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Issue 65

Lonnie Hutchinson

Acknowledging and informed by the rich cultural resources of her Polynesian heritage (Māori – Ngāi Tahu, Samoan), Lonnie is a multi media, installation and performance artist who exhibits in New Zealand. Drawing lies at the base of Lonnie’s practice which is as much influenced by contemporary, advertising, hip hop, graffiti art and popular culture as…

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Breaking new ground

Contemporary multimedia artist Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Hāmoa) and carver Fayne Robinson have been commissioned to bring a Ngāi Tahu aesthetic to the $350 million-plus precinct, which will house staff from the Ministry of Justice, Police, the Department of Corrections, the Fire Service, St John, and Civil Defence and Emergency Management agencies. But what does a Ngāi Tahu aesthetic look like?

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The art of weaving

The first arrivals in Aotearoa found a climate much cooler than the one they had left behind in Te Ao Tawhito, or the old world. The new arrivals needed to adapt and create clothes and tools from the new plants they found here.

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Making the pen mightier than the taiaha

Kaituhi Gerry Te Kapa Coates gives his thoughts on the state of Ngāi Tahu literary arts, following a recent wānanga for Ngāi Tahu writers. Ngāi Tahu has great artists – visual, carvers, weavers, kapa haka exponents – but writers don’t seem to feature prominently. In this hierarchy, Keri Hulme carved her own pou when she…

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Balancing act

Late last year, around 30,000 people voted on Facebook and made Tanemahuta Gray (Ngāi Tahu) the first Māori winner of the AMP People’s Choice Scholarship, which provides funding for turning a dream project into a reality.

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Ross Hemera

Ross has just retired from his position as Professor of Māori Art and Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University and holds the portfolio of Kaiwhakaahua Māori – Director For Māori Development.

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Jennifer Rendall

Since graduating with a Masters of Fine Arts from Canterbury University in 2010 there has been a shift in artist Jennifer Rendall’s painting practice. Jennifer says she has been making paintings on a larger scale and has focused on “structures : a port /poro rākau/ logs series and recently a Whare rau series – finished…

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Only natural

As he prepares to retire from his role as Professor of Māori Art and Design at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, Ross Hemera tells kaituhi Moerangi Vercoe why ancestral rock drawings have made such a lasting impact on his art. It’s a well-grounded childhood that Ross Hemera, now 65, recalls fondly. Good times, with…

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Expecting to fly

The Paemanu rōpū brings together a diverse group of artists dedicated to the development of Ngāi Tahutanga through contemporary visual arts. Kaituhi Matt Philp reports. In 2006, a group of Ngāi Tahu contemporary artists exhibited in a group show at a cultural centre near Melbourne. For several of the 14 artists involved, it was the…

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