New Zealand photographer Tania Niwa is a Grand Master of Photography of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. Her Maori heritage has been the source of an ongoing series of tribal images for the last two decades, and began to incorporate in the early nineties Maori carvings and symbolism based on her own tribe's Marae within her subject's imagery. Her tribes are Te Atiawa and Taranaki from the west coast of the nort h island of New Zealand.