Whatumanawa – Weaving Hearts Exhibition


An offering of Traditonal Art and Craft, Harakeke (Phormium Tenax) Bone, Wood, Canvas, Body Adornment, Hue (Gourd art) Taniko (Traditional form of Twined Weaving) Tukutuku (Decorative wall panels) Kakahu (garments)

Whatumanawa was started by a small group of likeminded artistic women who had immigrated to Australia from Aotearoa New Zealand. As they met together in each others homes, word got out about the small group and soon other women who also enjoyed traditional and contemporary arts expressed the desire to come, share and learn. It was around this time they made a decision to offer workshops to the community and thought to give the group a name. It was an exciting process with lots of suggestions and ideas and they settled on the name Whatumanawa.

Whatu – A weaving technique of joining/binding/weaving to create a strong supportive structure
– Eye….’ The apple of ones eye’
Manawa – Heart/emotion/mind/spirit/ the seat of affection

One explanation upon joining these words together:
Out of the Whatumanawa -the deepseat of our emotions we are enabled to create beauty from a place of passion, love, truth, divinity, respect, integrity
In this environment the group dynamic has evolved into close friendships and we come together bringing our whanau (family) along with us to share not only our artistic pursuits and practical skills but to also support each other while we journey in life.

Whatumanawa is a group of Artists that are passionate about creating beautiful artworks and preserving traditional practices pertaining to Maori Traditional and Contemporary Art. This is open to all people (Maori and non-Maori) where we meet together and share practical skills and techniques as well as enjoying the company of other like minded artistic creatives who have come to call Australia home. Artists exhibiting include Julia Rata-Te Raki (Ngati Raerae, Ngati Maniapoto, Kai Tahu); Leona Morete (Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti); Makareta Kumeroa-Leathart (Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ati Haua o Paparangi, Ngati Maniapoto); Hiria Dewes (Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu, Nga Puhi, Whanau a Apanui); Isaac Te Awa (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, and Nga Puhi); Shelley Emia Sonic Weaver (Ngati Kahungunu, Nga Puhi); Paula Catherine (Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Wai); Reremoana Mason (Ngati Awa, Ngai Tai, Te Whanau Apanui, Nga Maihi Tuteau Te Teko); Te Kiei Ahi Wells Kiwi Kiwi (Ngati Wai, Ngapuhi-Nui-Tonu, Kahungunu, Nga Paerangi, Ngai Tahu, Te Aupouri); Tania Hapai Heta (Ngati Raukawa, Nga Puhi, Hauraki ); Hapai Rangitamoe Heta( Ngati Raukawa, Ngai Te Rangi, Nga Puhi); Mihimai Nikora (Ngati Maniapoto Te Whanau Ruataupare); Chey Bartlett (Ngati Maniapoto); Nina Maika (Te Arawa) Amelia J Tahere-Angus (Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa Ngapuhi); Chermene Pereniko (Ngati Paoa/Nga Puhi) Jackie Hawkins (Ngati kahungunu Hapu/Ngati Pahauwera Ngati Kere)

Cindy Wood‘s pieces ‘Drift’ include woven art works inspired by an island getaway. The vibrant colours represent the crystal clear water and colourful corals of the reef and island plant materials. Fibres used include pandanus, banana, monsteria, infloresence and cane. Driftwood foraged provides support, flow and stability that float ashore and join together to tell of their journey through the waves onto the shore. Sun bleached and at peace in the sands of island time.

Dunghutti – Githabul artist Leeton Lee has work that consists of acrylic on canvas, stone tools, timber artefacts and pyrography. Leetons works are carefully crafted by hand and uses natural materials and traditional methods and documenting the process to preserve culture.

Please join us on Sunday the 5th of November in celebration of opening the exhibition ‘Whatumanawa – Weaving Hearts’ 12pm. Beginning respectfully with a ‘Welcome to Country’ from the traditional owners of the land. Following on from the welcoming ceremony will be a time for participants to share cultural & non cultural items including Didgeridoo, Karanga (traditional calls supporting the event) waiata (songs) & ceremonial crystal bowls.