Kei te tuituia te tukutuku tino nui o te ao, ki te whakatinana i te whakairo Māori, ka tū pīata mai Puhi Kai Iti ki roto o Tūranganui a Kiwa. E ai ki te ringa toi a Nick Tupara, mā tēnei e taurite te whakaaturanga o ngā hītori, mai i te tirohanga Pākehā, Māori hoki.
He raranga tāngata, he raranga ahurea, he raranga kōrero tuku iho, anō hoki.
Hei tā Nick Tupara o Ngāti Oneone, “It comes out of a response from our nation, I guess, through our Tūranga Tairāwhiti community to say are we telling the history the way we'd like it to be told.”
Ko tā te tukutuku he here i ngā wāhanga o te whare, koia hoki te mahi ruruku i ngā waka i whakaterea ai e te Māori ki Aotearoa.
“You get to exchange with another person with a barrier between you and together you offer materials through that barrier and create something quite beautiful at the end”, says Nick Tupara.
He kairaranga a Adrienne Stewart o Te Aitanga a Hauiti, hei tāna, “You learn how to communicate without having to speak to each other, you learn to how weave tukutuku panels on a larger scale.”
E mahi ngātahi ana a Ngāti Oneone, a Te Papa Atawhai, Te Kaunihera o Te Tairāwhiti, rātau ko te kāhui Kura Kōhungahunga o Tūranganui a Kiwa, arā e whai ana kia tauirite ai ngā tāhuhu kōrero mō tēnei takiwā, ka mutu, kia tū ai te pā tukutuku nei hei taonga mā ngā mokopuna e rea ake ana.
“Hopefully something for my mokopuna to look at later on in the future knowing that their nanny has had an involvement in something really important for Tūranganui a Kiwa”, te kī a Stewart.
He kaimahi i Te Papa Atawhai a Jamie Quirk hei tāna, “It's a story that's overdue in telling, and it'll be items like this wall that will encourage people to go down there, look at the site, enjoy the site, and understand what's happened over there over a long long period of time.”
Ko tā Nick Tupara, “There has never been a reference to our iwi, our local Māori people and this is our opportunity to bring some balance into our storytelling and to the way we pass on our history to others.”
Atu i ngā moka puta noa i te Tairāwhiti, i te motu whānui anō hoki, e tuituia nei ngā kairaranga e tēnei hanga whakahirahira.
“From Ngāti Tāmanuhiri all the way up the coast and when you do that you always get a few extras, you get ones from Tainui, Whakatōhea, Whānau a Apanui, everyone who wants to come and share in a unique experience even Ngāti Tauiwi, Pākehā weavers as well.”
Hei kairaranga a Jo-Vanna Ropiha nō Te Aitanga a Māhaki nō Ngapuhi anō hoki, hei tāna, “It's amazing to be able to be part of the mahi that we do here in Tairāwhiti, absolutely amazing.”
Ka tū te hanga nei ki Puhi Kai Iti, te wāhi i tau ai a Māia i tana waka Te Ikaroa-a-Rauru, i ngā rau tau ki muri.
“To bind a sharing of stories, history, heritage, to bring together our shared differences, but also at the end of the day to create a space that's safe for us to have these discussions on our history and how we can use those to benefit our people”, te kī a Tupara.
Ko te whakapae ia ka tū ngā tukutuku hei ngā wiki e heke mai nei.