Ueue te mana

Rākau: River Mataī & Kauri

LIMITED EDITION 1 OF 1

The mana of two great trees are acknowledged in this mataī and kauri bound toki. Once laying in a river the emboldened mataī is shaped into a soft adze head. Tātai whakapapa (reciting genealogy or epistemology) is celebrated with the bringing together of such contrasting rākau. We value matauranga Māori (Knowledge systems) & te ao Māori as regenerative solutions to heal our taiao.

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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 and te ao Māori as regenerative solutions to heal our taiao.

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