Ngai Tahu, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Rangitane
Cherry Te Peeti-Tapurau is a self-taught artist and a descendent of Ngai Tahu, Ngati Tuwharetoa and Rangitane. Cherry draws strength directly from her Tupuna (ancestors). She has been creating art for over 20 years working with a variety of media such as canvas, wood, mortar, glass, copper and pounamu.
Cherry is currently working with pounamu and is the sole student of one of New Zealand’s most influential and respected contemporary pounamu carvers – Te Kaha.
Cherry carves in a manner of Tikanga and Kawa (Maori customs) and embraces the teaching of her Kai ako (teacher) it has enabled her to have a direct link to the Atua and her Tupuna.
As a Maori wahine (woman) I believe we need to be strong in all aspects of our lives. I feel blessed to be able to share my work and pass on the aroha (love) that I feel when creating a precious taonga (treasures). I embrace the never-ending knowledge of my tupuna and forever will be their humble student.
‘Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu’