Ancient Art Of Whakairo Offered At Whangārei Girls Highschool

Sept. 6, 2022, 6:38 p.m.

Poutama Hetaraka, the teacher of Ngā Ko o Tīongongo, a whakairo (carving) class at Whangarei Girls High, says "it's not so much about seeing them carve it's more about them learning about the history and why we do things and don't do things around carving".

Students also benefit from understanding how Māori have been able to record their history through various art forms for centuries.

The class has had a significant impact on the 10 girls that are fortunate enough to be part of this opportunity. For some, it has taught them about their culture and identity.

Kia Matete said "she has grown so many different ways just because of this '.

Kaiako Janine Tito said they are lucky to have received funding from Trades Academy and Creatives in School Program that has enabled this kaupapa to be such a huge success and wishes more schools were able to do it for their students and in particular their Māori students, "Because this is Māori success at its best ".


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