We're really looking forward to bringing you the career story of Stevei Houkamau.
Stevei is a Māori Uku (clay) artist based in Wellington. In her early career Stevei played softball for the NZ and NZ Māori team and also semi-professionally and at university in the States. Following Sept 11, she returned home to NZ.
She's been a roofer and a softball coach, and worked for the Ministry of Justice and also Immigration. In 2011 she enrolled in the esteemed Māori visual art and design college Toihoukura to do a Bachelor of Māori visual arts and it was there that her passion for Uku grew. Since then, she has pursued the goal of being a full-time artist. She's represented Aotearoa at the Pacific Art Festival in Guahan and has exhibited and made work both in NZ and Internationally and recently had her first solo show at Pataka Art Gallery and Museum. Alongside her work as an artist she was Curator at Kura Gallery, has completed a Ta Moko Apprenticeship in Tauranga, and worked at Te Papa as a Buyer and liaison with Maori and Pacific artists. She is now the Manager of Visitor Experience at Pataka, managing a team of 14.
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