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Where do you call home?
I was born in Christchurch. I grew up in the small town called Rangiora, close to Christchurch. My tribes are Ngai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha and Nga Puhi. I am from Rangiora. Tuahiwi is my marae. Ngai Tuahuriri is my hapū. Takitimu and Uruao are my waka. Rangiora is my original home. Now I am living in Wellington.
Nō hea koe? Kei hea tō kāinga ināianei?
I whanau mai au i Ōtautahi. I tipu ake au i te tāone iti o Rangiora, tata ki Ōtautahi. Ko Ngai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha me Ngā Puhi ōku iwi. Nō Rangiora ahau. Ko Tuahiwi tōku marae. Ko Ngai Tuahuriri tōku hapu. Ko Takitimu me te Uruao ōku waka. Ko Rangiora tōku kāinga tūturu. Ināianei, e noho ana au i Whanganui-ā-tara.
Who or what inspires you most?
Tangaroa, the atua of the sea inspires me. I am inspired by the ocean because it is very beautiful in its large expanse and appearance. I like the waves and the different nature of the sea ever day.
Ko wai, he aha rānei, te tino mea whakamanawa ki a koe?
Ko Tangaroa te atua he tino mīharo ki au. Ko te moana te mea mīharo ki au, nō te mea, he tino ātaahua te nuinga o te wai, te āhuatanga o ngā wai. Pai ki ahau i ngā ngaru me te āhuatanga rerekē o te moana ia rā, ia rā.
What three things does the world need more of?
Love, peace and happiness.
He aha ngā mea e toru he tino whakahirahira mō te ao?
Ko te aroha, ko te waikanaetanga, ko te koanga.
Classic Hits or Radio New Zealand?
The radio for me is dependent on what station my radio can pick up, both are good.
Te reo irirangi o 'Classic Hits', te 'Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa'rānei?
Ki au, mehemea, ka taea au ki te whakarongo ki te reo irirangi i tōku kainga,i roto i te motokā rānei, pai ki ahau ki te whakarongo ki ngā teihana reo irirangi katoa.
Finish the sentence. When the going gets tough
...the tough get going. (of course)
There is a time to rest and a time to work and a time to play. Balance is the key. You've just got to take it as it comes, move with the challenges and make the best of it. If work has to be done, do it until it is done, there will be a time to rest in between times.
Whakamutu te rārangi. Ina, he pūioio te haerenga,
…ka haere tonu ngā pūioio.
Ko tētahi wā ki te whakatā, ko tētahi wā ki te mahi, ko tētahi wā ki te tākaro. Ko te mea nui, ko te waikanaetanga. Ki te whakamutu ngū te take, mahi tonu, mahi tonu, ā, ka mutu te take, haere ki te whakatā, haere ki te tākaro.
What part of the creative process makes you most excited?
For me, the most exciting part of the creative process ﾑis not knowingﾒ how something is going to be made or manifested initially, but knowing that it will be created and manifested through a process of developing ideas and practical applications, experiments and solutions toward creating a finished work of art.
He aha te wāhanga o te mahi toi ki a koe he tino wana?
Ki au, ko te wāhanga tino wana o ngā mahi toi, kāore au e mōhio ana i te whakamutunga o te toi i te timata, ā, ka pēhea au ki te hanga i te mahi toi? Engari, ka mōhio au i te mahi toi i te mutunga he mea pai rawa atu. Ko te mahi whakapuāwai o ngā whakaaro me ngā mahi tuhituhi, ngā mahi hanga, ngā mahi peita hoki i ngā mea mīharo o te mahi toi.
Shoes or handbag?
At present, neither shoes nor handbags are on the agenda. Iﾒm saving for some sports gear for the summer and eating healthy.
Ngā hū, Ngā pēke ringa rānei?
Ināianei, kāore au e pīrangi ana ki te hoko ngā hū me ngā pēke ringa. He pai ki au ki te hoko ngā kai pai, ā, ki te pupuri āku moni me ngā taputapu tākaro mō te raumati.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud to be the auntie of Marrissa Kate Souness, my brother’s daughter. She is one year old and very cute.
I also have three beautiful cats, Kiti, Hini and Tama who I am proud to look after.
He aha ngā mea tino pai ki koe?
Ko Marissa Kate Souness tāku irāmutu ātaahua. Kōtahi tōna tau. Ko ia te tamāhine o tāku tūngane rāua ko tāna wahine, ko Nick rāua ko Margot.
Ko Kiti rātou ko Hini, ko tama āku ngeru ātaahua hoki.
What would you not be seen dead in?
I don’t know!
He aha te mea kakahu, ehara koe i te pai ki te mau?
Finish the sentence, ‘Art to me’…
Art to me is the expression of one’s inner self in an endless array of forms.
Whakamutu te rārangi, ‘Ko ngā mahi toi ki au’…
Ko ngā mahi toi ki au, ko te whakapuakitanga e pā ana te kaimahi o te mahi toi kei roto i ngā āhua.
Shaken or stirred?
The Christchurch Earthquake
Whakawiri, Whakatari rānei?
Ko te rūwhenua nō Ōtautahi
Which 4 people living or dead would you have over for a dinner party?
I would like to invite four of my ancestors to dinner and ask them more about the family histories.
Ko tēhea ngā tangata tokowhā, e ora ana, e mate ana, ka pīrangi koe ki te pōwhiri ki to kāinga mō tina?
Ko tōku tino pīrangi ki te pōwhiri ōku tūpuna tokowhā ki te tina ki te pātai e pā ana te whakapapa.
Could we expect to see you on a sports field?
Ā te wā, ka kite mātou i a koe e tākaro ana i tētahi kēmu kei runga i tētahi papatākaro?
What have you done to your leg?
I have provided the opportunity for my leg to have a short rest for mending.
He aha te raruraru i tōu waewae?
Kei te whakaora tōku waewae ināianei. Ākuanei, he pai te waewae!
(noun) peace, tranquillity, equilibrium
(noun) joy, delight, happiness, elation - usually followed by ng?kau.
(stative) be strong, tough, hard, muscular.
(noun) decision, solution.
1.(stative) be exciting, thrilling, inspiring awe.
(verb) (-tia) to cause to blossom, develop, flourish, prosper, thrive.
(verb) (-hia,-tia) (purihia, puritia) to hold, retain possession of
(verb) (-a,-tia) to provoke (a quarrel), incite, stir up.
(verb) to tremble, feel anxious, shake, shiver.