On Saturday, 6th July 2019, the community of Aotea, Great Barrier Island are marching in protest of Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision to grant Coastal Resources Ltd (CRL) permission to increase the amount of sediment it dumps from 50,000 cubic metres to 250,000 cubic metres annually for 35 years, just 25km off the east coast of Aotea, Great Barrier Island
A rahui tapu has officially been in place at Rangitapu (the Headland) and Te Wai O Taniwha (Mermaid Pools) at Matapouri for a week now.
Our hapū and kaitiaki of this rohe, Te Whānau ā Rangiwhakaahu have applied this rahui tapū (cultural closure) to restore the mauri (wellbeing) of these areas.
Please be considerate and adhere to this cultural closure by staying off the headland we know as Rangtitapu.
Te Pou Rahui Rangitapu
Te Whānau a Rangiwhakaahu hapū
Ngatiwai ki Matapouri.
With a mission of protecting and maintaining the beauty that is Matapouri, Kapa Kaitiaki is a community based initiative consisting of Tangata Whenua and members of the local community who are working to encourage awareness and respect of culturally significant sites in Matapouri.
On the 5th January 2019 I made the journey from Aotearoa – New Zealand to Ajo, Arizona in the United States of America to commence a two week Arts Residency at Sonoran Desert Inn Conference Center. I am humbled to be the first artist selected from Aotearoa - New Zealand as one of the final six out of 60 applicants to be part of this arts residency. The experience gave me a space to weave in total tranquility and the opportunity to engage with other indigenous artists and my own art in a community oriented environment.
Stage one of the Whakapaumahara Marae rebuild in Whananaki has begun. Stage one will see the building of a new Whareiti (toilet) and ablution block, new septic drainage system and new water treatment system.