, essence and spirit when we create fashion garments and accessories.... We also pride ourselves in keeping our garments and accessories New Zealand Made.”

    Natura Aura showed at the NAC International Fashion Culture Week in Auckland 2018.

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Evening Wear

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    Kiri Nathan

    Armed with a Diploma in Visual Arts and the time-honoured arts of whakairo (carving) and raranga (weaving), the Kiri Nathan label is about identity and inclusivity inspired by the strength and beauty of New Zealand and Māoridom. Proudly gracing the catwalk at many fashion events, Kiri Nathan is a raw and truthful expression, featuring fashion from a cultural and natural perspective. Collections are paired with pounamu (greenstone) jewellery made by Kiri’s husband, Jason Nathan.

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    Taongahuia Maxwell

    Ngāti Uekaha, Ngāti Maniapoto Kahu Huia

    Local Emerging designer, Taongahuia Maxwell, fuses Māori design concepts and tailored excellence, for those wanting to bring a cultural narrative to their statement wear. Under the label “Kahu Huia”, Taongahuia uses a variety of techniques, preferring custom design, hand print, hand dyed and sustainable fabrics, to reflect, inform or retell aspects of her culture through contemporary fashion.

    Her Tiki Āhua collection seeks to redefine eveningwear with pieces from her debut Miromoda/NZFW collection “Niho Fusion” and pieces inspired by taaniko and weaving patterns. Her highwaist wide leg pants and skirts make reference to the blankets which replaced our traditional clothing in the 1800’s, to the Womens dress reformers of the early 1900’s.

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Weaving

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    Weavers of the Valley

    Weaving represents unity and togetherness – a weaving together of people and communities.

    As the pioneering art form of Māori fashion, weaving holds a special place in Tiki Āhua. This section plays tribute to the past and present weavers of Te Puia | NZMACI, and in particular, Tohunga Raranga (master weaver) Emily Schuster.

    Emily set up the original Te Whare Raranga – the national weaving school at NZMACI, and held the position as Te Tumu Raranga (Head of Weaving). The school was later renamed Te Rito in 1988. In her time, Emily was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal by the New Zealand Government, an Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II and the Newman’s Tourism Award.

    Emily generously passed on her knowledge, expertise and love of weaving to many of today’s Tohunga Raranga (master weavers) and is considered as largely responsible for keeping the art form alive.

    This section is also designed to inspire the next generation of indigenous weavers.

Adornment

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    Stacy Gorine, Te Takapū National School of Stone and Bone Carving

    Internationally acclaimed for his small scale adornment works, Stacy Gordine is the Tumu (head) of Te Takapū o Rotowhio (National Stone and Bone Carving School) at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

    With over 25 years’ experience as a multimedia carver and adornment artist, Stacy has carved alongside the indigenous peoples of both Alaska and Hawaii, serving not only as tutor but also as student alongside other indigenous master artists.

    Taking inspiration from his Ngāti Porou ancestors’ work and juxtaposing it with modern tools and techniques, Stacy has established a distinctive ‘miniaturisation’ style that is exhibited in Te Papa, Dowse, Pātaka Museum and private collections world-wide.

    Arriving to NZMACI in 2013, Stacy continues the legacy of his great-uncles’ Pineamine and Hone Te Kauru Taiapa, who were students of the original carving school in Rotorua and tutored many of today’s master carvers.

    Adornment pieces from Stacy are featured in Tiki Āhua, from Stacy and his 8 students, calling on inspiration from our Pacific origins and Māori material culture.

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    Te Takapū o Rotowhio

    Te Takapū o Rotowhio opened on 5 October 2009, expanding the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute's commitment to maintaining, developing and promoting the arts, crafts and culture of Iwi Māori (Māori tribes) as mandated by government's 1963 act. The school teaches the traditions of carving, pounamu (nephrite-jade/greenstone), bone and stone. Derived from wood carving and underpinned by the same philosophies, here you will find finely carved pendants designed and carved by tutors and students of the school.

