Jack-up leads to study of Maori tra­di­tion

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Michele Ong

Jack Good­eve’s quest to learn more about Maori art launched a school trip to the mu­seum.

The nine-year-old and 54 of his class­mates, from Frank­ley School, vis­ited Puke Ariki to lis­ten to taonga Maori cu­ra­tor and carver Glen Skip­per about tra­di­tional Maori art and the tools used to cre­ate the pieces.

Jack was work­ing on his school’s Te Ara Tiki in­quiry, ex­plor­ing Maori cus­toms and cul­tures, when he read of PhD can­di­date Andy Brown, of Haw­era, in the Taranaki Daily News.

Brown’s re­search in­volves look­ing at stone adzes and fish hooks in Puke Ariki’s her­itage collection to see how Maori cul­ture evolved through time.

Jack emailed the re­porter who wrote the story about Brown, out­lin­ing his de­sire to speak to him and re­quested his con­tact de­tails.

He then wrote to Brown to see if he would be able to speak to the stu­dents but un­for­tu­nately, Brown was in Christchurch.

So Jack sought help from the mu­seum and his ef­forts paid off.

Skip­per spoke to the stu­dents on how to cre­ate their poupou to re­flect their his­tory, her­itage and per­sonal story.

Poupou were tra­di­tion­ally carved by males and told the story of the meet­ing house, the tribe and its an­ces­try.

Jack’s poupou had a rugby ball to show his love for the sport and a koru on each shoul­der sig­ni­fied strength.

His sec­ond poupou sported a cricket bat un­der its arm as Jack was also a cricket fan.

Teacher Bren­don An­der­son said the mu­seum trip was a re­sult of Jack’s enthusiasm and cu­rios­ity to learn more about the sub­ject.

Photo: CHAR­LOTTE CURD/FAIR­FAX ME­DIA

Tra­di­tional art: Jack Good­eve, 9, learns the art of Maori carv­ing from Puke Ariki taonga Maori cu­ra­tor Glen Skip­per.

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