Monday, May 28, 2007
The address confers his sovereignty over New Zealand and his protection over his subjects(Maori). And all land dealings should be addressed to himself.
It caused quite a stir in its time and will be bound to raise a few eyebrows in the exhibition.
This taonga will be part of the exhibition.
Friday, May 25, 2007
February 2007, with the help of Kohukohu's local gallery owners Wally Hicks and Lindsay McAuliffe-Evans a call went out to all artists living locally to submit artworks inspired by the environment, people or authority in Hokianga. Choosing taonga for the exhibition was hard, but a necessary task. The selection criteria was based on te ihi, te wehi, te mana me te tapu o nga taonga. The feeling ( prickles up the spine), the sense (the stories the pieces told, to touch and even the smell), the look and the emotions they evoked. It was a hard process, in the end we choose 135 items!
We'd like to thank everyone involved to Wally, Lindsay and Claire White for organising everything up at Rawene(the hiring of the hall, distribution of posters and the word-of-mouth media) and to all artisans who submitted taonga-your treasures. He mihi honore tenei ki a koutou katoa. Te Roopu Ratonga Maori Services Team.
This green crystal glass taonga above is called Kakariki Korukoru created by Robin Anaru Anderson. This kakahu taonga (woven) above is called Phoenix created by Dorothy Ramae MacKinnon. Both pieces will be showcased at the exhibition.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
After witnessing the sunset and the moonrise on top of Arai te uru, on the southern side of the harbour; we took the long way home through Waipoua forest and returned to the harshness of the city lights. We came back with a great deal more knowledge, understanding and a deeper respect for Hokianga. And for all of us it was a realisation of the responsibility on our shoulders to ensure the integrity of the exhibition is of a very high standard.
The picture above is one of the many we've taken from the mouth of the Hokianga harbour looking over to Panguru on the northside.