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Te Waka Toi artist grants


A complete list of grants offered by Te Waka Toi

Te Waka Toi has five funding programmes to which Maori artists and organisations apply.

These are Indigenous Links, New Work, Experiencing Maori Art, Heritage Arts, and Te Reo. In the first funding round for 2002/03, Te Waka Toi received 95 applications for project funding totalling $2.2 million. A total of $701,018 was offered to 50 projects. Indigenous Links $11,000 to Te Roopu Awhi Rito of Lower Hutt for three weavers - Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, Ngatau Aroha Dahm and Wikitoria Ratuto - to travel to the city Basauri in the Basque region of Spain in November 2002 to display their arts and culture alongside London-based Maori artists and performers. Links will be made with Spain’s indigenous people and with Hawaiian weavers on the way home.

$4000 to Bethany Edmunds, a young Hokianga artist with Maori and Basque ancestry, who will exhibit a series of seven wall sculptures alongside London-based Maori artists in the city of Basauri in the Basque region of Spain, November 2002. She hopes to build links with the Basque people, and explore marketing and further cultural exchange possibilities.

$30,000 to the Tokomaru Bay Community Group for a group of 15 members of Te Ataarangi ki Tokomaru to travel to Rapanui, Easter Island next February to support language development on Easter Island and present waiata, haka, poi, mahi toi (handcrafts) and purakau practices. New Works $30,000 to sculptor Fred Graham of Waiuku, South Auckland to create ten new works for an exhibition at the Waikato Art Museum, celebrating his “elevation to kaumatua status” (turning 75) late next year.

$16,000 to Moana Nepia, a former dancer and choreographer who retrained in London and has returned to New Zealand as a leading Maori artist. He will develop a series of new work to be exhibited in the Milford Gallery, Auckland in February - March 2003.

$6500 to Te Kohinga of Hastings, led by Paerau Corneal, to run a wananga for 25 emerging artists in Hastings in December 2002. Learning from each other and from established artists, the artists will develop a body of work for exhibition in Hastings and Napier.

$10,000 to Star Gossage of Wellsford, Auckland to paint a series of new work based on her time on her ancestral island of Hauturu (Little Barrier Island) from February to April 2003.

$10,000 to Deidre Nehua of Avondale, Auckland to write a novel reflecting her personal experience of the land protest movement.

$10,000 to Rachel Rakena of Dunedin to develop a multi-media installation as part of the Ngai Tahu exhibition for the opening of Te Puna o Waiwhetu, the new Christchurch City Art Gallery, in April 2003.

$14,000 to Rangi Nui Faith of Rangiora, North Canterbury to write a book of poetry. His collection Rivers Without Eels was published by Huia Publishers in 2001.

$4245 to Anituatua Black of Dunedin towards writing a collection of short stories as told by her mother, also called Anituatua, in Tuhoe dialect, about an old fairy woman who is part of the spirit world.

$5473 to Debbi Tyne of Rotorua to print new works using tuhituhi (written) images. Approximately 40 works will be produced for a proposed exhibition at the Hei Tiki Gallery in Rotorua in March 2003.

$6000 to David Te Hira of Upper Hutt to carve a pou whenua for the Upper Hutt City’s new cultural centre by July 2003. Incorporating both woven harakeke and carving, the pou will acknowledge various cultures in the community.

$10,000 to Alan Wehipeihana of Paekakariki to develop work for a solo exhibition to be shown at Pataka Porirua Museum of Arts and Cultures in January 2004. He plans to create up to 30 mixed-media pieces using wood, paint, metal and found objects.

$14,000 to Mere Whaanga of Paraparaumu to write a second novel, a sequel to her soon-to-be-published novel All My People. Whaanga has written several successful children’s books and won the Choysa Bursary for Children’s Writers in 1988.

$3000 to Hiona Henare of Paekakariki to write a full-length play about a young Maori woman’s quest for identity. Henare is a graduate of the Taranaki Performing Arts School, and an experienced theatre producer and writer.

$5000 to Tapu te Ranga Trust of Island Bay, Wellington to commission artist Vanessa Patea to create a contemporary three-dimensional mural incorporating the designs of early Maori rock art by April 2003.

$30,000 to Te Rakau Hua o te Wao Tapu Trust of Wellington to develop and perform theatre in Tamaki Marae. Experiencing Maori Arts $30,000 to Te Whanau Puawai Ora of Christchurch to develop and stage an interactive production on youth suicide. The play will have input from young Maori and will be presented to kura, whare wananga, youth centres, youth correction units and marae throughout New Zealand from April to December 2003.

$22,000 to a collective of 17 Maori artists for a series of exhibitions, brownout, in New Zealand and Hawaii. The exhibitions are planned to tour for a year from December 2002, opening in Wellington with brownout: a connexion of native vibes. $25,000 to Gordon Toi Hatfield of Rotorua to take an exhibition of live Maori art and culture, focussing particularly on Ta moko, to Amsterdam in November. This will be Hatfield and Dutch/Indonesian photographer Patricia Steur’s sixth exhibition on Ta moko in Holland.

$10,000 to the National Maori Choir - Te Roopu Waiata Maori to perform at a concert of Maori music and opera as part of the Toi Maori Aotearoa Arts Festival in Christchurch in January 2003.

$8000 to Graeme Martin of Te Waipounamu Maori Cultural Council to stage a South Island kapa haka festival in Christchurch. Approximately 1000 performers in 27 groups were expected to attend the three-day event at Labour Weekend.

$30,000 to Huia Publishers of Wellington towards the Maori Literature Awards 2003. The Awards recognise Maori writers of fiction, film scripts, poetry and other genres in both the English and Maori languages. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in October 2003. $20,000 to Minaaka Ltd to support the band WAI to participate in an international trade fair called the Womex Music Expo in Germany. A five-piece “cyber electronica roots” band, WAI’s lyrics are all in te reo.

