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Changing the narrative with NUKU

Changing the narrative with NUKU

NUKU is a new multimedia series for and about kick ass indigenous women doing things differently! Featuring 100 wahine (spread over 4 series) NUKU will profile change-makers using podcasts, photography, and video, with four collector’s edition magazine journals available throughout the series. There will also be live talks and, at the end, an exhibition of the entire project. 

Created by Māngere/Ihumātao photographer and storyteller Qiane Matata-Sipu, NUKU is led by wahine, made by wahine, for wahine. 

“The indigenous experience is critical to the future landscape of Aotearoa, it is critical to the global community,” shares Qiane. “Wahine have the most important roles in our society today, we are the drivers of change. Indigenous women need a platform to cut through the privileged format, our young women need a platform that speaks to the importance of role modelling. A platform to change the narrative.”

NUKU will connect indigenous women through the universal language of shared experience, providing a unique storytelling and art platform to amplify the indigenous female voice. 

“I have set myself the task to personally interview and photograph every one of the 100 women. It is a massive undertaking, but I am really excited to see how the work will challenge me and my art practice. Being born and bred in Māngere, a number of profiles will feature incredible women from our Māngere-Otahuhu community, too. And I am looking for more!”

NUKU has a Facebook and Instagram page set up, working towards a full launch of the series, coming soon. You can follow the movement at @NUKUwomen

If you want to nominate an indigenous woman doing things differently, for consideration, please DM the NUKU social media pages or email Qiane at info@qiane.co.nz Website: www.Qiane.co.nz   | Follow Qiane:  Facebook  + Instagram


“I am a finalist in the NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year Awards in the Photo Story category, and the big prize of Photographer of the Year. 
You can also vote for me in the People’s Choice Award Category - so please give me a vote or two! (scroll to search for Ihumatao Protest, Qiane Matata-Sipu, click the heart to vote) 
Scroll sideways to see the 5 images in the story. 
Note, you can vote multiple times if you hit refresh between votes. Voting Closes October 25!”