Te Marama

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Written and directed by Pearl Hotene, Te Marama played at the Meteor theatre in 2004 and also at Garden Place. It was the story of a young woman discovering both herself and her Maori heritage in a modern Hamilton that at that time all but obscured what had gone before.

Told through a series of conversations between herself, her Nana and Spirits of the past, Te Marama calmly reclaimed a Hamilton history that had been hidden from sight for too long. Who had known that the top of what is now known as Wintec hill had been a sacred site, or that the corner of Victoria Street and Claudelands Road had been an urupa?


Stefanie Young
Stefanie Young


I graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT (Auckland, NZ) in 1995, and received an MFA with distinction from Pratt Institute (New York, USA), 2000. During my time in New York, I was involved as teaching assistant to my professor in the critical theory department, and also had the opportunity to intern with a cross-section of New York artists and galleries.

Since returning to New Zealand, I have taught at Unitec School of Art and Design in Auckland, and Elam School of Fine Arts before joining the staff and students at Wintec, Hamilton in 2006.

I exhibit in New Zealand, Australia and New York, and regularly participate in international group shows. My primary practice utilises photography and painting to engage with issues of perception, representation and ways of seeing.