From the editor

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Mark Revington

Sometimes connections are obvious, at other times they unfold unexpectedly. In this issue, Tā Tipene O’Regan talks about his relationship with Dr Cliff Whiting who was recently honoured at the Arts Foundation Icon Awards. The awards recognise New Zealand artists who have made a significant contribution to the country and their art form. There are only 20 Icons at any time.

Cliff received an Icon Award, alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, filmmaker Geoff Murphy, architect Ian Athfield and artist and author Jacqueline Fahey, for “an outstanding contribution to New Zealand art and culture over a career spanning more than 50 years, in the field of art education, art administration, marae building and renovation, and also as an individual artist”.

Down here he is known, not only for his stunning individual works, but for his efforts in reviving Ngāi Tahu culture at Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura and Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff. However, as Tā Tipene notes, Cliff’s most powerful contribution to Ngāi Tahu was in the way he pushed the tribe’s kōrero and whakapapa “back to the forefront of our being – there is simply so much discussion and debate about the traditions themselves – their meaning and their significance”.

Also in this issue, carver Rongomai-Tawhiti Parata-Taiapa talks about the legacy of his grandfather, Hone (John) Te Kaura, who was the younger brother of Pine Taiapa. The Ngāti Porou siblings were instrumental in reviving traditional Maori carving and established the carving school at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua where Rongomai-Tawhiti is a student. The brothers also carved a number of wharenui and other buildings throughout the country.

And we feature the astonishing voyage of Haunui Waka, based on a promise made somewhere in the Pacific between a captain and his crew.


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Issue 62 published July 2014
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ISSN N0. 1173/6011

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The image of Haunui Waka slipping into the Otago Harbour past Taiaroa Head at dawn was taken by Katherine Greer.