The People Weaver is a business that provides services to artists, community groups and organisations, that want to ensure their relationships with their people are facilitated safely with mana. As our ideas and busy lifestyles progress, we lose valuable time, where we can easily run out of time to make our relationships more meaningful. The People Weaver focuses on ‘weaving your people’ together for you so that you can simplify the way you engage, keeping it out of the 'too hard' basket we all have tucked away somewhere...
“Here in Aotearoa - the land of the long white cloud - New Zealand, we pride ourselves on our rich Māori cultural heritage, tikanga (customs) and reo (language). Lucky for us as a nation we have evolved into a multicultural fusion of many cultures and have come a very long way economically, socially, culturally and politically since the signings of three of our most significant founding documents: Te Whakapūtanga - Declaration of Independence in 1835, Te Tiriti ō Waitangi - Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and The 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition.
Over time, these significant milestones have set a staunch precedence for Aotearoa as global world leaders in Indigenous and Women's’ rights. Despite our dark, raw and conflicted past times where Māori had suffered many injustices with the confiscations of lands, the uprooting of peoples from their kainga (home) and our near-extinct traditional customs and language - with hardship, sacrifice and perseverance, our rich culture survived on the backs of our tupuna (forefathers)
Since then, society in Aotearoa has learned to appreciate Maori Culture as well as culture from across Te Moana nui a Kiwa (Oceania) its customs and language as a vehicle of effective business and meaningful progression. Our indigenous knowledge systems, tikanga, practices and language have finally been accepted and embraced by many businesses and now slowly recognised the need of people power. The beauty of this progression is the opportunity to become competent in culture by means of co-creation and collaboration in the way we operate and manage business for ourselves. This can only be achieved through partnership, participation and genuine relationship management.
In reference to the constructs of Tāmaki makaurau in the 1300’, specifically acknowledging its lavish cultural heritage and extensive layers of history, I pay homage to progenitor of Te Wai ō Hua, Hua kai waka, paramount chief of Te Waiōhua people. To me, he is the definition of what it means to be a People Weaver. Known by many through stories passed down from generations to the next as the ‘eater or consumer of canoes’ because of his ability to weave diverse groups migrating people to the shores of Tāmaki together. Achieving his aspirations of making Tāmaki Makaurau what it is most famous for as the place of one thousand lovers, his expertise in recognising the value each group of people or individual could bring to Tāmaki under his reign as chief at the time made him loved by all in terms of innate people skills to identify and connect people for political, economic, cultural, environmental, social and spiritual strengths. As an outcome, he has several hapu (subtribes) that descend directly from his line who to this day hold the Mana of the Whenua of Tāmaki.” - Amiria Puia-Taylor
Māori (Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua me Ngāti Tiipa)
Cook Islands (Ngāti Karika, Ngāti Vakatini/Bishop)
Samoa (Schwalger) and Tahiti (Pomare)
Amiria Puia-Taylor was born in Central Auckland and raised in both South (by way of her turangawaewae in Waiuku) and Central Auckland. The marriage of both regions has her now residing in the South Central Auckland suburb of Onehunga. Amiria is the founder of mural arts initiative Painting for the People, which was born out of the heart of Otara. Formally trained with a BA in Visual Arts and MA in Arts Management, her unique skill-set helped her inform her visual arts practice as a Community Muralist. Her multi-disciplinary works can be found all over Auckland - large-scale murals, performance art pieces, audience activations and in exhibitions. For the last ten years, she has actively been learning and practicing the teachings of her elders, her art communities and has been connecting the links between the old and young. Working with youth is where Amiria’s passion stems from and she seeks to expand the importance of arts education and the development of urban contemporary arts for young people. Some of her works deal with untold stories of the ngā mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau and the importance of Kaitiakitanga - caring for the land and sea as a way to educate and empower youth to take ownership of their kainga - home.