He Rau Aroha


08 - 17 Oct 2021


4:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Free, All ages


Te Kupenga Net Trust, 26 Peel Street
26 Peel Street, Gisborne

Te Kupenga Net Trust provides a ‘first stop/gateway’ for whānau before they enter mental health services, through a service known as ‘Te Waharoa’ which utilises mātauranga Māori practices.

Te Waharoa use pūrākau to provide healing support by reflecting on tīpuna narratives, reconnecting whānau to their own korero. Come and join the whānau at Te Kupenga Net Trust inside their gallery – He Rau Aroha – to experience a different pūrākau with kōrero delivered by Mataora, Sunday – Thursday or join us for wine and cheese on Fridays during the festival.


Saturday 9th October 2021, 10:30am – 2pm

Stevei Houkamau (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Scotland) was born and raised in Porirua. In 2011, she enrolled in a Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts at the Māori visual art and design college, Toihoukura. Planning to enter the Tā Moko programme, she instead developed her love for uku from Wi Taepa, Baye Riddle and the late Manos Nathan of Nga Kaihanga Uku, the collective of Māori clayworkers.

Stevei Houkamau will be demonstrating the carving of visual language on a sculptural form hand built form Uku (clay) – join from 10:30-2pm.

Image credit: Personal Brooking Whanau Collection

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