Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Ngati Whatua Bless AMEX Cup Village Carvings

The Official Blessing of traditional Maori artworks at the AMEX Cup Village today signals the end of the road for a carving project that started in 1996 and the beginning of kai tiakitanga or custodianship for Ngati Whatua o Orakei and ACVL.

Ngati Whatua o Orakei were asked to facilitate the cultural components of the AMEX Cup Village project and in turn indicated that they would take an approach which is inclusive of Tangata Whenua groups and other Iwi in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland.

Because the project is of international significance and likely to attract a wide media coverage, it should be a showcase for the bi-cultural nature of our society. It was believed that the best way to display that bi-culturalism was by the incorporation into the facilities of prominent features such as traditional Maori artworks and the provision of space for Maori cultural performances and art displays.

Many well-known carvers and artists applied for the carving project in 1996-97. Ngati Whatua o Orakei and ACVL in consultation with other iwi groups commissioned Blaine Te Rito to produce the traditional Maori artworks for the AMEX Cup Village.

New Zealanders are very proud of the artworks and believe that they bring forth what is unique about this beautiful land of ours Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The theme of the artworks is sea voyaging. The concept of the ground that the artworks will be standing on is to liken it to a waka or canoe. It is this waka that will carry and uplift the taonga or treasures.

On first approach to the waka visitors will enter the Waharoa or gateway. This depicts Maui and his brothers who were responsible for the fishing up the Great Fish Te Ika a Maui, the North Island of New Zealand.

On the two opposing ends of the waka are the Tauihu (prow) and Taurapa (stern). Along the length of the waka stand seven- (7) tekoteko, or free standing figure statues. Each individual Atua represents a particular aspect of the creation of the universes.

Uru- Te- Ngangana represents the stars and other celestial bodies which aided Maori when voyaging the globe.
Tawhirimatea represents the winds, rain and storms.
Tumatauenga represents tenacity and resilience.
Tangaroa represents the oceans and waterways.
Rongo ma Tane represents peace and calm.
Tane-Nui-A-Rangi represents knowledge.
Ruamoko represents the volcanoes.

The artworks will remain on public display throughout the America’s Cup regatta.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On NZ’s Complicity In Western Sahara

If David Parker really wants to hone his crisis-managing chops on an international trade dispute that New Zealand has been making worse for years, he maybe should be turning his attention to the Western Sahara.

Some background: two NZ companies called Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients appear to be the only independent firms in the world still willing to import phosphate from the disputed territory of the Western Sahara... More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral with Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting to launch into matters of genuine substance. More>>

ALSO:

Withdrawls After Police Uniform Ban: Auckland Pride Remains Committed

The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating their gender and sexual identity, despite some institutions pulling out from the Parade in recent days. More>>

ALSO:

South Korea: State Visit By Korean President Moon Jae-In

The President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in will visit New Zealand from 2 to 4 December... “I am very much looking forward to welcoming President Moon to New Zealand,” said Jacinda Ardern. More>>

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels