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Te Horo School (Whangārei)

Region: Tai Tokerau

Art form: Visual Arts

Project name: Te Orewai Te Horo School project

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Project information: The Te Orewai Te Horo School project is a visual art collaboration. Te Horo School will complete two art pieces that contain cultural narratives of the whenua, tīpuna, and history of Te Horo and Pipiwai. The art pieces will be a collaboration between students of the school (100% Māori ethnicity), our creative, and the kaumatua and kuia of Te Horo School’s community, who will be retelling narratives of the rohe. 

The community consultative process will involve hui where narratives are shared with school students and staff. Also included will be student and creative visits to significant land sites named in narratives. These stories will then be portrayed and depicted in the art project. Practical art sessions with our creative will see students learning different painting techniques as parts of the art pieces are formed. Also included in art sessions will be lessons on tukutuku, kōwhaiwhai and flax weaving and how these traditional Māori art forms enrich an art piece. Each piece will require paint-finishing techniques that will be taught to tamariki. The final part will be putting the pieces together to form a completed internal artwork and a completed exterior painted art piece. 

While students and our creative on working on the visual art aspects of this project, classroom teachers and support staff will also be working to record cultural narratives in written form (digitally in PowerPoint presentations, in their writing, in poetry) and in waiata. Near the end of the project time, the school, parents and whānau, the local marae committee, and kaumatua will come together for a celebration. The artwork will be blessed and exhibited. This will be an opportunity for tamariki to share their journey of discovery, not only of the art techniques learnt, but also of the cultural narrative (stories of ancestors and significant places in Te Horo) that the art piece represents, through pepeha and mihi. The occasion will have whaikorero, waiata, and kai.

Project starting: January 2022

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