I hope you have all been enjoying the couple of warm days we have had of late.
It’s been great not having to light the fire, lol. Just wear more clothes. 🙂
This weeks blog is about re-visiting last weeks objective which was to attend: Te Reo Wananga with Toihoukura – Maori School of Arts and Design. We left on the Monday, departing for Rangitukia on the bus. We stopped at Taharora Marae just past Waipiro Bay township for a powhiri by the local Tangata Whenua.
We got to observe inside the beautiful wharenui along with the amazing tukutuku and painting within the wharekai. One of our Tutors :Tina Wirihana – was a part of the project in 1989.. of installing the tukutuku and whariki within the house.
We continued on our journey to Hinepare Marae, where we stayed and spent the first three days with solid two hour blocks of 3-4 sessions of different classes and tutors who introduced us to a mixture of Kiiwaha, Grammar of the Reo, Moteatea/Waiata and Reo Toi we can use within our Art Practice.
On the Thursday we were on the bus tiki touring around Tikitiki and other coastal Maraes in the area.
My favourite place we visited was Rahui Marae.. (Above )where the inside of the Wharekai had these amazing (turapa panels with Whakairo and Kowhaiwhai paintings around them).
This was an awesome wananga and I really enjoyed all the classes and different ways of tutoring. Thank you to all the tutors and Staff of Toihoukura for making this happen for us students.
Kia ora, Lee. 🙂