Market Showcasing Māori Enterprises

Oct. 24, 2018, 4:07 p.m.

After the huge success of the InnoNative market last year, an even bigger event has been planned with over 90 stalls, interactive activities and a fashion show and art installation in what is set to be a week showcasing the best of local indigenous talents.

Project Leader Jordan Moon said the event is about enabling and empowering indigenous and Māori enterprises and with so many businesses coming on board, the decision was made to expand the one day event into a week.

“We have so much to offer with our Māori culture and we just couldn’t wrap it all up in one day so having “Moko - making our mark on the world” the fashion and art installation is something new here for Whangārei and people need it and want it,” Moon says.

The MOKO fashion show is sold out and is a first for the collective showcasing local designers  , Natura by Aura, Kohi Woodman from Kaikohe, singing troupe 3IC, a weaving wear collection from students at Te Kāpehu Whetu along with loads more artists, dancers and designers .  New Zealand fashion week designer Nichola Te Kiri and artist Shona Tawhiao will also be featured with the installation curated by local artist Lenny Murupaenga.

“Having our established designers and our emerging designers together and just creating an environment where they’re able to collaborate and grow and develop,” Moon says. 

Gamers can also get a taste of the newly released mareikura warrior game “Maia” which will be launched by game creator Maru Nihoniho in the digitech space.

“N-Gen are a local group of young, motivated graphic people who have come together and will be creating a digitech space for the day with demos that are interactive so it’s not just  computers,” Moon says.

Health and fitness will also be covered as Māori owned fitness gyms Crossfit Whangārei and Common Grounds Fitness come out for demonstrations throughout the day.

Common Grounds Fitness is a whānau established initiative which was created for whānau to train free of judgement and owners Phoenix and Jamille Ruka hope their ZUU style of fitness will inspire others to get active.

“The point of this year is to create an opportunity for people to come check it out see what we’re doing, getting people active so a couple of competitions, a lot of rewards and a few prizes.

“We’re hoping to collaborate with other gyms in the area because at the end of the day it’s about whānau health and it doesn’t matter if it comes from us or anyone else as long as our whānau are staying active,” Phoenix Ruka says.

Kapa haka, music performances and a traditional waka event will also be on show along with arts, crafts and kai.

“This year we want to get our waka ama, our waka hourua and waka tētē out there creating a space where people can see it and it’s happening and enabling our people to have other opportunities to immerse themselves in that.”

InnoNative Market kicks off at 10am on Saturday October 27, Reyburn House Lane, Hihiāua peninsula.

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