Congratulations to Laura Dunlop who graduated from the University of Canterbury last year with a Masters of Education with second class honours (division two). Nā Maureen Dunlop.

Arts award winner

In November last year Chloe Cull received the Creative New Zealand Waka Toi Ngā Manu Pīrere Award. Chloe is the daughter of Tracy Rohan and granddaughter of Denise Sheat from Taumutu.

Manu Pīrere awards  are offered to young Māori in the early stages of their career in the arts (across all art forms and in arts-related areas such as curation, arts writing, and conservation).

Chloe is completing a Master’s degree in Art History at Victoria University and the award recognised her research into the art of Māori women artists. Her thesis explores the relationship between Māori women’s art of the 1970s and 80s and political activism relating to the Māori feminist and sovereignty movements. Last year Chloe was also the grateful recipient of a Ngāi Tahu Kā Pūtea award and scholarship. On completion of her studies Chloe hopes to continue working in the area of Māori art.

The award ceremony took place at Te Papaiouru Marae in Rotorua. It was a joyful occasion attended by her proud mother and grandmother.

Chloe Cull.

Chloe Cull.