Celebrating Makers: Māori and Pacific Art – Carving

Get up close and immerse yourself in Māori and Pacific art with a celebration of carvers on our marae.

  • When | Āhea Fri 22 Jan 2021, 10.00am–3.00pm
    Sat 23 Jan 2021, 10.00am–3.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Te Marae, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

Connect with our marae, Rongomaraeroa, and immerse yourself in Māori and Pacific art with a celebration of carvers!

Tāmihana Katene, Trevor Lerm, John Misky, and Matthew Tehau Randall others will be demonstrating whakairo

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 live. Join us to see taonga up close, meet the artists, ask questions, and try your hand at some activities.

There will also be live performances by Ruby Solly (Friday) and Jenny Taotua (Saturday) at 11am, 12:30pm, and 1pm.

A man carving wood on a table with a lot of tools surrounding him


Tāmihana Katene working on Rongomaraeroa, Matariki, 2020. Photo by Jo Moore. Te Papa

About the carvers

Tāmihana Katene (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Koata, Te Taoū – Ngāti Whatua)
For over 15 years, Tāmihana has been involved in the reinvigoration of taonga puoro within the Wellington region. As a carver of wood, stone and bone Tāmihana has spent this time focusing on the study and recreation of traditional taonga puoro.

Trevor Lerm (Nukunonu)
Trevor is a mixed media artist working in the commercial sector in Wellington Aotearoa. Recently Trevor participated in our artist showcase Ko Au Ko Tokelau, and is re-emerging himself in the art of whakairo.  As someone living outside of Tokelau, Trevor is interested in the mixing of modern and customary techniques, materials and tools in his work.

John Misky (Sematau – Samoa; Fakaofo – Tokelau)
John is a voyager and canoe builder dedicated to building traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe and knowledge. He leads Le ta va’a (our canoe) a va’a project in the heart of Porirua.

Matthew Tehau Randall (Rongowhakaata – Turanga iwi, Ngati Rakaipaaka)
Residing in Turanganui a kiwa, for over 20 years Matthew has developed a diversity amongst the customary arts expressing local stories in mediums such as wood, steel, bronze, stone and whenua. In more recent years he has had a focus on traditional and innovative tool making. Matthew has contributed whakairo works currently showcased in the Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow exhibition at Te Papa.

About the musicians

Ruby Solly (Kai Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe)
Ruby s a musician, writer and taonga puoro practitioner living in Pōneke, Aotearoa. (Performing Friday 22 Jan.)

Jenny Taotua (Salelologa, Satupa‘itea, Vailoa Palauli – Samoa; Nuku‘alofa – Tonga)
Jenny hails from the beautiful city of Porirua. Jenny is a songwriter and has been singing for over 30 years, starting off as a Gospel singer for her local church. (Performing Saturday 23 Jan).