Student art celebrated
Matariki is being celebrated by students and staff of Te Wananga O Aotearoa with an exhibition featuring traditional Maori art.
The exhibition is called Whakawhiti, which is Maori for ‘‘ cross over’’ or ‘‘ make shine’’, says visual arts tutor Sian Montgomery-Neutze.
‘‘The artworks are based on a narrative or myth that relates to the artists own iwi,’’ she said. Some of the works were produced specifically for the show, Maori visual arts tutor Rongo Tuhura said.
He said other guest works might have already been completed, but tied in with the exhibition theme.
Te Wananga O Aotearoa, a tertiary institution, teaches 50 students Maori visual arts and weaving at its Porirua City campus.
The Whakawhiti exhibition, at the former PSIS building in Lydney Place South, runs until July 9.
An exhibition later this year will showcase the work of Te Wananga O Aotearoa level 4 and 5 students.
An installation by Nathan Rei titled Te Wheke a Muturangi. It was made with native pu, totara and mother of pearl.