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Ruth Woodbury

"Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua toku waka, Ko Hokianga Whakapou karakia te wahapu, ko Whiria te pa o Rahiri, ko Te Ramaroa te maunga e tu ana, toku wa kainga ki Motutoa, ki te putake o tena. Ko Te Hikutu, Ngati Wharara me Ngati Korokoro oku whanaunga. Ko Ruth Woodbury ahau.”

Translation:
My bloodlines came upon the first canoes (waka) which landed in our sacred harbour Hokianga. The fortified village home of my ancestor nestled closeby, dwarfed by the mountain Te Ramaroa that stands behind it, at the base of which my direct line was raised. My family has roots to the east, west, south and north of this original landing place.

Born in 1982 in Takapuna, Auckland, NZ, with Maori, Chinese and NZ European heritage lines. Ruth's interest and passion carries across a wide range of artistic expression in educating, curating and practice of visual arts with foundations in maori traditional weaving. She enjoys the living art of traditional Maori practices from textile construction, purposeful baskets to decorative wall designs; kakahu, raranga, tukutuku. Ruth’s community contributions (matauranga tohatoha) feature in and around the Auckland Region sharing and demonstrating her art form and engaging creative thinking and linking application across various arts sectors. Ruth works on the frontline with communities in her role as Educator with Corban Estate Art Centre in West Auckland and Tangata Whakapiri with Atamaira Dance Company

Detail of 'Rakai Kake: Adorn Thy Neck' (2016), exhibited at Corban Estate Arts Centre as part of Additions. From left: 'Roimata Ua', 'Te Moananui-a-Kiwa', 'Love and Mangopare', 'Roimate Toroa'
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