Taking a tutoring position at Toihoukura has reintroduced Erana Koopu with her much-loved world of art.
When painter Erana graduated from Toihoukura in 2005, she headed to Huntly, to Te Whare Kura o Rakaumanga – one of New Zealand’s first total immersion Mäori schools – to teach.
“I loved my job there but needed more of a challenge,” she says.
So when she got the call from founding tutor Steve Gibbs about the position at Toihoukura, she didn’t need to be asked twice.
Erana’s parents live at Te Kaha but she was brought up in Huntly, so she’s rapt to be home.
As well as teaching, she is also working towards her masters degree.
“It’s awesome to be getting back into the whole art world again.
It’s hard when you are not around artists, so it is inspiring to be around like-minded people.”
And it helps Toihoukura is world recognised for the quality of both its students and teachers.