Over three days, a rōpū of weavers from Te Puāwai are moving into Objectspace to share the history and intricacies of weaving from a Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei perspective.
This kaupapa is warming the space for our next exhibition, Pohewa Pāhewa, opening on 30 June. Pohewa Pāhewa examines design practice through a te ao Māori lens and will feature raranga (weaving) kaupapa developed with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
Te Puāwai will be working at Objectspace, creating a space for making, education and knowledge deepening of raranga. Expert weavers will share mātauranga connected to weaving practice and insights into the weaving kaupapa led by Te Puāwai in Tāmaki Makaurau.
About Te Puāwai te whare - Wāhi Tūpuna - Pouhere Taonga/Rārangi Kōrero
From humble beginnings in 1964 as the first pre-fab building on the Ōrākei marae complex, Te Puāwai, blossomed into a central hub of important activities. Te Puāwai encapsulated and inspired the mātauranga (education) and mahi toi (arts) aspirations of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Throughout the decades, Te Puāwai and its education committee were focused on educational achievement becoming a playcentre, library and kōhanga reo and supported the development of mahi toi, later becoming a whare raranga. Furthermore, Te Puāwai was central to the expansion and reconstruction of the marae and also in the revitalisation of mahi toi, with works exhibited nationally and internationally.
Today, the legacy of Te Puāwai continues through a rōpū of kairaranga (weavers) based at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Centred on wānanga-based transmission of knowledge, Te Puāwai weavers have nurtured the deep mātauranga held within weaving practice to ensure raranga traditions are safely held for future generations.
Te Puāwai weavers would like to acknowledge the advocacy and leadership of those past and present who nurtured Te Puāwai into existence, particularly that of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei uri and members from the wider Ōrākei community.
Te Puāwai at Objectspace is supported by Kaunuku.