NUKU is a multi-media series profiling 100 kickass indigenous wahine doing things differently through audio podcasts, creative portrait imagery and, at the end, a book and exhibition.
Ko Tainui te waka, Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa te moana, Ōruarangi te awa, Puketaapapa te maunga, Ihumātao te papakainga, Makaurau te marae, Te Wai o Hua, Waikato-Tainui, Ngā Puhi me Ngāti Kukiairani (Arorangi, Mangaia) ngā iwi.
Yep, my name looks weird and I’ve had a lifetime of mispronunciations. But, once we get to know each other a little better you will see its pretty easy, say it with me, Key-Ah-Ne! (Wait ’till you hear my daughter’s name!)
My story starts at 2 years old, with my nan. There is a tape recording of us interviewing each other, sharing about our day, before finishing our kōrero with a range of waiata.
I come from a long line of strong indigenous wahine and the art of storytelling was instilled in me from childhood. As I grew up, I turned it into a profession as a journalist, photographer, social documentary visual artist and activist.
NUKU is a kaupapa that has been sitting on my heart and mind for years, a creative and social impact storytelling project to amplify the voices of indigenous wahine. A platform to change the narrative.
Most of the interviews take place in my home and, I’m also behind the camera shooting all the portraits of these magnificent wahine. You’ll find me up late most nights editing audio and images, scheduling social media, writing call sheets, sending emails, annoying my team with ridiculously crazy ideas to level up, and, trying not to eat the kai for our manuhiri.