Moana Nui, Moana Roa

Rākau: Kauri


This piece sits on one’s poho (chest) honouring the expansive seas that connect us by the graceful motions of the whale’s tail. A tūpuna of many mammals they navigate the ocean wide, sharing with us hā, the power of breath and stroke, movement and motion, rhythmically travelling like the grain of this rākau, so too piercing the skies with its breath of life.


Artspace Aotearoa is proud to present Te Taiao, a series of whakarei artist editions initiated and made by artist Charles Turetahi (Teare) in collaboration with local Karangahape whānau. Teare is a woodcarver and social activist who is part of the Boil Up Crew, a collective based in Tāmaki Makaurau.

These handmade whakarei reclaim indigenous taonga such as kauri, mataī and tōtara to celebrate tātai whakapapa (reciting genealogy or epistemology). Te Taiao employs mātauranga Māori & te ao Māori as regenerative solutions to heal our taiao.

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