Stu­dent art cel­e­brated

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JEREMY WILKIN­SON

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.

Photo: JEREMY WILKIN­SON

An in­stal­la­tion by Nathan Rei ti­tled Te Wheke a Mu­tu­rangi. It was made with na­tive pu, to­tara and mother of pearl.

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