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Mereana Slade - NZ Maori artist
 
 
BACKGROUND & INSPIRATION
 
Our family meeting house at Whakarewarewa
Hot pool at Whakarewarewa
Swan on Lake Rotorua
Edge of Lake Tarawera
View of Mt Tarawera near Rotorua
Lake Okareka, Rotorua
Our family
meeting house
at Whaka
Steam from one of
the hot pools
at Whaka
Swan on
Lake Rotorua
Lake Tarawera
View of Mt Tarawera which erupted in 1886
and buried a whole
Maori village
Lake Okareka,
near Rotorua
Flax bushes near Lake Rotoiti
Boiling pool, Rotorua
Beside Lake Rotoiti
Pohutu Geyser, Rotorua
Kereru (pigeon)
View of Lake Tarawera
Flax bushes near
Lake Rotoiti
Boiling pool at Whaka
- often used for
cooking
Lake Okataina,
near Rotorua
Pohutu Geyser,
behind my nana's
house at Whaka
Kereru (pigeon)
View of Mt Tarawera
in the distance

Monica Nicholls - Mereana's mother

My mum,
Monica Nicholls
(nee Moke)


My mother was born in 1931 in Waitahanui near Taupo, with connections to the Tuwharetoa and Tuhourangi Mâori tribes. At the age of ten, her family moved to live in the Mâori village of Whakarewarewa (Whaka) in Rotorua. Although a fluent speaker of the Mâori language, she grew up in the era when it was forbidden to speak it in schools.She later became a nurse but was also a very active and well known community member - especially dedicated to helping Mâori families in areas of health, family welfare, education and Christianity. My mother was very creative in everything she did and I learnt a lot from her. Mum passed away in 2002 and it was after her death that I took up painting.

John Nicholls - Mereana's father

My dad,
John L Nicholls


My father was born in 1920 in Te Aroha, a town near the Kaimai Ranges in the North Island. He went to Mt Albert Grammar, a boys' high school in Auckland. After serving as a pilot in the 2nd World War he finished his university studies then joined the NZ Forest Service as an ecologist scientist. While working in Rotorua for the Forest Research Institute he met my mother and since she was Mâori, he decided to learn the Mâori language. He became very proficient in it, and later became a teacher of it at night classes. He and Mum had 8 children. Dad was involved in conservation and mapping of forests all over NZ and was known to many as 'The Father of Forestry'. He passed away in August 2010.

 

     
Click here to download my dad's Mâori Language grammar notes.