Te Rōhutu Whio
Region: Canterbury/Chatham Islands
Art form: Ngā Toi Māori
Project name: Te Rōhutu Whio's Cultural Narrative
Project information: Whanaungatanga, kotahitanga, kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga, rangatiratanga, aroha will all be interwoven throughout the mahi toi from conception to completion in a totally authentic and unique way. The uara of the kura will be embedded into every phase, which will solidify ākonga understanding of the values within the kura and beyond. This is symbolically huge for our kura as 2022 will be the first operational year with ākonga in a rohe that is slowly evolving to embrace kā mea Māori. The kotahitanga of the mahi toi project is more than exploring creativity, it is a way of bringing together a whole community and to acknowledge the ara hou of change and positivity.
We will be exploring symbolism and our oral histories expressed through a variety of art forms that enhance the mana of our whenua and tīpuna. The learning will be around local natural resources and sustainable practice for creating and elevating the arts through kaitiakitanga. The new terminology and understanding of kupu hou and creative procedures and traditions will explore a whole range of additional skills, including hand-eye coordination, karakia, fine motor skills, tikanga around collection and harvesting, and seasonal practices of utilising natural resources and practising kaitiakitanga. This will strengthen the knowledge base within the kura for the significance of pūrākau, hapū whenua and whitiwhiti kōrero. The additional bi product is the rongoā within creativity in a holistic approach to learning and growing. This beautifully builds on the partnership between whānau, hapū, and kura and the long-term benefits for all involved.
The opportunity to strengthen whanaungatanga and provide space for whānau to wānaka together with their tamariki is a partnership that extends and welcomes the whānau who will tautoko this kura into the future. This is an example of welcoming the ahikaa of whānau, kura, and hapū.
Project starting: February 2022