March 28, 2022, 7:24 p.m.
'Tūmanako' (Hope) is the whakaaro behind world renowned contemporary street artist, Graeme Hoete's (Mr G), collaborative, creative mural project with local rangatahi in Kaitaia. With whakapapa to Pukepoto, Hoete returned home to acknowledge his tūpuna and inspire the next generation of rangatahi.
The first workshop was held recently at Far North Reap. A collaborative effort between Mr G Hoete, Shine on Kaitaia, Far North Reap, Te Rarawa and funded by Te Puni Kokiri. The second workshop is to be held in April, where the mural will be painted, alongside local rangatahi, on a chosen site within Kaitaia.
Mr G brings taha hinengaro and mental wellbeing to his workshops, in hope of inspiring rangatahi to push through internal struggles and pursue creative pathways. Each piece he does is a carefully curated journey with a story and whakapapa as the backbone. He speaks of his own past experiences and internal challenges, then gives a real life account of his own journey to global success.
"Technology helps us reach more people. It's a whole new game now. It's possible to make a full-time career out of art now. It has taken me all around the world" said Hoete.
Painting messages of HOPE in small towns across Aotearoa. Visit his facebook page @mrghoeteart to view his creative journey across multiple medium.