Toihoukura

The focus of Toihoukura is to ensure the continuing development of art forms that are specifically Māori.  This is promoted through the development of, and participation in an arts ‘wānanga’ learning environment that encourages the personal and professional development of every student.

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Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts (Te Toi o Ngā Rangi) – Tairāwhiti

Taught by some of New Zealand’s premier Mâori artists, this three-year programme is designed to impart practical skills and inspire creativity.

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Kingi 2

Kingi Pitiroi, Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts (Te Toi o Ngā Rangi) – Tairāwhiti Student

Kingi Pitiroi, a graduate of both the Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Art Te Toi o Ngā Rangi: Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts and Studio Workshop Certificate programmes, recipient of the 2012 Ruānuku (top student) award.  The top student is one deemed to be the best across all areas of cultural and academic endeavor.

 

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Derek Lardelli

Professor/Ahorangi Derek Lardelli

I am a practising Tā Moko artist, painter, carver, kapahaka performer, composer, graphic designer, researcher of whakapapa and oral histories and kaikōrero. The focus of my work is first and foremost in my connection to home, to Tairāwhiti, the Marae and my role as an arts educator and mentor at Toihoukura.

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History 

Toihoukura (Toi – Arts, Hou – New, Kura – Place of Learning)

Toihoukura, the school of Māori Visual Arts, was established in 1990 by Ivan Ehau under Tairawhiti Polytechnic.

Derek Lardelli, a noted Tā Moko artist, printmaker and sculptor, joined the programme as a senior tutor in 1992.  Sadly, Ivan died that same year, and his position was filled by renowned kowhaiwhai artist, Sandy Adsett.  Painter, Steve Gibbs, was appointed in 1994.  Together this teaching team developed a dynamic foundation programme, followed by an Advanced Diploma and, in January 2007, a Bachelor in Māori Visual Arts was accredited and implemented.

While the department built its kaupapa from the strong arts traditions of Te Tairawhiti, the students throughout Toihoukura’s history have been an amalgamation of iwi from across the country.  Derek Lardelli and Steve Gibbs remained at the heart of the teaching team when in 2002 Sandy Adsett moved to Hastings to work within his own tribal area of Ngāti Kahungunu.

Christina (Tina) Hurihia Wirihana, the most recently appointed tutor, is a specialist in fibre and weaving, who has had an involvement with Toihoukura over many years.  Tina spent 17 years at Waiariki Polytechnic in the Visual Art and Design department.  Her last position was with the art faculty at Te Wānanga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane, which spanned a 7-year period. She provides a high calibre of tutoring across all programmes introducing, developing and assisting with appropriate fibre related practices including sustainability of natural materials.

Toihoukura provides a nurturing environment based on manaakitanga (care and protection), and whanaungatanga (family foundation) within which the students develop their individual artistic practice.

PHILOSOPHY

The focus of Toihoukura is to ensure the continuing development of Art forms that are specifically Māori.  This is promoted through the development of, and participation in an arts ‘wānanga’ learning environment that encourages the personal and professional development of every student.

The kaupapa of the programmes delivered within the department have been developed in direct response to the continuing need to strengthen Māori Art within a contemporary Māori context.

Cultural concepts and technical knowledge acquired through practical work and experience is analysed through wānanga learning.  Students are empowered to develop their own direction, vision and independence with regard to cultural expectations and conditions.

Ongoing exploration of traditional elements in Māori Art and Design ensures that students will develop a strong sense of imagery related to their own ancestral whakapapa (genealogy).

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