Kia ora everybody,
Hope you are all safe and well enjoying this fabulous weather we have been blessed with in the Tairawhiti.
A lot has been happening in this far eastern place that I have gotten so far behind in writing about all the events.. so for now I will stick to the main ones and catch you up with the rest later.
The last week of kura saw a massive amount of exhibitions opening- 3 to be exact- the Year1 students at Toihoukura opened their ‘Te Rea’ exhibition there Wednesday…
the following night Te Rangi Roimata Kutia-Tataurangi a graduate of Toihoukura held the opening of her exhibition in her studio space/shop above the PBC in Gisborne and on the Friday was the last of the Senior exhibitions ‘Toi Ora’ featuring works from Ani Leach, Erin Rauna and Tiaki Wyllie. I will update you more on these events later.
The following Saturday a small group from Toihoukura accompanied our mentor Tina Wirihana and ‘Mama’ Denise Te Hau as well as our visiting guest from France, Lisa Renard who joined us as well as working with many other people and kaupapa on her stay in Aotearoa.
It was great to meet someone from the other side of the world so positive, open minded and full of energy learning about our heritage, country and resources in the flesh. She was an awesome taonga to have with us for our few days ‘out bush’..lol
almost.. we did have a bit of a mission getting down into the bush and once we were in we were climbing a hill covered in kiekie.. pulling our finds in bags once they were full, sweating up a storm lol and finding the best way to get down the hill was using the hill as a slide.. and as Mama discovered the Tarzan vine, totally did the job.
We travelled up the coast to Te Araroa, stopping in at Tolaga Bay to check out one of the Auntys shops and the small market day happening leaving us with some goodies like fried bread and homemade afghans..nom nom.. lol.. then off we went to meet with our hosts and tour guide, Jack Brooking as well as his wife who catered and spoilt us over our time staying at Awatere Marae.
After a brief and cup a tea we were off with our guide to check out some of the local resources.. 1st plant Kiekie…
Lisa Renard featured above and below Jack Brooking with Tina Wirihana
Once we had gathered and filled our vehicle we were off to our next stop where we got to see ‘hauhi’ or ‘haui’- lace bark be stipped from the tree – what it looks like, the procedure, the effort required to harvest these resources and a deeper appreciation for these taonga.
Lisa and Mama all go… to see who can strip the biggest and the fastest.. lol.. i think it was pretty close but in the end Mama took it out..
At the end of the day we had to go closer to the village and check out the oldest Pohutukawa tree ever seen..before we went back to the marae to prepare our resources.
Keep watching this space for the update.