Ngati Toa’s pride and joy

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Ngati Toa School stu­dents’ art­work will be on dis­play for thou­sands of people to see at the na­tional mu­seum.

Pupils from room 9 gath­ered at Te Papa on June 16 to see the un­veil­ing of their work as part of the dis­cov­ery cen­tre on level 4.

Twenty-seven linocut prints are hang­ing in an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled Kaiti­aki, a tra­di­tional Maori view on guard­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ngati Toa iwi asked the chil­dren to cre­ate the works for dis­play in a sep­a­rate space near the iwi’s fea­ture ex­hi­bi­tion, Whiti Te Ra! The story of Ngati Toa Ran­gatira, which opened at Te Papa on June 14.

Louellen Bon­nal­lack, Ngati Toa School’s prin­ci­pal be­fore re­tir­ing at the end of term 1, said the class worked on the linocut prints for two weeks at the end of March, with the help of Te Papa art ed­u­ca­tor and artist Makaira Waugh.

In the first week they planned the pic­tures and sketched the drafts, be­fore Waugh taught them how to cut pat­terns into the lino tem­plates.

In the sec­ond week, they printed the pic­tures on a print­ing press, and wrote their thoughts be­hind the art­works they had cre­ated.

‘‘They’ve writ­ten some lovely things about that,’’ Bon­nal­lack said. ‘‘It was a re­ally thor­ough and in­ter­est­ing process of think­ing and do­ing.’’

See­ing the un­veil­ing at Te Papa was a thrill for ev­ery­one,’’ Bar­bara Smith, the school’s act­ing prin­ci­pal, said.

‘‘It’s such an en­dorse­ment for the chil­dren,’’ she said.

Levi Ware and Pharell Shed­lock-Zim­mer­man, both 10, spoke in Te Reo and English dur­ing the gath­er­ing at Te Papa.

Levi said the chil­dren were proud to have their art shown in a space nearby the taonga of the Ngati Toa iwi.

Big hon­our: Room 9 from Ngati Toa School in front of the ex­hi­bi­tion Kaiti­aki.

Pho­tos: TE PAPA

Valu­able work: Levi Ware from Ngati Toa School with his art­work, Carv­ing Trea­sures. He said carv­ing was a way of ex­press­ing him­self and that pou can pro­tect people.

Spe­cial place: Cedella Pawa from Ngati Toa School with her art­work of Mana Is­land. She said the is­land was spe­cial be­cause a tani­wha landed on it and said the land and sea needed to be pro­tected by ev­ery­one.

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