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Nigel How

Ngati Kahungunu

Nigel is an innovative and skilled artist passionate about maintaining traditional techniques in weaving, raranga, whatu and taniko. He lives at Iwitea near Wairoa, and was one of the original group of artists who started the Gifted Sands exhibitions and workshops. He became secretary of the Tidal Arts Incorporated Society when the artists formalised their organisation, and served in that position until October 2005. He has been involved in the Ngati Kahungunu Raranga Whatu group as secretary for two years. They are the hosts of the National Weavers' Hui 2009 to be held in Wairoa.

Nigel has twice merited acknowledgement by the Weavers' Committee - at the Weavers' National Hui 2001 for innovation and skill, and at the 2005 hui for his commitment to weaving and his passion for working with harakeke and sharing his skills with others.

An honorary member of the Maori Women's Welfare league, Nigel won the Ngati Kahu o Kenana trophy for kete-whakairo for the Poutaka Branch in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008; and in 2006, 2007 and 2008 he secured the Miriona Utu-Budge trophy for tukutuku (traditional materials). In 2007 and 2008 he won the Te Kete Aroha trophy for kete whakairo harakeke - advanced.

 

Exhibitions:            

  • Gifted Sands 2001-2009.
  • Hawkes Bay Invitational 2009.
  • New Threads Contemporary Male Weavers 2009.
  • Kiwa Art Gallery Auckland.
  • Iwi Art Gallery, Wellington 2008.