We are off to the South Island next month. If you know Gareth then you might know that he grew up in Kaka Point, a tiny coastal town in the Catlins near Balclutha. The school he went to is now a Wedding Venue and the place has a population of about 231 people.

For this trip we are heading to Hakatere (Ashburton), Ōtepoti (Dunedin) and Waihopai (Invercargill) over Easter weekend and Southland Anniversary.

If you’ve been following us for a while you know that we provide the Māori kakahu for whanau to create portraits that reflect that heritage. We love it when costumes are brought in to represent the heritage from other peoples and get excited over some of the amazing taonga whanau have brought in. If you bring something along we will always incorporate it into the portraits. Having your own kakahu and taonga in the portraits makes it more unique to you.

We put together a quick video to get the dates out to whanau. We’ve been experimenting with different ratios to see which ones do well. Here is a square one we put together for instagram. Find us there if you want to follow – www.instagram.com/poihakenaportraits.