Born Wellington, 1966, Aotearoa New Zealand. Lives and works, Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Heritage, Samoan, Rarotongan (Cook Islands) and Ma’ohi Tahitian.
Tuffery exceeds the boundaries of contemporary media, collaborating on installation and performance artworks that traverse cultural boundaries and defy concrete categorisation. His woodcuts, lithographs, drawings, paintings on tapa cloth and canvas, sculpture, performances and emblematic carvings are the artistic offerings of a keen historian and active participator in contemporary culture.
Award Excellence for Creative Leadership, Kia Rapa Tu Taku ‘Oe Cook Island Government, 2015
Award Creative New Zealand Contemporary Artist, 2010 Award Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, 2008