Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Designing Pou

Who are the ancestors of Whetūkairangi Pā?  How can we represent them?

We have been looking for inspiration to the stories surrounding us.  Nga Atua Māori, Tane Mahuta. Tangaroa, Tūmatauenga and then those who are partly mythical like Kupe the great navigator and explorer.

Traditionally the Wharenui would be adorned with carvings all around the walls, the Poupou, each representing an important figure to the Iwi.  For our designs we are looking to the carvings of old but also to the new representations like Arnold Manaaki Wilson's work, seen here below.

Here are some of the drawings we are making of Tane and Tūmatauenga.

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