Mau Studio Ink is a modern creative space specialising in Tā Moko and Tattoo. Located in the Central North Island, 30mins south of Taupō in Turangi's Town Centre, the studio welcomes clients and manuhiri from all over New Zealand. The studio has two full-time artists and also showcases the work of other artists in the local community.

Artist Profile - Lance Ngata

Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Whātua

From the small towns of Uawa and Turangi, Aotearoa , Lance is a Māori Artist and Designer specialising in Tā moko (Māori tattoo).


Lance has a background in whakairo (Māori carving), videography, design, brand strategy and development. He was immersed in Māori visual arts during his time at Te Aute College, before going onto complete a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in Visual Arts at Wintec.

After working for creative agencies abroad, Lance shifted his focus into education completing a Postgrad Diploma in Teaching (Art) at Waikato University and trained in whakairo while working for 5years at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) in Rotorua. Lance was fortunate to travel with NZMACI/Te Puia leading cultural projects and engaging many indigenous communities around the world. 


Lance's interest in Tā moko sparked at a mokopapa wānanga held at Otukou Marae when he was 12 years old where he witnessed his Aunty receive her moko kauwae. After 20years of gathering relevant skills and knowledge, Lance returned to Turangi and emerged independently as a Tā Moko practitioner in 2017. He established Mau Studio Ink as a shared learning space to promote Māori knowledge systems through Māori art. Lance finds enormous satisfaction and pride in the work he now does for each person he connects with. Lance's journey can be followed via facebook @Mau Studio Ink, OR on instagram @lance_ngata.