Lee Rapira at Vital Transformations Mauri Ora

Wild New Zealand (2018)

Wild New Zealand message is about having complete access to native New Zealand on tap. An unadulterated measure of pure vitality. But the assumed free-for-all raises questions. Is it as simple as that? Can we take from a resource without question and is there enough for everyone and everything? What are the limits and what happens when the Wild New Zealand tap runs dry.

Status Defence. (2017)

Status Defence is a personal journey centered on anxiety and its many branches including panic attacks, claustrophobia and agoraphobia. It is a viewpoint about life and how a door and a fence can help and hinder. Status Defence blankets certain memories and features others. It’s about fire, spirit and shadows. It speaks and hides but hope shines through via beating sunlight and fence-turned ladders. More can be seen here.

Artist Bio

Lee Rapira

Lee Rapira


Lee-Ann has been enjoying making art since her first win in a wearable art competition in 2008. Since then her art journey has seen her enter other competitions, Seaweek, Westfield Style Pasifika, Fieldays and the Taranaki Art Awards held in Opunake. Being involved with an art gallery in Waitara solidified her love of art which followed with taking a Diploma course in Creative Technologies at WITT. Lee-Ann is also a published author and is of Te Āti Awa, Ngāruahine and Ngāpuhi descent.

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