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Star Waka

When:

Wed 10 Feb 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 11 Feb 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 12 Feb 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 13 Feb 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 14 Feb 2021, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Te Uru

Star Waka acknowledges past, present and future voyaging to and from Aotearoa in all directions, with the stars reflecting navigation patterns over time and space. Together, the waka and the stars symbolise the universe and the binding together of ira atua (the realm of the gods) and ira tangata (the realm of humans).

Star Waka is also the title of Robert Sullivan’s book of poetry, which engages with the imagination and encapsulates our vision to create a symbolic waka in a star-studded universe.

Words and symbols that underpin our kaupapa:
Taura here: binding together to create strength and kinship, like strands in rope
Tuia: stitching, lashing or binding together (e.g. tukutuku panels in a whare/lashings on a waka)
Continuum: from past to present to future (whakapapa, migration, materials and techniques)
Whare, waka, body: taahuhu (ridge pole, spine, ancestral line) and heke (rafters, ribs)
Protection: mata ariki (god’s-eye star forms), e.g. white feathers used on waka for safe passage
Navigation: stars and clouds
Exchange: interaction, community participation, making, teaching, gifting

Presented by Ngā Turuturu o te Tara (Coromandel Weavers Collective) with Maureen Lander and Chris Charteris. A special acknowledgement to Maryann Talia Pau of The One Million Stars to End Violence project. This project was first activated in Whitianga for Tuia 250 commemorations sponsored by Ministry of Culture and Heritage Tuia 250.

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