Ngā tāne whakairo rino

Jessica Tyson

Ko te hangarau hōu kei te whakarerekē i te āhua o ngā mahi a ngā ringatoi Māori, matua rā ki Tūranga, he wāhi e tino kitea nei te hanganga o ngā mahi toi ki te rino, kaua ki te rākau. 

Ko Joel Akroyd o Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata tētahi o ngā pia o Universal Engineering kua mahi i ēnei mahi.

“It’s pretty cool to actually learn the Māori history, stuff that I didn’t know myself. So it’s quite interesting to learn and quite proud to be a part of it.”

Hanganga o Te Maro / Pūtake: Universal Engineering.

I te tau ki muri nei, nā rātou i āwhina te hanganga o ētahi whakairo a ētahi ringatoi Māori rongonui, a Derek Lardelli, a Mark Kopua, a Nick Tupara hoki.

Hei tā Tupara, i pārekareka ki a ia te whakamahi i te hangarau hōu me te āwhina a ngā kaipūkaha. 

“We had an opportunity to go in and share with them the stories behind the works that they were making and you could tell during that time that they were also developing a passion for the art and I think that’s reflected in the quality of the finish work that they put it.”

Ko tētahi o ngā mahinga hōu a Tupara, he mahinga mō tōna tipuna, mō Te Maro i pūhia kia mate e Kāpene Kuki i tana ūnga mai ki Aotearoa. 

10m te teitei o te tohu whakamaharatanga ki Ruatanuika, i huraina i roto i ngā whakamaharatanga a Tuia 250 i te Oketopa.

Ko Phill Mathews te rangatira takirua o Universal Engineering. Hei tāna, “A lot of us are born and bred in Gisborne. We actually haven’t understood the full significance behind some of the stories and some of the history. “

“We all know about Captain Cook and since then we've learned about Te Maro and the tracks, and the path that he took, and so the guys are really starting to embrace some of those stories.”

Ka nui hoki te whakamihi a te pia nei a RJ ki te āwhina i te hanganga o Te Maro.

“I was blown away because I had the chance to do that. It was awesome.”

Hanganga o te Pourewa i whakahoahoatia e Mark Kopua. / Pūtake: Universal Engineering.

Hei tā Tupara, ko te whakamahi i te rino kaua ko te rākau, arā ngā painga.

“The other trick with wood is that it needs maintenance as well so we'd have to be reinvesting in the site all the time and at least with the corten (weathering) steel, once it settles, it kind of looks after itself.”

“I'd like to hope that we've stayed to our kaupapa and used our art form in a modern context with modern material.

“To be as expressive as our ancestors have been at our marae and that we’ve extended our marae kōrero at least outdoors, back into the rest of our community.”

Hanganga o Puhi Kai Iti i whakahoahoatia e Nick Tupara. / Pūtake: Universal Engineering.