I te taha o toku Papa,

Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Hourota te Waka
Ko Ngāti Putaanga te Hapu
Ko Ngāti Porou te Iwi
Ko Putaanga te Marae

Ko Enoka Potae Waitoa jnr toku Papa

I te taha o tōku māmā
Ko Kahuranaki te Maunga
Ko Tuki Tuki te Awa
Ko Takitumu te Waka
Ko Houngarea me Taraia ngā Marae
Ko Ngati Ngarengare te Hapū
Ko Ngati Kahungunu te Iwi
Ko te Pakipakitanga a Hinetemoa te Tangata

Ko Janine Kenrick toku Māmā.

Ko Putaanga Waitoa tāku ingoa

Kia Ora, 

I'm an introverted creator, watery cancerian, proud Slytherin, māmā who is passionate about my culture. 

The work I manifest is an expression of myself & a collaboration of visions, for three years I've been navigating the journey of not only myself coming into māmāhood, also being a visual artist.

Photography has always been my way of giving back not only to my people but to myself. Its the way I translate my introverted soul & it is a craft I honour daily. 

I was born in Ahuriri, Aotearoa - raised on the beautiful shores of Rarotonga. Having such a rich upbringing in one of the most beautiful places in the world - I've always seen the world differently. 

Now calling myself "professional" I've also done my best to defy what it means to be a photographer in todays times. 

Capturing people & whānau is truly my passion while incorporating the values of my Māoritanga has also evolved into a rich art. 

What I'm most passionate about is my Māoritanga, decolonisation, cultural appropriation, reclamation, Mana Wāhine & Mana Motuhake. 

In 2017 I began documenting Māori women who revealed / wore Moko Kauae - A wāhine māori right of passage. 

Through this journey I was able to develop more understanding of not only myself but this craft - that it was more than monetary exchange - it is storytelling. 

Through the portraits I capture - I aim for authenticity.

Let's tell a story. 

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