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Tātai Whetu


  • The Māoriland Hub 68 Main Street Otaki (map)

Tātai whetū ki te rangi, mau tonu mau tonu; tātai tāngata ki te whenua ngaro noa, ngaro noa.’

This year the Māoriland Hub presents Tātai Whetū an exhibition of Toi Māori and Toi Taketake as part of our Matariki Programme for 2019.

Homed in our Toi Matarau Māori Art Gallery, a correlation of new and historical works from established and emerging Māori artists of Ōtaki, Kāpiti Coast, Wellington, Horowhenua, and Manawatu regions. Many who are descendants of Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Tukorehe, whānau, hapū, iwi.

This annual exhibition seeks to engage positive responses from the community, a creative space for dialogue and opportunities to prosper. Tātai Whetū the exhibition encourages artists to reflect, unleash and synchronise creation time. Navigating with the stars is an exciting time for artists to align and flourish, embellished by the first of the Tātai Whetū Series, ‘He kāpehu whetū kei ōku ringa’.

Tātai Whetu Series 1:
He kāpehu whetū kei ōku ringa – Storytelling through whakapapa and body adornment by Keri-Mei Zagrobelna (Te Whānau ā Apanui, Te Āti Awa).
Date: Thursday 27th June from 7-8pm

Tātai Whetu Series 2:
Kete Aronui – Māori Art Philosophy
An intimate evening with Debra Bustin speaking about her 40-year journey as a practicing artist and guiding philosophies (Ngāti Kahungunu, Irish, Scottish, Basque).
Date: Wednesday, July 3rd from 6-8pm

Tātai Whetu Series 3:
Ngā Pūariki o Mataariki – Gems of Mataariki by Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa).
A frank perspective on sustainability of natural resources available in the Pacific and how climate change and colonisation has impacted on artists, tangata whenua and iwi taketake who rely on those resources to support their families and communities. An informative evening for consumers, of the exploitation and cultural appropriation committed by multi-nationals.
Date Thursday, July 4th from 6-7pm

Toi Taketake – Te Mana o Te Wai by Sequoia Hauck (Anishinaabe, Hupa).
A multi-disciplinary insulation performance from a young indigenous wahine who draws inspiration from indigenous epistemologies as well as her relationship to water in Mni Sota her homeland in the U.S. and Aotearoa. She is focused on creating theatre and performance art that decolonises the process of art-making and sees art as a way to heal past and future generations.
Date: Thursday, July 4 from 7-8pm

Exhibiting Artists: Sonia Snowden, Huhana Smith, Kohai Grace, Elaine Bevan, Ezra Bevan, Pip Devonshire, Hinepuororangi Tahuparae, Neke Moa, Miriama Grace-Smith, Sian Montgomery-Neutze, Vianney Parata, Pania Barrett, Johnny Hauraki, Karangawai Marsh, Hemi Macgregor, Aria Parker, Jacob Wilkins-Hodges, Tracey Patete, Leah Warbrick, Lorna Tawhiti, Ron Te Kawa, Keri-Mei Zagrobelna, Debra Bustin, Keil Cas, Jamie Berry, Pikihuia Haenga, Maakarita Paku, Sequoia Hauck, Te Kura Māori o Porirua, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito.

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Earlier Event: 27 June
Painting a tree through the seasons
Later Event: 27 June
Tātai Whetu Series 1