Te Hau o tu

Rākau: Kauri


This longer kauri toki in part draws its shape from the more traditional roimata pounamu design which reflects the way droplets form as they pierce the skies and winds to land. Its sharp edge defines the toki in its form and function, if sharpened it would slice. The grain of this upcycled kauri floor board from the old Real Groovy store stretched upwards like the proud kauri.


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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