Inside Aotearoa’s Māori art school powerhouse
This richly illustrated publication examines the last 25 years of the influential Toioho ki Āpiti programme at Massey University, its global indigenous pedagogical reach, and its ongoing impacts on national and international contemporary art and cultural sectors. Toioho ki Āpiti’s transformative and kaupapa Māori-led programme and its pedagogical model is structured around Māori notions of Mana Whakapapa (inheritance rights), Mana Tiriti (treaty rights), Mana Whenua (land rights) and Mana Tangata (human rights) and is unique in Aotearoa.
Its staff and graduates, who include Bob Jahnke, Shane Cotton, Brett Graham, Rachael Rakena, Kura Te Waru-Rewiri, Israel Birch and Ngatai Taepa, are some of the most exciting, powerful and influential figures in contemporary art in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through a series of intimate conversations, Ki Mua, Ki Muri describes the unique environment that has helped form them. Professor Ngāhuia Te Awekōtuku and Nigel Borell write the forewords.
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Cassandra Barnett is an author and artist of Raukawa, Ngāti Huri and Pākehā descent who writes poetry, essays and short fiction about cultural and ecological futures.
Kura Te Waru-Rewiri (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Kauwhata) studied fine art at Ilam School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury and has taught art in schools, tertiary institutions, universities and whare wānanga.