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  • Last Assessments
    My final assessments are underway and towards completion for next weeks exhibition. Its been a pretty tough, tiring and busy year and i look forward to next year and being able to put some garments into production as i haven't had the opportunity this year to do so. My poor tinana has had to deal with alot, as well as my whanau, who continue to support the crazy things i throw myself into.
    So watch this space.
    Posted: Wednesday 7 November 2018
  • Dress Entertainers for Harry & Meghan
    During the week i was invited to dress three backupsingers for Turanga Merito, who was performing for Prince Harry & Meghan. I chose the formal look of my Poutama long skirt and matched it with two other garments each chosen to suit the wearer.
    Posted: Tuesday 30 October 2018
  • VIVO Salon Runway, Auckland
    Donald, from Vivo Rotorua gave me a huge challenge, not just the garment but the timeline. I hand stitched the border top of the dress and hem of the dress and fused some sequin fabric for a shoulder bow. I was def happy with the results which were enhanced with bleached blonde hair and extensions and blinged out nails and shoes.
    Posted: Saturday 27 October 2018
  • MOKO Runway, Whangarei
    An evening of Fashion, Art, Dance and Music was enjoyed by those who attended Whangarei's inaugural event. I loved it. I mixed my old kakahu with the latest pieces to create looks for 10 gorgus Whangarei wahine. The collection was profiled as "From Blanket to Boardroom, to Ballroom"
    Posted: Tuesday 23 October 2018
  • L5 Exhibition, Toi Ohomai, Rotorua
    Our Toi Ohomai Creative Technologies Level 5 end of year Exhibition is coming up. The above skirt was my Fashion item created from scratch, including drawing up my own pattern then sewing it from my custom design Poutama fabric.
    Posted: Tuesday 23 October 2018
  • TIKI AHUA, Rotorua
    Fresh from NZFW, i was one of the designers selected to show for Tiki Ahua. It was a wonderful experience and a priviledge to show my kakahu alongside some wonderful designers. My only problem was, i was placed in the evening wear section so, 2 x new pieces were created to ensure i fit the Evening Wear Brief.
    Posted: Sunday 23 September 2018
  • NZFW, New Zealand Fashion Week, Auckland
    "Niho Fusion" at NZFW. What an honour and a priviledge to be able to show my collection at New Zealand Fashion Week. My collection honoured our original Māori Fashion designers, our traditional weavers, and infused weaving pattern niho taniwha, to reconstruct the tartan pattern design in custom fabrics used for the collection. Getty Images.
    Posted: Saturday 15 September 2018
  • Plenty Magazine, Bay of Plenty
    Great write up by Plenty magazine about emerging model Akeyah Wade from Kawerau and emerging designer Taongahuia ..
    Posted: Tuesday 31 July 2018
  • MIROMODA, NZ FASHION WEEK
    Check out the link for the Miromoda Fashion Design competition winners who have successfully gained participation in the Miromoda Showcase at New Zealand Fashion Week to be held in Auckland, late August / Sept.
    Posted: Sunday 8 July 2018
  • HARMONY RANGIMARIE FASHION EXPERIENCE
    On 30th June, Karen Hansen hosted the Harmony Rangimarie Fashion Experience, held at Princes Gate Hotel, Rotorua, was a huge success. Unfortunately i was unable to attend but was able to show a my tuaTORU collection in support of a great kaupapa
    Posted: Sunday 1 July 2018
  • MIROMODA, Wellington
    Mihi to Ata and her team at Miromoda Fashion Design competition for your continued support for Māori fashion designers throughout Aotearoa. Congratualtions also to the winners who have successfully gained participation in the Miromoda Showcase at New Zealand Fashion Week to be held in Auckland, on Thursday 30th August. I was one of the Emerging Designer Runners Up and look forward to making my debut on the NZFW runway.
    Posted: Friday 29 June 2018
  • GIM, Global Indigenous Runway, Melbourne
    Thank you to Tina Waru and her team for a wonderful event supporting indigenous designers and models. I appreciated the encouragement provided as an emerging designer which inspired me to carry on and believe in my abilities.
    Posted: Thursday 8 March 2018
  • HUIA Fashion Show, Rotorua
    Maori fashion show - is set to bring together the businesses of Hinemoa St for a night of entertainment. The alcohol free event was the brainchild of business owner at Toa Maori, Taongahuia Maxwell and fashion designer Mereana Ngatai. Ms Maxwell said the idea came about as a way to do something for the community. "We decided to put on a fashion show in one of the empty shops and to bring together a number of the other creative retailers down our street."
    Posted: Tuesday 24 October 2017
  • REPURPOSING
    Recycling & repurposing to create new crafts and handy items
    Posted: Sunday 25 December 2016
  • Had a fab time at the G O Fashion Fundraiser. Great learning curve and great young and old models. Check out this link for show pics. http://events.cinzia.co.nz/rdcfashionshow
    Posted: Tuesday 5 July 2016
  • GO Fashion Show
    Fundraising Fashion Show to support upcoming fashion models to be held this Saturday, 2 July 2016 at 6pm, Council Building. Tickets available at Toa Maori, 1184 Hinemoa Street or online.
    Posted: Saturday 25 June 2016
  • Thanks to Glen Hawkins Associates and TePuni Kokiri for the inspirational and information workshop. Looking forward to utilising some of the new knowledge and skills.
    Posted: Wednesday 22 June 2016
  • International Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference
    Ngati Pikiao hosted the World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference this week to an awesum crowd. The conference included a World Youth conference as well.
    Posted: Tuesday 31 May 2016

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