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Kaiti School

Region: Hawke's Bay/Tairāwhiti

Art form: Visual Arts

Project name: Maia Poroaki

Creative name: Maia Gibbs

Project information: The Maia Poroaki series will be based on our local tipuna Maia Poroariki. Maia te Tipua, Maia te Tahito, Maia te Kahui o ngā Ariki, Ko te Ikaroa rauru tena e hoe nei ki uta, ki Waikanae! Tau atu ra ki Titirangi, ki te pa harakeke o Hamoterangi, kia whakatauakitia i kona, ko Porou koa, ko Hamo te wahine koa. 

Students will work with our creative to create an individual visual representation of the three puhi that adorned Maia's waka—Te Ikaroa a Rauru—canvas. Kaiti School has a strong connection to the puhi with our school being named after one of them - Puhi Kaiti. Students will revisit the story of Maia Poroaki and his journey to Aotearoa, his qualities and the qualities of the tipuna connected to Maia Poroariki. Students will visit the Puhi Kaiti installation at the foot of Maunga Titirangi to make connections with whenua, the tīpuna, and their projects. There will be opportunities for students to visit the Toi Ake Gallery to view different forms of art media. Students will return to kura with this research base to design and create through mixed media their visual arts piece. Once all students have completed their canvas piece, all students will bring elements of their designs to collaborate on a three-piece enlarged visual art piece on ply that will be displayed in our kura. This will depict Puhi Kaiti, Puhi Kaimoana, and Puhi Kaiariki. 

Through this project students will be expressing and celebrating through visual art forms their identity, whakapapa, and connection to tīpuna and whenua. Partnering a professional artist of Māori whakapapa from Te Tairawhiti will expose our Māori students to a positive Māori role model who is involved in mahi that he is passionate about and loves. Learning about our tīpuna stories through the visual arts and displaying this through exhibition and display acknowledges and values the inherent importance of the whakapapa of our students, hapū, and iwi Ngāti Oneone. Tikanga will be followed with the development of the art pieces concluding with karakia and kai at the conclusion.

Project starting: February 2022

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