Julie Paama-Pengelly 

Ngā Toi Māori


Julie Paama-Pengelly 

  • Ngā Toi Māori
  • Tā moko

Julie has been at the forefront of developments in Māori Arts since the mid 1980s and was fortunate to have been taught herself by strong visionary Māori artists and mentors. Julie focused her passion on Māori tattooing traditions post-1990, enlightened to the role that Tā moko could play in advancing the health and well-being of Māori.

Vocal in her conviction that within Māori pedagogy body marking serves as a powerful communicator, Julie has equally advocated for the restoration of Māori women within its practice. Active in Tā moko during its fledgling revival, Julie pioneered the role of women as practitioner and the entitlement of women to wear particular types of moko. In 2004, Julie was commissioned – along with New Zealand’s foremost Tā moko artists – to perform her practice publicly at Te Papa National Museum during which time she tattooed full peha or puhoro (covering lower back, hips and thighs to knee) on two women.

While consistently challenged on the involvement of women in customary Māori art practices, Julie has responded by directing leadership in research and social commentary on Māori arts. In 2010, she penned the award-winning book Māori Art & Design, the first comprehensive handbook on the subject. Julie holds Masters qualifications in Third World Development and Māori Visual Arts (honours) as well as Toi Iho certification – a unique registered Aotearoa New Zealand trademark of Māori quality and authenticity – for Tā moko, design and multimedia. While operating a successful studio in Mount Maunganui, Julie is particularly enthusiastic to make connections with other indigenous peoples reviving their tattoo practices.



Master of Maori Visual Arts (Honours), Massey University 2002
Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts (Honours), Massey University 1999
Master of Philosophy (Third World Development), Massey University 1995
Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology, Massey University 1990
Diploma of Secondary Teaching (Div C, PNTC/MU 1991)
Certificates of ESOL & Adult Teaching, UCOL 1989


Educational Service and Education Practice

Organiser: ‘Ngā Uri o Muturangi Indigenous Tatau Space’; Tauranga, April 2019
Organiser: ‘New Zealand Tā Moko Delegation to Tatau I Moorea’ September 2018
Guest Lecturer and Motivational Speaker: Te Wananga o Aotearoa; 2003-2019
Ministry of Education Approval Panel for Bachelor of Creative Industries, Toiohomai, 2014
Industry Advisor: NZQA panel for Bachelor of Creative Enterprise, Unitec, 2014
Resource Content Developer, Te Maunga Kura Toi, TWoA, June to Sept 2014
Industry Advisor, NZQA panel for Bachelor of Creative Industries, BOP Poly, December 2013
Committee Member: Eastern Region Surf Officials, Tauranga, 2012-2015
External Moderator of Te Kura Toi Arts, Te Wananga o Aotearoa since 2012
Writer: ‘Maori Art and Design’, New Holland Press, Auckland, 2010
External Monitor: Te Maunga Kura Toi, TWoA, January 2008
Senior Lecturer: Indigenous Studies Graduate School, Visual Arts; TWWOA, 2007-2008
Head of Faculty: Arts and Visual Culture, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi, 2004-2007
Secretary: Toi Tu Trust (Arts Development Trust) Wellington, 2007-2009
Student Research Supervisor: Masters of Indigenous Studies, TWWOA 2006-2008
Masters Programme Development Committee: Masters of Indigenous Studies TWWOA 2007-08
Programme Development: Degree of Arts and Visual Culture TWOOA, 2004-2007
Manager: Toi Tu o Taranaki Arts Trust, New Plymouth, 2004-2006
Artist Consultation Panel: Creative NZ Arts Board, Strategic Planning, May 2004
Member: Te Uhi Committee for Maori Tattoo, Toi Maori Aotearoa 2003-2005
Consultation Committee: Return of Koiwi (Human Remains), Te Papa Tongarewa, 2004 Manager &
Trustee: Te Kiikini Trust Arts Technologies, New Plymouth 2001-2008
Member: Taranaki Maori Tourism, Taranaki 2001-2003
Lecturer: Degree of Visual Arts, Western Institute of Technology, Taranaki, 2002-2003 Programme
Coordinator: Bachelor of Design, Massey University campus, Palmerston North 2000-2002
Lecturer Core Programme: Bachelor of Design Massey University, Wellington 1996-1999


Exhibitions & Commissions

Curator and Manager: Art Body Creative Studio, solo and group shows since 2012
Designer: ‘Magics Netball Uniform Brand’ Bay of Plenty, 2012
Group exhibition: ‘Moko Village’ Te Papa Tongarewa, 18-20 June 2010
Artist in Residence: Northwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas, February 2008
Group exhibition: ‘Ticked Off’ Iwi Art, Wellington, December 2009
Designer: ‘New Zealand Olympic Fern’ Winter Olympics, Vancouver, 2009
Invited Exhibitor: ‘Maori Market’ Te Rauparaha Centre Porirua, 10-12 October 2009
‘The Anatomy of… International Printmakers’ Purdue University, Aug 24 – Sept 2, 2009.
NZ Delegate: ‘10th South Pacific Arts Festival’, Pago Pago American Samoa, July-Aug, 2008
Artist in Residence: Northwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas, February 2008
Invited exhibitor: ‘Molly Morpeth 2D Awards’ Memorial Hall Whakatane, January 2007
Invited exhibitor: ‘Tattoonesia Pacific Festival’, Tahiti, November, 2006
Group Exhibition: ‘Tau-Marumaru’ Harris Fine Arts Center BYU, Utah USA 2005
Solo Exhibition: ‘Broke’ AM Gallery, New Plymouth 2005
NZ Delegate: ‘9th South Pacific Arts Festival’ Belau, July 2004
Invited exhibitor: ‘Ta Moko – A History on Skin’ NZ Int. Arts Festival, Te Papa Wgton. 2004
Solo Exhibition: ‘Mookoo’ Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North 2002
Recipient: ‘Toi Iho – Maori Made Mark’ Ta Moko, Graphics, Painting, Digital, Te Waka Toi
NZ Delegate: ‘7th South Pacific Arts Festival’ Western Samoa, August 1996


Critical Practice

Contributor and Biography Tā moko: ‘NZ Craft Design’ Te Papa Press, due for release 2019
Published Biography: ‘The Polynesian Tattoo Today’ Hawaii, 2010
Author: ‘Maori Art and Design’ New Holland Press, Auckland, May 2010
Curator: ‘Roundabout: 108 Artists, Wellington, Israel, 2007-2010
Curator: ‘Navigating the Now’ Whakatane Museum & Gallery, 26 June-Aug 8 2010
Paper presentation: ‘New Art Paradigms’ WIPCE, Melbourne, Australia, Nov 2008
Paper presentation: ‘Artist as Provocateur’ Toi Awhio Conference, Palmerston North, 2008
Published Biography: ‘Taiawhio II’, Te Papa Press, Wellington, July 2007
Keynote Speaker: ‘David M Kennedy Centre’ BYU, Utah USA Sep 2005
Curator: ‘Tau-Marumaru’ Harris Fine Arts Center BYU, Utah USA 2005
Keynote speaker: ‘Toi Iho Quality Brand’ Lianza Library Conference, Auckland Sept 2004
Writer: ‘A History on Skin – The Art of Ta Moko’ Toi Maori Aotearoa, March, 2002
Monthly Arts columnist: ‘Tu Mai Magazine’, Hamilton, 1999-2002
Curator: ‘Ta Moko is NOT Tattoo’ interactive CD Rom Artpix 3 Houston, USA, 2001
Curator: ‘Nga Korero Aoteatea – Fifty Maori Artists, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington 1999






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