Shona Tawhiao

Artist and Designer Shona Tawhiao (Ngai Te Rangi, Whakatōhea, Te Whanau Āpanui) has exhibited her distinct style of Mahi Raranga for over 25 years. Now based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Shona trained in Traditional Māori Fibre Weaving at Unitech in Auckland by Kahutoi Te Kanawa.

Shona has worked on various Film and Television productions in the art and costume departments. She's an award-winning designer and weaver and has showcased her woven garments on runways and galleries in New Zealand, London, Melbourne, Paris, Hawaii and Malaysia. Her woven pieces adorn hotels resorts corporate buildings homes and offices all over the World.

In 2016 Shona was invited by Dr Maia Nuku HOD in the Oceanic Department to do a three-week artist residency at The Metropolitan Museum of New York. Here she held workshops and exhibitions and was able to research Māori and Pacific weaving adornment and art held in back room collections.  

A notable achievement has been working as one of the two head weavers on Te Noho Kotahitanga Wharenui located at the Unitech Campus in Mt Albert, under the guidance of master carver Lyonel Grant.

Shona designed and created costumes for the Māori production of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida which opened at The Globe Theatre in London in 2012.  This work lead to Shona receiving the Brancott Estate Best Costume Designer of the Year at the Chapman Trip Theatre Awards in Wellington, New Zealand. This also allowed Shona to design the Fairy Costumes for a Mid Summers Night Dream at the Pop Up Globe in Auckland that is now showing the second season in Sydney Australia.

Her talent is exquisite and undeniable.

Shona is always focused on global opportunities to engage local and international audiences. This will inevitably lead to an increase in the awareness of contemporary Māori art weaving and the artist herself.


Shona Tawhiao

Weaver Artist Designer



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