Te Paepae (meeting place hosted by Māori; New Zealand’s indigenous people) is an intrinsic part of WOMAD in Taranaki. Te Paepae promotes the uniqueness of Aotearoa by hosting an integrated hub of activity and amidst a backdrop of cross-cultural awareness and tolerance. Te Paepae is a place for artists and WOMAD patrons to engage and interact with artists through music, dance, cultural artistry workshops and conversations.
Since 2003 WOMAD NZ has been committed to promoting the uniqueness of Aotearoa to an international audience, as a result of the desire Paepae was born and still remains as a strong point of identity for WOMAD NZ.
Traditional arts Raranga (weaving), Tā Moko (tattoo), Kapa Haka (Māori performing arts) and contemporary visual art workshops will be presented by highly regarded artists Rangi Kipa, Ngahina Hohaia, Gabrielle Belz and Hemi Sundgren. They will be joined by New Zealand’s senior Māori cultural kapa haka and reigning Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015 champions, Te Whanau-ā-Apanui. There’s also opportunity to get involved in a workshop, learn how to do the haka, swing the poi, printmaking, manu aute (kite making) or watch these artists in action.
The international artist workshops on the Paepae stage are an opportunity to interact with the artists, learn about their traditional instruments and take dance lessons. Get that booty shaking!
“Te Paepae acts as a place of welcome to artists and WOMAD patrons; a place to come and experience the culture, and to meet some of the local people” says WOMAD cultural advisor Wharehoka Wano. There are plenty of opportunities for Māori culture and artistry to be experienced at Te Paepae via the interactive activities, music and dance workshops and visit the Haukai Cuisine tasting and sales area. Not to mention the hangi food stall is there too.
Traditional arts will be presented alongside contemporary arts including Raranga (weaving), Tā Moko (tattoo), and Kapa Haka (Māori performing arts).
Rangi is an artist whose sculpture, carvings and tā moko are at the forefront of contemporary Māori art that challenges boundaries, creates dialogue, traverses the art/object divide and confronts the modern world that we live in as Māori and non-Māori.
Hemi’s work is underpinned by a strong cultural base, tribal narrative and oral histories which are invaluable sources of inspiration for many of his works. He is classically trained with his work rooted in customary and classical forms of expression.
For Māori, weaving is also a powerful symbol that evokes tribal memories of the ancestors and the arts they brought with them to Aotearoa, which the ancestors passed down. Weaving is a living art and symbol that has survived with us, our language and culture, and it also moves with us.
HAUKAI CUISINE TASTINGS
Haukai Cuisine cluster is made up of Māori food and beverage producers from throughout Aotearoa-New Zealand. The cluster has a wide range of products some of which include; seafood, Manuka honey, dairy products, health foods and beverages.
PRINT MAKING w/ Gabrielle Belz
Try your hand at making a small print that you can take away with you using pre-cut lino cuts, come along over the weekend and create painterly, relief, paisley prints. Gabrielle Belz is a fulltime painter and print maker and has been making prints using low tech methods for many years. Her imagery talks about people, identity, the land, our history and influenced by her immediate environment. She has exhibited in New Zealand and other parts of the world and recently returned to live in South Taranaki.
TAONGA PUORO (Māori instruments) w/ Ngahina Hohaia
Ngahina has firm roots in Taranaki. Her strong family background with her Māori and Greek heritage has informed her work in traditional weaving, carving, painting and jewellery. Ngahina's work has been exhibited throughout New Zealand and overseas. Her first solo exhibition - Roimata Toroa - was in 2007 at the Govett- Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, with this work now forming an important part of the gallery's collection. Join Ngahina for Taonga Puoro (Māori instruments) workshops to make, paint and decorate your own, including purerehua (wind instrument) and koauau (flute).