Marty Vreede

In December 2015 Marty was made redundant after 28 years as a Senior Printmaking Tutor in Whanganui UCOL.  In February 2016, he and his wife Marilyn launched Pakohe Papers Ltd, a small business specialising in designing and manufacturing Māori Educational Resources for Early Childhood Establishments throughout the country. Last week they celebrated becoming finalists in two categories at the inaugural Te Manu Atatū Māori Business Awards 2017.  

Born in Hamilton Marty is of Dutch descent and has a national and international artists’ profile contributing to New Zealand Printmaking for over 40 years.  He was the co-founder and inaugural President of the Central Print Council of New Zealand and was made a life member of the Print Council on his retirement as president.

Over the years Marty has won a bevy of awards and accolades including the Prime Ministers Supreme, Ako Aotearoa Award for the best Tertiary Teacher in New Zealand.  As a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship he travelled to Pendleton, USA for a residency at Crowes Shadow Institute and a Nuffield Foundation Scholarship enabled him travel throughout England and Scotland to research Printmaking and Papermaking.  The synthesis of this particular research resulted in the development of the Harakeke Papermaking module in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Ucol.