June 27, 2022
Carvers set for Māoriland spectacle
The Māoriland Charitable Trust has confirmed carving collective Te Matatoki as its 2022/23 artists in residence.
The collective includes New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute graduates Fayne Robinson of Ngai Tahu, Lewis Gardner of Ngāti Pikiao and Ian-Wayne Grant of Ngāti Kahungungu and Te Rarawa.
The residency, which is funded by Creative New Zealand’s Toi Ake fund, will enable Te Matatoki to create four large pou for the front of the Māoriland Hub in Otaki.
Trustee Pat Hakaraia says they have been part of the Māoriland Film Festival each year since 2018 and have already carved three works in the hub.
The new project will use a totara log more than 200 years old found by regional council workers under the bed of the Otaki River.
The pou are expected to take 10 months to complete, in time for the 10th Māoriland Film Festival in March 2023.
This year’s festival starts on Wednesday.
In 2021 the first artists in residence were nationally recognised weavers Sonia Snowden and Pip Devonshire.