Te Kura-ā-Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano

Ōtaki, New Zealand / Aotearoa

The two murals painted in conjunction on the campus of Te Kura-ā-Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano (WRM) during the Māoriland Film Festival. From the grounded visions of the students, the story rendered is about the first indigenous Māori ancestors that arrived on a double hulled waka (canoe). The circular formation has a dual representation of a portal that leads the ancestors of Ōtaki to the heavens, but also shows an eclipse of the sun with the star constellation of Matariki (Makahiki).

The portal is also seen in the second wall, but it inside the tree of life. In the first wall, the waka is seen coming out of the portal, but in the second wall, the waka is seen going through the portal. Below the tree a kakano seed is shown representing the beginning of life and todayʻs nex generation of children. In the leaves of the tree, the sprite / spirits are seen in the same Matariki formation, representing the ancestors of the children of Ōtaki.

Mele:
“Ngā Waka herenga tāngata”
Ngā rangatani ō ngāti raukawa
Kā pu te ruha kā hao te rangatahi

143 Tasman Rd, Otaki 5512, New Zealand

Mural Name

Ngā Waka herenga tāngata and Ngā kupu ā Mahurangi (The waka of our People and The word of Mahurangi)

Date Completed

March 2017

Schools Served

Te Kura-ā-Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano

Lead Artists

Estria Miyashiro and Mike Bam Tyau

Cultural Practitioners, Kūpuna, Community Orgs

Te Kura-ā-Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano, Hami Doyle, Uncle Robert , Brandon Parata, Robert Brian Klimie, Libby Hakaraia

Sponsors & Supporters

US Embassy New Zealand, Maoriland Film Festival

We Need Your Help

Your tax deductible Annual Membership provides much needed support for arts education in Hawaiʻi.

Help purchasing much needed supplies for our wall murals.

Assist in funding cultural advisers for our youth workshops.

Help stage events surrounding our public mural unveilings.

We Need Your Help

Your tax deductible Annual Membership provides much needed support for arts education in Hawaiʻi.

Help purchasing much needed supplies for our wall murals.

Assist in funding cultural advisers for our youth workshops.

Help stage events surrounding our public mural unveilings.

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