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Sara (Hera) Tautuku Orme (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tārawhai, Ngāti Whākaue) has been exploring and documenting women's stories in her photographic work for over two decades.


Sara connects with two important aspects of her life: growing up with a feminist single mother marching for women's rights in the 1970s and experiencing first-hand questions of colonisation through her Maori activist father.


For over 30 years, Sara has been documenting and recording the life histories of the people she cares about.


As Sara entered her 50th decade and explored the changes in her own self, she became interested in the wider experience. It has become important for her to share stories, lift taboos, and help others release feelings of inhibition that ultimately prevent self-love.


Her work has been exhibited and awarded in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, and New York.

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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