This wānanga is sponsored by the Ngāi Tahu Fund for practitioners of all levels engaged in the toi of carving and weaving. The wānanga and will be held 16-18 September at Arahura Marae. Those wishing to attend will need to provide their own bedding.

The programme of the weekend will be as below:

Friday 16 September
Evening presentation — The carving and weaving strategy developed as a result of the Wairewa wānanga of carvers and weavers hosted by the Ngāi Tahu Fund in September 2015. [Read more…]

Ka rere āmiomio te karaka a te whare poa o Tahu ki a koutou kā rika whatu, kā rika raraka a Kāi Tahu, koutou i poipoia kā momo pā harakeke a tō tātou nei iwi. Expressions of interest are sought from all Kāi Tahu weavers within New Zealand, who would like to be part of a tribal weaving project. Please register your interest by email: [email protected] or call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) ext. 30184.

This was the first of a series of monthly noho offering an introduction to the traditional, practical skills of Toi Māori Whatu Muka and Te reo Māori. It was an awesome weekend. We are incredibly lucky to have two kaiako, Irene Brady (Kāi Tahu ) and Phillippa Hakopa (Kāti Mamoe) both experienced practitioners in Toi Māori and Te reo Māori.

The noho is being run over a Friday night and Saturday each month. We are loving the opportunity to learn our te reo, tikaka, kawa, waiata and toi in a distinctly Kāi Tahu setting. [Read more…]

On Monday 24 November, members of Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka went to Te Hīkoi Museum in Riverton/Aparima, to greet Rangi Te Kanawa, from Te Papa Museum.

Rangi was in Riverton helping with the assessment and restoration work that had to be carried out on hand woven korowai, made by local Māori up to 150-years-ago. These korowai will be displayed in an exhibition that starts in December 2015. [Read more…]

Raranga fragments from Roxburgh Gorge

Raranga (weaving) fragments retrieved during an archaeological investigation over three years ago and held in temporary custodianship by the Otago Museum, embarked on a new leg of their journey when they were recently transferred to another temporary home at the University of Otago. [Read more…]

Fusion hip hop and kapa haka wānanga

The first school holidays for the year saw us staging our fusion hip hop and kapa haka wānanga. The crew was made up of 21 Ngāti Waewae tamariki aged four to 17. This time the tamariki learnt new Waewae waiata, haka, and how to make poi. The wānanga ran for five days and each day they had three different classes – waiata, haka and hip hop. On the third day of the wānanga, we had some very sad news that Aunty Babe had passed away, so we prepared ourselves for the tangi. [Read more…]