Maori cul­ture expo thrills su­per­model

The New Zealand Herald - - NEWS - Emma Clark

Kiwi su­per­model Rachel Hunter has thrown her sup­port be­hind a Maori cul­ture ex­hi­bi­tion that opened in the United States last week.

The star says it is crit­i­cal the voices of indige­nous cul­tures are heard around the world, and de­scribed

as ex­tra­or­di­nary. It was great to see the voice of Maori shared around the world, Hunter said.

opened on the fa­mous Santa Mon­ica Pier in Venice Beach last week and Hunter is just one of the Cal­i­for­nia-based Ki­wis who flocked to see how Maori cul­ture has been shown in their home away from home. Kiwi ac­tors Millen Baird and

star Siob­han Mar­shall said the ex­hi­bi­tion made many in the crowd home­sick.

It was cool to see “a lit­tle coun­try at the bot­tom of the world” show­cas­ing its cul­ture in the United States, Baird said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was de­vel­oped by the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts In­sti­tute, which is based at Te Puia in Ro­torua.

fea­tures more than 70 works of art hand­crafted by stu­dents and teach­ers, in­clud­ing carv­ing on the site and live ta moko, kapa haka and con­tem­po­rary per­for­mances and pre­sen­ta­tions.

For the first time pounamu carv­ing will be car­ried out dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Karl John­stone, project di­rec­tor, said there had been sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est in the ex­hi­bi­tion and the events as­so­ci­ated with it, in­clud­ing the kapa haka per­for­mances.

New Zealand artists and mu­si­cians Rob Ruha, Ma­jic and Teeks are also per­form­ing as part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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