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Pasadena Intermediate

Region: Auckland

Art form: Ngā Toi Māori

Project name: Whatuora ki Te Waititiko 2022

Creative name: Dr. Hinekura Smith

Project information: The term Whatuora twines together two not commonly associated ideas: whatu and ora. Whatu is the term for traditional Māori finger twining, an ancient practice developed by Māori over centuries and used to create traditional clothing and highly prized feathered cloaks considered valuable heirlooms. Whatu is also the Māori word for ‘eyes’—the lenses through which we view the world. The concept of whatu as sight, vision, and lens provides some interesting metaphorical language to think about how whatu and the whatu kākahu (cloaks) it creates are able to hold stories of seeing and being seen. Ora here means to be well, to survive, to be healthy, fit, and vital, to be safe, cured, recovered, and healed (Williams, 1997). Ora in this context is understood as a journey to wellness and recovery from the impacts of colonisation by reclaiming and restor(y)ing whānau language journeys through the creation of storied kākahu. 

Whatuora ki Te Waititiko is for rumaki Māori students and their whanau to learn through, and connect to, the ancient Māori arts practice of whatu. Following a successful Whatuora wānanga this year, the creative and the school whānau want to maintain the learning momentum and relationship building by running another Whatuora programme in 2022.

Potential scenarios include: 

  • Each participant will learn tikanga and reo through the practice of whatu to create a traditionally woven wearable cloak using contemporary materials. 
  • Each participant will plan and weave a section of a cloak which will then be joined with other participants sections into a full-size cloak. They will collectively research and name the cloak then, as is Māori tikanga, it will be presented to their community and gifted to a person or organisation they decide upon. 
  • The skills they learn by making this collaborative piece will enable them to complete their own full-size cloak.

The normalisation of te reo is a key objective of this project. While the tikanga around whatu is better practiced, its reo is almost completely absent. The aim is to create a reo Māori teaching and learning space where reo, at whatever level, is normalised and actively promoted as an integral and critical element of learning whatu and its embodied reo and tikanga.

Project starting: May 2022

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