Ngā mihi. Taongahuia here and this is my page where I will share news and updates on my design and clothing label “MATA” which will be sold online through my ITI - Toa Māori : Māori Art, Fashion and Design store.
Previously known as “Kahu Huia” (short for Kākahu by Taongahuia) I had been contemplating changing the name for some time as MATA is particularly special to me as it is the name of both my grandparents and, it was my maternal Nanny Mata who taught me how to sew on her old singer sewing machine at the tender age of 10. The machine was later gifted to me on my 13th birthday by my grandfather and 45 years later, I still have it in my possession.
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