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Local artist, Marie E. Potter celebrated 80 years with the launch of her inaugural book - a retrospective titled Reflections. While her award-winning works are held in collections around throughout NZ and the world, this third-generation New Zealander and her husband still reside in Mairangi Bay, surrounded by the inspiration for so many of her pieces.


Marie E. Potter was born at Eastern Bays Maternity Hospital in Castor Bay in 1943. Her first five years were spent living adjacent to Mairangi Bay beach, on Auckland’s North Shore. Her main schooling and nursing training took place in Wellington. Marie married in 1964, and the day after the wedding, the newlyweds moved back to the North Shore, her Turangawaewae, the place in her heart. As a wife and mother and following her mother’s maxin “You can do it!”, her own determination, Marie gradually carved out an exceptional career in the arts. This extraordinary journey, spanning over nearly 40 years has seen her involved in all aspects of the arts, including community, local, regional, national and international at all levels. Her artwork is held in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, The Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, The National Maritime Museum, Wellington University, the Wallace Arts Trust Collection and others. During N.Z. Covid-19 lockdowns, Marie was inspired to share her journey by writing and self publishing her inaugural book titled Reflections, in celebration of her 80th birthday in 2023. Her hope is that others will follow their passion, at all stages of life, as she did.


  • Nelson Wearable Arts - Runner Up 1993

  • NZ National Creative Basketry Awards - Winner  1989

  • International Leather Awards, Dallas, USA - Winner 1999

  • Master Fine Arts, Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design (WCAD)

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