E tū ana ahau i runga i a Rakaumangamanga
I reira a Ngātokimatawhaorua e tapa mai ana
Ka titiro iho ahau ki a Ipipiri te Moana
Ko Taumarere te awa
Ko Rawhiti te Marae e tū mai rā
Ko Ngāti Kuta me Patu Keha ngā hapū
Ko Ngāpuhi te Iwi
I tipu ake ai au i Tokoroa, i Kororāreka anō hoki
Kei te whanga o Titahi au e noho ana
David Hakaraia is the Deputy Head of Design school at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, David Hakaraia has developed his practice as a Māori designer and exhibited both nationally and internationally. Hakaraia’s work incorporates both handcrafted and modern digital fabrication techniques to express culturally appropriate design solutions that acknowledge mātauranga Māori.
I have always had an interest in the narratives relating to my Māori heritage. These stories have captured my imagination and I relish expressing them in ways that depart from a customary tribal style, creating a design approach that is distinctly my own.
Allow me to introduce myself: Nicholas Reid, a passionate 25-year-old graphic designer who recently completed his Bachelor of Design Innovation, specialising in communication design. As I embark on this exciting journey, I am eager to explore and incorporate my proud Samoan heritage into my graphic design projects.
05 – 17 June 2023
Te Auaha Gallery
65 Dixon Street,
Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāpuhi
I am a Multidisciplinary Artist originally from Turanganui-a-kiwa and have spent the last 20 years residing in Te Whanganui-a-tara. I have always appreciated the vibrant, creative energy present in Pōneke, and can credit much of who I am as an Artist to this beautiful city.
I am honoured to be curating the Visual Arts programme this year for Kia Mau Festival, 6 – 17 June. My intention is to exhibit tangata whenua and tangata moana Artists, who I admire and who have a strong connection to Pōneke, to showcase their mahi toi within the city landscape we love and are inspired by. Pōneke will be humming during the Kia Mau Festival, with emerging and established Artists working in many different Artforms presented in participating locations around the city.
Advocating the energy we as Artists give back to this space and time. Kia Mau Festival is a special event where we as indigenous Artists of all disciplines can come together and celebrate each other.