Te Whare Pora - House of Learning

Exhibition

Te Whare Pora - House of Learning
June 8, 2024

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Jul 28, 2024
VENUE: 
WHAKAARI
Free

A rare opportunity to see a collection of unique kākahu (cloaks) made by internationally recognised Māori weaver Rokahurihia Ngarimu-Cameron MNZM, along with hand-made taonga puoro (musical instruments) from Roka’s collection. Curated by Dr Awhina Tamarapa. Opening: Saturday 8 June, 11am | WHAKAARI | Free, all welcome

Experience the arts of raranga and whatu in person, with regular demonstrations by Roka’s students from Te Pūkenga. Curated by expert in Māori textiles, Dr Awhina Tamarapa.

Rokahurihia Ngarimu-Cameron, MNZM (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Arawa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Irish) is an internationally recognised tohunga in Māori Arts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts and a degree in Social Work and Community Studies. A lifetime of weaving with harakeke (flax) and other materials has seen her exhibit widely in Aotearoa, Australia, Canada, Fiji, Samoa and America.

Dr Awhina Tamarapa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Ruanui) is formerly Curator Māori at Te Papa. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka, VUW (2024), Master of Arts in Museum Studies, from Massey University (2015), Bachelor of Māori Laws and Philosophy from Te Wananga o Raukawa, Otaki (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts from VUW, majoring in Anthropology (1993). She is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the Stout Research Centre, VUW, focusing on locating, collating and sharing information on taonga puoro and karetao in museums outside of Aotearoa NZ. She is also a co-investigator for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) cross cultural research project with Professor Bryony Onciul, University of Exeter and leaders of the Kumugwe Cultural Society, BC Canada.

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