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Jessie Moetu Christie-Smith

Hinepua, Ngati Kahungunu.

Jessie's main artforms are taaniko and various works made from harakeke ranging from piupiu to flax roses and. She made the outstanding taaniko cue stick holder and a  tapeka for her son because she was just curious to see what the outcome would look like.

She became interested in taaniko when she was a student at Whakaki School, where she was taught to make headbands with wool and string. At home she saw that her Papa, Mama, Mum and Aunty Ani Smith were constantly engaged in handcrafts, knitting, crocheting or dress-making. She left home for Turakina College when she was 12 or 13 and there was inspired to develop her skills with taaniko.

Artworks made over the years include some taaniko handbags for her mother and a lot of taaniko belts for rugby players in their team colours, including Tokoroa, Taranaki, Tairawhiti and Tamaki Makaurau. Jessie has often worked wananga-style making piupiu with her mum Parekura Robinson, brother Pita Walker-Robinson and niece Lana Smith-Keil.

A member of the Poutaka Maori Women's Welfare League, Wairoa area, she regularly enters the League competitions and has won a few national competitions. She enters work in the four competitions held each year by the Wairoa branch of the Maori Women's Welfare League.

Jessie showed work in the first two Gifted Sands exhibitions held at Ruawharo Marae, and continues to exhibit since the move to Mokotahi Hall.