Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Chanz Mikaere

Chanz Mikaere created a graphic novel which depicts kapa haka performers as superheroes. It depicts eight Te Arawa women who are performers and who whakapapa to their chosen superhero ancestor.

Chanz is a unique talent – she is sacred, interconnected and intricate – the culmination of eons of inter-generational relationships – a rare, genetic hybrid of feisty indigenous stock – Te Arawa, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Hine and Ngati Pahauwera. She is a native Mama – arguably the highest qualification available internationally; attained through a lifelong apprenticeship to which her majors have been in determination, resilience and courage. She is ‘formally qualified’ as a Master of Maori Visual Arts; a degree conferred by Massey University, NZ.

Her portfolio documents her stellar career development and drive.  Her visual and poetic creations are top quality; well conceptualised, well executed – world class. Her work is sought after by educationalists, exhibition houses, conference co-ordinators, therapists, storytellers and revolutionists – her appeal is wide and varied – because it is engaging – it sparks conversation, debate, discussion – it is creative fuel for thinking and feeling people.

Chanz is a rare talent – gifted and courageous in equal measure.

Check back tomorrow for another amazing artist!

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