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Manutuke School

Region: Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti

Art form: Ngā Toi Māori / Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Toi o te Kainga

Creative name: Raiha Moetara, Guy Moetara, Janette Waitai

Project information: Nga Toi o te Kainga Whakaaturanga

We would like our tamariki to have their own experience of artistry by providing them opportunity to delve into Nga Toi. The focus will be on Whakairo, Raranga and Whatu kakahu aligning with our living school wide curriculum document "Nga Parae o Manutuke".

To supplement the whakairo work our students will learn a moteatea created by one of our own Tohunga whakairo. The moteatea reminds our children of their artistic whakapapa from Tane Mahuta down to our modern day masters, teaching our children about the explicit carving styles of Turanga-nui-a-kiwa. The tamariki will be versed in whakairo customs and practice including; karakia, tikanga, korero tuku iho, sketching, design, noho marae, historical site visits and of course the opportunity to create a whakairo piece that reflects the values of Manutuke kura, to be exhibited at the end of year exhibition.

Our students will study the local style of tukutuku for Rongowhakaata and co-create korowai using contemporary materials, to be exhibited at an end of year exhibition. Following Tikanga Maori, students will research and name the korowai to be first exhibited then gifted to a person, kaupapa, or place of their choosing.

The final artform our tamariki will be undertaking is raranga or weaving. Much like the other two art areas tikanga, protocols, kawa and waiata will be explored. All resources will be sourced directly from our whenua such as the use of our river, the paruparu (natural dye) harakeke, marae, and most importantly our kaumatua in which whom hold the kauae raro or the esoteric knowledge.

Project starting: February 2021

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