Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Ahuriri, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is an adornment and object artist, predominantly working with Pounamu (NZ jade). In 2000 she gained a Diploma of Design and Art at Te Waananga-o-Raukawa and then furthered her studies at Whitireia NZ, completing a Bachelor of Applied Arts in 2007. Moa has exhibited widely throughout Aotearoa and internationally, as part of The Handshake Project 2010-2020 in Munich, Prague, Australia, Thailand and Holland. The Wunderrūma exhibition 2014-2016 and Festival of the Pacific Arts in Guam 2016. She was selected to show at Schmuck in Munich in 2015. In 2018 at the Crypt gallery in London in a collaborative exhibition between the Handshake Project (NZ) and the Dialogue Collective (UK) Te Ao Hurihuri - the everchanging world a conversation of makers and contemporary jewellery referencing 250 years since Cook’s voyage to Oceania. Her work from London was shown in a solo exhibition at the Dowse Gallery alongside new work in August 2019, No Te Moananui-a-Kiwa – stories from the Pacific. Over the last 4 years Moa has taught shell craft in Fiji and Tonga and continues to teach and learn as part of her art practice.
In 2010 Neke Moa’s work was exhibited in Toi Tū Toi Ora at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and she had a solo exhibition Rākau whakarawe at The Suter Gallery in Nelson.
Neke Moa’s work is in major public and private collections throughout Aotearoa and overseas including Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington, Toi o Tāmaki/Auckland Art Gallery and Tāmaki Paenga Hira/Auckland War Memorial Museum.