Kura Te Waru Rewiri
Kura Te Waru Rewiri is one of Aotearoa New Zealand's most celebrated Māori women artists.
Kura has taught art in schools, tertiary institutions, Whare Wananga and universities, including Massey’s Toioho ki Āpiti from 1996 - 2006. She is an experienced painter, studying fine art at Ilam School of Fine Arts and joining Nga Tamatoa Māori activist group, which provided the incentive for her to address the issues related to Te Tiriti O Waitangi in her paintings.
Kura assisted the first cultural exchange with Hawaiian artists under the auspices of Māori Arts and South Pacific Arts Council and was a founding member of the Te Atinga Committee, Toi Māori. In 1990 she received a Queen Elizabeth’s Arts Council Grant to produce work based on the 150 years commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
During her time teaching at Toioho ki Apiti she became the first to achieve the masters in Maori visual arts. She also helped set up the Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi Bachelor of Māori Art in Whakatane.
Kura has been a key contributor to contemporary Māori exhibitions around the world; she has had numerous solo shows with Ferner Galleries in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and her paintings are held in prestigious international collections as well as being documented in many books, including the monograph 'Kura Te Waru Rewiri’.
In 2012 Mangere Art Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku held a survey exhibition of Kura's work. The accompanying publication is a testament to her standing within New Zealand’s contemporary artistic landscape and her mana within Māori art.
Her painting practice gives a voice to the concerns and the place that is occupied by Māori women, as well as enabling understanding and appreciation of Māori realities and beliefs in New Zealand today, forming a bridge between traditional and contemporary Māori arts practice.
Her legacy is one that will endure, not only through her practice, but also through her tireless support, guidance and mentorship to her students, fellow artists, art academics and to contemporary Māori art curators.