Artist Profile: Neke Moa



Ngati Kahungunu, Kai Tahu, Ngati Porou, Tuwharetoa

Jeweller

Neke Moa was born in Devonport, Auckland in 1971. Moa predominantly works
with stone, Pounamu (NZ jade) and locally sourced materials making body
adornment/ contemporary jewellery and objects for sale and exhibition.
In 2000 she gained a Diploma of Design and Art at Te Waananga-o-Raukawa
and then furthered her studies at Whitireia NZ, completing a Bachelor of Applied
Art.

Mana Motuhake: Independence through self determination.

Being Tangata Whenua and Wahine Maori informs and enriches my art
practice.I am a product of my society, I am maori, tangata whenua, native to Aotearoa NZ and an activist.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? maku e ki ana, he tangata! he tangata! he tangata!
What is the greatest thing in the world? I will say, tis people, tis people, tis people!

I have been mainly working with Pounamu (nephrite jade) over the last ten years, it has kept me intrigued, fascinated and captivated. It was the people from ‘Te Ao Kohatu’, the age of stone, who first learnt to work pounamu, they were the inventors, experimenters, developers of the ways in which pounamu was eventually used and how it came to be the most precious element of all: Mana pounamu.

I am a part of this whakapapa (genealogy), I continue the artistic expression through exploration, experimentation and development of pounamu as a material and as a source of inspiration.

My strength comes from my identity through maintaining language, cultural concepts, relationships with Marae, hapu and whanau. As the world stretches and imposes on our society and crosses our borders, the power of activism in social, environmental and cultural causes is paramount. Local materials and resources are important ingredients in maintaining this identity.

Mau te rourou, maku te rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket we can sustain everyone.