Karakia mo te whakairo:
E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tō ao;
ko to ringaringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā hei oranga mō tō tinana
ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga o ō tīpuna hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga
Thrive in the days destined for you,
your hand to the tools of the Pākehā to provide physical sustenance,
your heart to the treasures of your ancestors to adorn your head
Kia ora! Ko Johnson Witehira tōku ingoa. Ki te taha tōku whaea, no Whanganui ahau. Ko Tamahaki te iwi, ko Ngāti Hinekura te hapu. Ki te taha tōku matua, No Ngāpuhi ahau. Ko Ngāi Tū-te-auru te hapū. I’m an artist, designer and researcher. My areas of expertise are Māori design, contemporary Māori art and indigenous design methods. In my practice, these areas are linked by my interests in technology, identity and post-colonial theory.
In general, most projects I work on relate to the theme of decolonising design. What does this actually mean though? For me its about hitting the reset button on Aotearoa. Its about indigenising the objects, places and even modes of communication in New Zealand so that Maori culture is present in everything.