Delilah Pārore Southon

Kaiwhakahaere Tūhononga | Partnerships Manager
Delilah Pārore Southon (Te Roroa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kurauia, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Pukenga) is a Te-Whanganui-a-tara based writer, editor, creative producer, publicist, and visual artist. Delilah is an experienced media and creative professional; with a growing tenure of experience working across the media, publishing, advertising and creative industries. She has worked and led the strategy, creative, art direction, partnerships and execution of countless large scale public relations and creative campaigns for some of the most loved brands and organisations in Aotearoa, and globally. A natural networker, collaborator and aunty type, Delilah stands strong in both Te Aō Māori and Te Aō Pakeha — she uses her skill set for meaningful and impactful creative solutions, and deep storytelling experience. Her desire and vision is to combine her innovative, idealistic thinking and bring it into practical reality — to reach the very heights of the ever-changing world for the people. Delilah is tūpuna led and creating pathways to assist in the development of the Wāhine Toa narrative, and connect tamariki with their whakapapa through storytelling — her personal mission is to bring Māori voices to the forefront, and keep stories and tikanga from Tūpuna, Kaumatua, and Kuia alive and on record for future generations. Delilah is passionate and committed to building strong partnerships in the arts, to strengthen the creative community through big thinking and the nurturing of ideas. Her writing craft is deeply rooted in the mysticism, intergenerational relationships, and wairua within Te Aō Māori. She explores the ethereal states of visual language as it seeps into dream sequences, sculpted by her passion for people, and mind mythologies. Nurtured by traditional Māori narrative, contemporary culture, alchemic curiosity, and the ways of bygone era’s; Delilah is currently weaving her old-soul daydreams on the intimacies of modern life into a book of essays and short stories due to be published early 2023.
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