Iwi: Ngaati Korokii, Kahukura, Ngaati Tipa, Ngaati Kahungunu, Ngaati Paahauwera, Ngaati Tuuwharetoa, Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, Te Aatihaunui-a-Paapaarangi
As Puukenga Toi, Eugene has lead the curation and co-ordination of cultural artworks for Hamilton Airport.
Eugene is a professional artist, specialising in public sculpture, lost-wax bronze casting and design. He has a particular skill-set that leads him toward cultural navigation, co-design and project management with a cultural focus. He is an advocate for integrating indigenous knowledge in regional blueprints.
Eugene is the co-founder of the first Maaori bronze casting studio at The New Zealand Maaori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia, Rotorua.
He is an experienced art educator with a demonstrated history of working within education management. Further, he is skilled in management, strategy, Maaori tourism, project management, advocacy, art education and arts administration.
Eugene holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA, Hons) from Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland.