The Whakairo Exhibition celebrates the rich heritage and artistry of Māori carving. It provides a platform for our graduates to showcase their talent and share their finished art pieces with pride. The exhibition serves as a testament to the graduates’ dedication and skill acquired during the year-long programme.
Renata Tane, the lead Whakairo Kaiako at Te Pou o Manako, holds a prominent role in the Ngā Toi Programme through Te Pūkenga. In collaboration with Ngāti Rēhia, Renata spearheads the delivery of this programme, which is dedicated to nurturing the art of Māori carving. Renata’s commitment to his craft extends far beyond a mere job; it is a way of life that he embodies wholeheartedly.
Throughout the past year, Renata has diligently guided a class of eight talented carvers, sharing his extensive knowledge and expertise. As their kaiako, he has been instrumental in facilitating their transformation into master carvers. Renata’s guidance and mentorship have nurtured their artistic abilities and supported them on their journey towards mastery.
Overall, the Whakairo Exhibition is a tribute to the graduates’ achievements, the cultural legacy they represent, and the power of art to connect communities and inspire appreciation for Te Ao Māori.