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    Arekatera Maihi (Katz)

    A skilled tā moko artist, carver and musician, Arekatera “Katz” Maihi is the Tumu (head) of the four schools at New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) and is also the Tumu Whakairo of Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau Aotearoa (head of the National Wood Carving School).

    Recently, Katz has been involved in a number of kaupapa including Tuku Iho | Living Legacy in Rio de Janeiro, where he showcased his tā moko skills on willing locals.

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    Jacob Tautari

    Tā moko artist and NZMACI wood carving graduate, Jacob Tautari is the first of his family to be involved in the Māori arts. A descendant of Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāi Te Rangi, Jacob describes himself as a bit of a ‘fruit salad’.

    Originally from Invercargill, Jacob began his art journey in Tokoroa where he studied tā moko for four years. An NZMACI graduate, Jacob finds a noticeable link between the two.

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    Marama Jewellery (Courtney Jamieson)

    Courtney Jamieson of Marama Jewellery, studied jewellery design and manufacturing in Wellingtonfor three years before heading to Te Wai Pounamu to immerse herself in the rich stone carving culture of Aotearoa. From there she learnt to carve her stones to fit each piece of jewellery. This eventually resulted in Marama Jewellery, her own collection of taonga (jewellery/treasure) and accessories that strikes a balance between Māori history and modernity.

     

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    Henare (with Masami) Jewellery by Nerida Johnstone

    Nerida Johnstone is the owner and passionate advocate of Henare. She affiliates to Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata and Ngāti Kahungunu.

    Henare is the culmination of many years work; for a long time Nerida formally trained in sculpture, working extensively in lost wax casting before forging Henare into the modern, edgy adornment brand it is today.

    Her hand-made work has a raw, eclectic edge, using nature’s most precious gifts in the form of stone, crystals, gems, bone and leather, fused with metals. The one-of-a-kind, limited edition pieces enable the wearer to connect and be empowered by nature in their everyday life. Henare has enabled Nerida to consolidate her experiences and skills to produce what she creates today.

    “I love that the work Henare produces serves a purpose of elevating and uplifting its wearers through the natural materials, which I aspire to compliment with my lovingly handmade aesthetic” says Nerida.

Ready to Wear

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    Adrienne Whitewood

    Adrienne Whitewood is of Rongowhakaata descent. Inspired by Māori art and culture, Adrienne Whitewood takes traditional concepts and invents unique silhouettes. Exploring fabric manipulation and technology, her ethos is about creating wearable clothing for women who want an emotional connection to what they are wearing.

    In 2010, she debuted her first collection titled; Kimihia He Ngaro (Search for the unseen, the unobtainable) at New Zealand Fashion Week. In 2011, she won the supreme title at the Miromoda fashion awards with her collection Te Aho Tapu (the sacred thread). In 2012 Adrienne won the Cult Couture Supreme Award at the Southside Arts Festival.

    Adrienne’s passion stems from her fascination with Māori art, history and tikanga, and is greatly inspired by her home town of Rotorua. She now works full time in the industry, opening Ahu boutique in 2013.

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    Mitchell Vincent

    Mitchell Vincent Collection is a contemporary ready-to-wear label that has an international influence, yet reflects the relaxed culture and lifestyle of New Zealand.

    Established in 2013, the label has already received recognition in the fashion and entertainment world, both nationally and internationally. Mitchell Vincent has been seen on national and international runways, while his collection has graced the red carpets of major award ceremonies, popular television shows and music videos.

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    Misty Ratima

    Showcasing at this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week and bringing New Zealand fashion to the NAC International Fashion Culture Week, Misty Ratima is poised to claim her place among Aotearoa’s most talented and successful fashion designers, especially after being named the supreme winner of the indigenous Māori design competition, Miromoda, in 2017 and 2018.

    Having studied Māori, fashion and visual arts and design, Misty’s collection, called Matariki-Ahunga-Nui, represents kai (food), family gatherings and all things pertaining to Matariki (Māori New Year). Misty’s clothing line celebrates women, identity, culture and values, while highlighting the importance of traditional practices and values in modern day times.

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