Ngāti Kahungunu / Ngāi Tahu / Ngāti Porou / Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Neke Moa is both a traditional and a contemporary New Zealand jeweller who works primarily with pounamu, shell and other locally sourced materials.
Moa’s practice as a jeweller and carver explores the whakapapa of materials, making and the role of body adornment in creating a sense of belonging to people and place.
She employs traditional techniques, such as hōanga (hand-held grinding stones), as well as uses electric machinery and diamond tools, and conceives of her practice as a spiritual continuation of a whakapapa that extends back to Te Ao Kōhatu (The Age of Stone).
Moa has a Diploma of Design and Art from Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Whitireia New Zealand. She has exhibited widely across Aotearoa and overseas including exhibitions in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Thailand, Australia and Guam.