Rangi Kipa 

Iwi (tribal) affliliation: Taranaki, Te Atiawa Nui Tonu, Ngāti Maniapoto

My artistic direction over the last ten years has primarily been concerned with participating in the revival of a number of Māori art forms that were affected by the colonial process in New Zealand.

My interest [in tā moko] stems from my interest in material culture and the ethnographic art of my tupuna [ancestors] and from my training as an artist from an early age. The majority of my work has its foundation in customary techniques.

The process of relearning customary techniques is that it allows you to understand the thought processes of our tupuna and their inter-relationship with their environment. These processes effectively are an inheritance of over a thousand years of occupation and the unbroken transfer of the mauri [life-essence]; they are doorways to walk with our tupuna.

Rangi Kipa began his career as a carver, completing the three-year Māori Carving Diploma at Maraeroa Carving School, Porirua, before gaining a Masters degree in Maori Visual Arts from Massey University. He has lectured on Māori Contemporary Art and Design at the Wellington School of Design.

He now works as an artist, tā moko practitioner, carver, sculptor, and director of his own company, artmaori ltd, in New Plymouth. He also makes and plays taonga puoro - traditional Māori instruments.

Have a look at a gallery of images of Rangi Kipa at work on The Marae

Tā Mmo artist Rangi Kipa and kaiawhina (assistant) Shane Ranginui applying moko to Rueben Moses.