kereama taepa




Kereama Taepa studied for his Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts at Massey University in Palmerston North, and continued on to gain his Masters degree. Taepas involvement in the arts have been broad and varied including bronze technician at the Dibble Arts Foundry and participating in various national Maori arts symposiums, workshops and hui.


He has also been involved with fashion through his label Urbanmaori. As a finalist within the Miromoda Indigenous Fashion Awards twice he received entry to show at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2010 and 2011 within the Miromoda shows.


Taepa taught art within the Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi Art and Visual Culture Degree for four years and currently teaches within the Bachelor of Creative Technologies at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua.


He has exhibited his art nationally and internationally, and has works in collections across New Zealand. He has recently installed sculptures for the Four Plinths Sculpture Project outside Te Papa, Wellington, early 2016 and a public sculpture in New Plymouth, 2015. His first major commissions saw him design the screens for the new toilets on the Waipa side of the Whakarewarewa forest in 2014 and the shrouds surrounding the Redwoods toilets in Rotorua 2013. He is a Supreme Award winner of the Molly Morpeth 2D Art Award in 2008, and picked up the Manawatu Potter’s Society Award’s open award in 2002.





Massey University, Masters of Maori Visual Arts

Massey University, Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts - Hons



Major Commissions



a (very) brief history of aotearoa – temporary public sculpture, Wellington



AEIOU – Maori alphabet design, Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery


Tichi – bronze public sculpture, New Plymouth


ATM wrap design, ANZ


Drinking fountain designs, Rotorua Lakes Council



Illustrations, Te Takeretanga, Levin


Waipa Toilet Block Screens, Rotorua Lakes Council



Redwoods Toilet Shrouds, Rotorua Lakes Council




Solo Exhibitions



Geo, Helium Gallery, Rotorua



Tauhuna, Art and Body Gallery, Mt Maunganui



KABLAM! Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery, Rotorua



Re:Context: thesis exhibition, Taketake Gallery, Whakatane



Ko Iwi – People, Compendium Gallery, Auckland



Group Exhibitions



Seven, The Artist’s Room Fine Art Gallery, Dunedin


Tuku Iho, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland


He Toi Reikorangi-Te Atiawa Celebrate Matariki, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae


He Kitenga, The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson


N8VLab - Oma Rapeti, Haus of Flox, Auckland


Dirty Laundry, Pop-up show, Christchurch


N8VLab-Oma Rapeti, Pataka Gallery, Porirua



N8VLab - Auckland, Railway Street Studio and Gallery, Auckland


Paperworks X, The Artist’s Room Fine art Gallery, Dunedin


N8VLab – Transforma, The Artist’s Room Fine Art Gallery, Dunedin



Papa Tipu, Expressions Gallery, Upper Hutt


Rotorua Museum Art Award, Rotorua Museum, Rotorua


Toi Waiariki, Creative Tauranga, Tauranga



Whakapapa, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga



Tawharautia Mataatua, Bluechip stadium, Tauranga


A Taranaki Focus - The Summer Arts Festival 09 regional guest exhibition, War Memorial Hall, Whakatane


Matariki Exhibition, Creative Tauranga, Tauranga.


Marariki Exhibition, RAVE, Rotorua


Artists of Plenty - Calendar and exhibition.  Fundraising project with proceeds going to Tauranga Women's Refuge



Got it Sussed, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane


On Your Mark, Taketake Gallery, Te Toi Whakarei, Whakatane


Molly Morpeth 2D Award exhibition, War Memorial Hall, Whakatane



Space Invaders,  Artstation Gallery, Newton, Auckland


Te Peke Koura, Object Space, Auckland


Whakapapa, Taketake Gallery, Te Toi Whakarei, Whakatane



Te Puawaitanga, Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North


Father’s, daughter’s, son’s and moko, WSA Artspot Gallery, Hamilton


The Wanganui Painting Show/Twelve Artists, Te Wa Gallery, Wanganui


Ngaru Rua, Scott Ormond Gallery, Napier



Te Tataitanga Matatau, Te Manawa Gallery, Palmerston North


Splendid, London, England



Matatau, Te Manawa Gallery, Palmerston North


Whanau/Families/Mothers and Daughters/Fathers and Sons, Te Wa Gallery, Wanganui


Opening exhibition of the Wine Country Gallery, Wine Country Gallery, Havelock North, Hastings



Manawatu Pottery Society Exhibition 2002, Toi Matarau Gallery and Studios, Te Wanaga o Aoteraroa, Palmerston North



Te Rei Taniwha, Blue Pacific Gallery, Pataka, Porirua


Mata Aro, Te-Putahi-a-Toi, Massey University, Palmerston North



A Chip off the Old Block, Blue Pacific Gallery, Pataka, Porirua





Rotorua Art Gallery and Museum Collection, Rotorua

Massey University Collection, Palmerston North

Te Manawa Gallery Collection, Palmerston North

Private Collection, Feilding

Te Wananga o Aoteraroa Head Office Collection, Te Awamutu





2009 - Present

Waiariki Institute of Technology - Lecturer


2005 – 2008

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi - Lecturer



Te Wananga o Aoteraroa - Guest lecturer



Professional Experience



Dibble Art Foundry - Foundry technician



Awards and Grants



Molly Morpeth Canaday  Open Art Award - Major Award Winner



Manawatu Pottery Society - Award of Merit for entry in the Beginner’s Category and over all Premier Award for all categories






Johnston, J. (2008). He Iti, He Taonga, Taranaki Maori Women Speak. (front cover). Auckland: Pinder NZ


Paama-Pengelly, J. (2010). Maori Art and Design. (pp. 20-23). Auckland: New Holland Publishers



Newspaper Articles


Daughter inspires winning artwork. (29 Jan. 2008). Whakatane Beacon, pp. 1


Design captures native bird's fragility. (22 Feb. 2013). Rotorua Daily Post


Digi Maori T shirt designer to show at NZ Fashion Awards. (16 Jun. 2011). Rotorua Daily Post


Toilets with view of bird life take shape. (6 Jun. 2013). Rotorua Daily Post



Website Articles


Digimaori at Miromoda. (1 Sep. 2011). The Big Idea



Smith, C. (2 Sep. 2011). Expert Eye: Miromoda. Auckland: NZ Herald

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