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He whatu tangata, he whatu kura, he whatu toi: A lashing of people, a lashing of knowledge, a stone of art
Toi Te Wai-Ngārahu identifies Māori Arts at NorthTec.
Te Wai-Ngārahu refers to the charcoal pigment prepared for ta moko.
In this first year of the Maunga Kura Toi/Bachelor of Māori Art degree programme, the creative spark within ākonga (students) has been gently exposed to begin to develop their creative skills, processes and conceptual thinking.
Working individually and as a collective they weave and bind shared values and beliefs, with this year laying the foundation for a negotiated collective journey over the next two years.
Karakia, waiata and kōrero purakau have been an intrinsic part of the journey so far, to make the classroom teaching learning, research and technology relevant to a Māori world view.
The three strands - Raranga (Weaving), Rauangi (Contemporary Māori Visual Arts) and Whakairo (Carving) - come together to acknowledge the journey thus far. Ākonga and Pouako (staff) welcome whānau, friends and supporters to join them for an open day, gathering at 10am on Tuesday 24 November. New artworks will be blessed and the best student works will be displayed.
The artworks will be displayed until Thursday, 26 November at H303 on the Raumanga campus.