$25,000 to the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust for Maori participation in WOMAD 2003, to be held in New Plymouth in March 2003. Performers from at least 20 countries are expected to take part, along with the Gisborne kapa haka group Waihirere and other contemporary Maori musicians.

$9000 to Donna Tupaea of Waikato and Nigel Borell of Waiheke Island for an exhibition and catalogue entitled Ihi, planned to run for six weeks in mid 2003 at The Lane Gallery in Auckland. Both Donna and Nigel are fine arts graduates, and Nigel is a former recipient of a Te Waka Toi Scholarship.

$10,000 to Te Awakairangi Community Arts Council of Lower Hutt towards an exhibition of work by artists who are licensed users of the toi iho™ Maori Made Mark at the annual Te Ra o Te Raukura Festival in Lower Hutt in February 2003.

$8000 to Te Poho o Rawiri Marae of Gisborne towards a week-long hui celebrating Ngati Oneone art and history in Gisborne in February 2003. This will complement the Waitangi Day celebrations organised every year by Ngati Oneone.

$7000 to the Public Dreams Trust of Hastings towards a performance, Nga Harikoa o Nga Hauhake, which will involve oratory, whakapapa and waiata at the First Night in Hastings festival held from 28 December 2002 to 4 January 2003. Based on aspects of harvest, the work has been commissioned for the Kahurangi New Zealand Maori Dance Trust.

$7500 to the Black Pearl National Trust of Manukau towards an exhibition and catalogue of the work of six Maori women artists at the presentation of the 2002 Black Pearl Awards in Mangere in November.

$3000 to Miria George of Wellington to publish a collection of ten poems, The Wet Season, produced during poetry workshops at the International Institute of Modern Letters at the University of Victoria. Heritage Arts $10,000 to Te Whanau-a-Harawaka of Opotiki for a group of ten weavers and whanau to travel to the West Coast in November 2002 to share their knowledge of the artform, and gather and prepare kiekie and flax to use in the decoration of a new wharenui.

$10,000 to Bana Paul and colleagues of Wairoa towards a four-day wananga in November, aimed at teaching adults and children about flax, tukutuku, paper-making and blade fibre.

$18,000 to Kanohi Kitea Trust of Christchurch towards a three-day wananga on Ta moko and taonga puoro in late December. The Trust is committed to the promotion of Maori art and language.

$30,000 to Pou Kapua Creations of Hamilton towards a group of Hamilton carvers, mainly from Te Ranga Carving School of Kirikiriroa Marae, to create a giant kauri pou, expected to be 25 metres high and three metres in girth. The pou will be displayed at the Viaduct Basin in Auckland during the final stages of the America’s Cup regatta. $14,000 to the Tangata Marae Trust of Matamata towards a series of three-day weaving wananga in 2003 to pass on the skills of a senior weaver to the Matamata community and other communities. Those attending will be taught whariki, kete, taaniko and korowai.

$30,000 to Hakatere Marae of Ashburton to create carvings for a new wharenui as part of a broader marae redevelopment project by December 2003. Vince Leonard and members of the Hakatere whanau are the proposed carvers. $30,000 to Te Oho Waka Committee of Whanganui towards the construction of a wakatete for ceremonial, functional and educational purposes on the Whanganui River. It will be available for use by descendants of Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi and a range of educational institutions, including kohanga and kura.

$6000 to Taueru Urupa of Masterton towards the carving of an ancestral waharoa/gateway for Taueru Urupa as part of a broader upgrade of the cemetery after it was damaged by fire.

$6400 to Waiwhetu Marae of Lower Hutt for the repair of 60 whariki belonging to Arohanui ki te Tangata Marae in Lower Hutt. Four weavers expect to work on the mats from November through to March 2003.

$9400 to the Marine Education and Recreation Board of Long Bay, Auckland to commission carver Paora Te Rangiuaia to create a carving, Te Whare o Tangaroa, for the Marine Education and Recreation Centre.

$17,000 to Te Huinga Manaaki o Te Puke to carve a memorial pou for an ancestor called Tamati Te Wharehuia of Tapuika, at Te Puke. An expert carver will instruct students on carving, history, waiata and values as part of the project, expected to take 16 weeks from November.

$26,000 to Te Kotuku Marae of Waitakere City to restore original carvings at the front of the whare hui, which is located at Rutherford College, Te Atatu by April 2003.

$9000 to Puhoro Trust of Thames for several wananga to learn about a series of carved atua or god-sticks. These taonga are one to five metres high, 30cm wide and 10cm thick. Te Reo $5500 to Te Roopu Haka o te Kotahitanga of Christchurch to record a CD of original, contemporary songs in te reo for children, to be released in December. The songs will be performed by the junior members of the club and have been composed by Tihi, Wiremu and Te Huaki Puanaki.

$14,000 to Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira of Raglan to write a novel in te reo. The recipient of the 2001 Te Tohu Tiketike a Te Waka Toi/Te Waka Toi Exemplary Award, she is a leading figure in the renaissance of te reo Maori. Earlier this year, her novel Makorea – the first full-length novel written in te reo Maori - was published. $10,000 to WaaHuu Creations of Wellington to record a new CD of ten songs in the Maori language, Mauri Too, in late 2002.

$12,000 to Te Kahu Mai Rangi Inc of Hawera to retain existing writing in te reo and support new writing, also in te reo. This incorporated society is concerned with Maori development, innovation and advancement.

$10,000 to Te Reo Irirangi o Taranaki of New Plymouth towards a CD recording of new renditions of waiata tawhito of Taranaki. The aims of this radio station are to retain, uplift and strengthen the Maori language and customs.


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