About Tania Tupu
By: Tania Tupu (nee Brunton) Ngati Porou
My mother is Miriama Brunton (Ngata) from TikiTiki and my father is Michael Brunton from the Waiarapa. I grew up in Porirua and left New Zealand at an early age to play basketball overseas. I represented the NZ Women’s team from 1992-2004 and played at the Sydney and Athens Olympic games. After retiring from basketball I pursued a career in jewellery manufacture and design. During this time I was privileged to come across a korowai weaving course run at Te Puna o te Ora by Rauawaawa Charitable Trust in Waikato where I learnt korowai techniques. I opened my first retail store in Raglan in 2004 and this is where I started to sell my jewellery designs. In 2007 I opened a second store “Coastal Merchant" located in Nelson At the beginning of 2014 we sold our Nelson Store and moved back home to Wellington.