I te tī, i te tā tēnā rā tātou katoa
Anei a Pīkari Mai!
Pīkari Mai he kaupapa whakarauora hihi ngā rangi I te ao Matihiko, ma ngā tāngata katoa i te ao kikokiko.
Ko Pīkari Mai he whakamiha tēnei, ki ngā kaituhi o ngā iwi taketake, nga tāngata mai i ngā hau e whā.
Ko Pīkark Mai he koha aroha ki a koutou katoa, kia tātou anō.
Mō te whaikaha I tō tātou mātauranga me ngā tāonga tuku iho.
Koinei te kāranga o te kaupapa: Kāti rā te pane kākā. Pīkari mai! Titiro mai! Ngā kaituhi whaimana.
Ā ngā tāngata whenua ngā tāngata taketake hoki.
Nākū te honore kua mahia tātou i tēnei kaupapa mā tātou katoa. Kei te tuku atu te mauri o Pīkari Mai.
I te puāwaitanga o te harakeke, he rito whakakī whāruarua.
Whaia te pae tata, kia tina, tina, haumi e, hui e, tāiki e!
Pīkari Mai! was a digital art intervention used to "Cut Off the Toff" during the coronation of Charles III. It is a plug designed to replaced all news about the "Royal" Family with indigenous news.
Developed in partnership with ColensoBBDO, Porta-Novelli, and Hearts & Science Pīkari Mai! was donated over $250,000 of media spend in Aotearoa, was seen by people in over 1100 cities in 75 countries and has active participation of over 2000 people today.
Our Pīkari Mai whānau, consisting of Angela Watson, Simon Vicars, Logan Marie, Charlotte Glennon, Tennille Barnes, Charlotte Glennon, Sonya Milford, Zak Hawkins, Jack Close, Flora Zhou, Jeremy Lavich, Anna Thornton, Michelle Wade, Grayson Goffe, Robyn Pryor, Aroha Scott & Tangaroa Paul worked committed to the kaupapa; making the plug in, in 5 days.
Pīkari Mai! was received so well by Indigenous peoples across the globe and upgraded to include sprites & news from across the world.
Te Tīmatanga is Auckland Pride’s Takatāpui offering within the Festival. This Rangatahi led public art & digital festival, looks to celebrate the legacy, resilience, talents and nuanced lived experiences of Aotearoa’s Kāhui Takatāpui.
Our Te Tīmatanga Huarahi Toi in partnership with Britomart & The Viaduct, has showed over 10 emerging artist, positioning their practice within a public art context.
As a hybrid festival of digital delivery & in person events Te Tīmatanga is a kaupapa of gratitude and exploration - where Takatāpui, Tangata Ira Rere, Tangata Ira Whiti, Tangata Ira Tangata and Tangata Whenua may come together in hāporitanga to share in their truths, joy & abundance.
The Te Tīmatanga Huarahi Toi has become a staple within the Auckland Pride Landscape, and is unearthed annually.
Mana Māori, Mana Takatāpui.
Tīhei, Mauri Ora!
Mana A Ia - Maia Keane
Infinite Formations - Hana Burgess
As part of Te Tīmatanga - Auckland Pride's first Takatāpui Fetival, Kōpū showed E Nekeneke Ki Tōu Ake Ao.
E Nekeneke Ki Tōu Ake Ao - meaning move into your own world - is a gentle and colourful reminder that the binary coding, which has notably infiltrated our gender identity within Aotearoa, has lead to more subtle conditioning beyond gender, where many of us are left to consider ourselves, and indeed the world around us, as a series of polarities.
In Takatāpuitanga, we know it is true to be many things at one. As Te Ao Māori grounds and informs our identity, our hospitality (represented in the work by the rainbow Pātiki) is unwavering. The black grid symbolises a Hinaki (net/imprisonment), noting how settler colonial influence and gaze obstructs the reception and bounty of our Manaakitanga.
E Nekeneke Ki Tōu Ake Ao reminds us that moving away from our conditioning, can be a thing of curiosity and grace. We should allow ourselves and indeed our whānau, to move with us into our new world manoeuvring through the seabed & mud, like the Pātiki who we look to as exemplars of hospitality.
Force and Movement - inspired by the scientific prowess within Māori whakapapa, honouring the expedition of Waka, Te Tōpana // Te Nekenga looks through onomata (eyes of the past), to imagine the urban environment not as brick & mortar but more as uncharted and expansive waters. Defying habitus, this works looks gleefully to te paewai o te Moana, knowing that the tides are turning. Through whakapapa we have inherited the resilience of voyageurs: Te Tōpana // Te Nekenga honours the cultural enrichment Te Ao Māori offers and emulates te ngaru whati o te paewai (the breaking waves through the threshold of) the hegemony. This work acknowledges the global need for engaging in indigenous Mātauranga to enact greater climate justice, and social good.
Te Ngaru \\ Te Ngotangota looks to honour the maintenance of our natural environment and our relationship to it. Considering the "fifth wall" (the floor), Te Ngaru \\ Te Ngotangota looks to understand how our urban environment can become an opportunity to better understand the idiosyncrasies of Rakahore (the atua of rock) and Hineukurangi (the atua of clay); as well as honouring their intimacy and the love they have for their children.
How can we better acknowledge the soil, the sand, the bedrock, the gravel, the concrete & the erstwhile wetlands in their generosity for enabling our place in the world today. Through our Primordial connections to rubble and dust, Te Ngaru \\ Te Ngotangota creates an introductory opportunity for city goers to remember the concrete beneath their shoes, the soil beneath their feet and the earth right under their noses. A response to the Rākau planted along Queen Street, Te Ngaru \\ Te Ngotangota is a reminder that even when we are gone, the earth will remain.
Kōpū O Te Rangi was offered the first floor passageway area to reimagine and redesign. Using pānuitia we invited our whānau into one of New Zealand's premier shopping destination to enact a refacing of the structural beams of the site. With a focus on accessible materials for our whānau, to negate the feelings of otherness felt within the space, white chalk, golden chalk pen, packing tape & scissors turned pillar to pou.
An ode to Pōhutakawa (the Atua of onomata, the past and what we have lost in the year) & Hiwaiterangi (the atua of anamata, the future and what we hope to gain) we asked the general public and emerging ringatoi Māori who partook in the interventionm, to mark-make the beams like they might chalkboards at Kura. Filled with colourful kupu, haututū illustrations, treasured whakatauki, and kōrero tuku iho, we unleashed whānau into space and onto structure.
"For the Matariki observation period this year a group of retail stores are reimagined as spaces for artists and their taonga. Commercial Bay's connecting pathways become sites for storytelling and knowledge exchange. Reveal the collaborations and find the nine stars of Matariki."
Kōpū started as a photographic practice honouring the divine and innate connection we each share with our tūpuna and whakapapa and capturing it to celebrate my whānau around me.
Our portraiture & fashion photography has been shown at Tautai, Replying in My Mothers Tongue which was our first photographic solo show toured Aotearoa and fundraised for Ihumātao.
At the conclusion of our photographic & portraiture practice we were shown in Vogue Italia's Photo Vogue 2021 for the Oceanic Region, in creative partnership with Sophie Miya-Smith
Hine-Te-Iwaiwa, Replying in my Mothers Tongue, 2021