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Hastings Girls' High School - Nga Toi Māori and Tikanga

Region: Hawke's Bay/Tairāwhiti

Art form: Visual Arts

Project name: Nga Toi Māori and Tikanga

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Project information: Alongside our local creative, students will create a pou, gate, and mural at the entrance to our school. They will be permanent features that welcome students, whānau and the community into the school.

This project aims to engage and inspire the students of Hastings Girls’ High School, our youth and ākonga of Heretaunga. Through this programme, teachers and artists will involve our students, whānau and community by teaching them skills that help promote pride and a sense of belonging in their cultural identities, how to cultivate and celebrate their whakapapa while learning practical skills in the visual arts. The programme aims to embrace cultural and contemporary art practices of Aotearoa, including Māori and Polynesian art. This project aims to celebrate our ākonga, to instil pride in themselves as young people of today and celebrate their cultural identity, inspiring a confidence in themselves and fostering a connection within and amongst themselves, their school, and community. 

Our programme aims for students and Kaiako to learn and develop further their knowledge and practical skills of Ngā Toi Māori, including Polynesian art, and its place in Hawkes Bay. We would like to build and create an experience and art that represents our people and recognises whakapapa, our ākonga, kaiako, whānau, and community today. This will promote a sense of belonging, hauora, presence in the school. Students are given a voice and ownership on how they want to decorate the school, creating a piece that promotes connection with their whānau and community. 

This programme aims for ākonga to have the opportunity to express themselves creatively, allowing for them to have a sense of personal achievement and fulfilment from their creative experience. Opportunities are provided for ākonga to learn about creative arts and pathways, about the artist’s profession, and the processes of creating art and its contribution to the community.

Project starting: February 2022

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