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Sara Tautuku Orme, based in Aotearoa New Zealand, is a social documentary portrait photographer of Māori  (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tarawhai, Ngāti Whakaue) and Pākehā (English) heritage. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and later graduated from photography in the 1990’s. With a career spanning over two decades, she is now solely focused on photography as an art practice.


The diversity of her personal life experience references both feminism and biculturalism and forms the basis of her photographic practice. Whanaungtanga, the Māori concept of connection, and relationships within the communities she works with are at the heart of her practice. Her recent works engage with narratives of social cultural identity and colonialism within indigenous histories.


Sara has been the recent recipient and winner of the Contemporary New Zealand Art Awards, 2022, finalist in Lens Culture global awards, 2020. Recent group exhibitions include Te Teko, Caelum Gallery, New York 2021, The Portrait, Blindside Melbourne 2022, Look to the future with Progressive ideas, Thistle Hall, Wellington, Aotearoa (NZ), 2021.

Ko Putauaki mā Tarawera toku maunga

Ko Rangitaiki mā Tārawera toku awa

Ko Rotoiti mā  Rotorua toku roto

Ko Mātaatua mā Te Arawa toku waka

Ko Ngāti Awa mā Te Arawa 

Ko Ngāi Tamaoki , Ngāti Tarāwhai, Ngāti Whākaue toku hapu

Ko Ruaihona mā Waikohatu mā Uenukukōpako toku marae

Ko Kahupake

Ko Tautuku mā Hone toku whanau

No TeTeko mā Rotorua ahau 

Kei Tāmaki Makaurau toku kainga inainai

Ko Arapeta (Aobie) Orme toku papa 

Ko Hera/Sara toku ingoa  



Select exhibitions

2022, National Contemporary Art Award finalist and award recipient

2022, Rangi-TeTeko, Caelum Gallery. New York

2022, The Portrait, Blindside, PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography, Melbourne

2022, Kaha, Ellen Melville centre, Womens Work, Auckland, New Zealand

2021, Underexposed, Ellen Melville centre, Womens Work, Auckland, New Zealand

2021, ​​Look to the future with progressive ideals Thistle Hall, Women In Photography NZ_AU, Wellington, New Zealand

2021, Te Teko Womens Work Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland. 

2020, She Once Said, Womens Work Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland

2016, Redemption,The Keep,  Auckland

2011, Koha Te Papa, In collaboration with Ngai Tahu, Wellington 

2004, Aotea Barbi, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls   Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA),  Christchurch, NZ. 


Select awards, select features, press, publications, interviews  

2022, National Contemporary Art Award finalist and award recipient

2021, What happened to the Maunga, Essay by Matariki Williams

2021, Guest speaker, Womens Work, 

2020, Critics Choice Award Winner, Charlotte Cotton Lensculture, New York

2020,  A different Lens  Panel talk. Imbalance of gender in the photographic industry. Womens Work Aotearoa

2020, D-photo A pioneer in photography 

2020, Growing Up Blonde and Maori

2019 Fissure & women in photography, Auckland Festival of Photography panel talk.

2019, Behind the lens of a female photojournalist. Auckland Festival of Photography artist talk.



AIPA Vice President 


Women In Photography Aotearoa-Australia

Womens Work Aotearoa    

Nga Tamaoki me Ngati Tarawhai Ki Ruaihona  



University of Canterbury, Bachelor of Art History, Sociology-Feminist Studies , Ethnicity, Christchurch, New Zealand  

Unitec,-Auckland .Diploma in photography. School of Photography, Auckland, new Zealand   

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