Arpége Taratoa


Arpége Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāpuhi) is a multifaceted creative professional with a background in fine arts and a wealth of experience in the art world. As the cultural engagement manager for Shepherdess Magazine, programme manager for Shepherdess Muster Event, marketing manager for Tātai Ora Charitable Trust, and a freelance writer, Arpége brings both critical and creative thinking to her work.

Arpége’s artistic journey began at Massey University in Hamilton, and she later transferred to Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts. She progressed into a career as a lecturer, curator and creative director, and currently sits on Creative Bay of Plenty’s Board of Trustees.

After living in Auckland while she completed her studies, and then a brief stint in Rotorua, Arpége returned to the Bay of Plenty, a location that holds special significance for her due to her ancestral connections. Settling in semi-rural Ōmokoroa, the natural beauty of our region, particularly the Mount, holds a deep sense of connection to her land, ancestors, and inner self.

Arpége believes creativity serves as a portal to explore diverse worlds, bridging the gaps of time and space to encompass the full spectrum of human experience. She is especially passionate about elevating the visibility of Māori arts and culture, advocating tirelessly for their recognition and appreciation.

Arpége’s artistic influences include her father, Kelcy Taratoa, who has been a driving force behind her development. Additionally, she finds inspiration in the philosophies of Frederick Nietzsche and admires the work of Dr Linda Tuhiwai-Smith, notably her book, “Decolonizing Methodologies.”

Arpége is a strong advocate for promoting the local art scene in Tauranga, recognising the abundant talent and cultural richness present in the Bay of Plenty region. Drawing inspiration from the environment, she believes that the art sector has a unique opportunity to make art a must-see experience in the community. Arpége feels that more recognition and appreciation for Māori arts and culture are crucial. She strongly advocates for elevating the visibility of Māori arts to enrich our region’s culture.

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