Whakamahana i te marae- Warming the marae


Whakamahana i te marae- Warming the marae

Opening: June 15 5:30 pm

Viewing: June 15 until June 25

An exhibition of finished arapaki panels destined to adorn Te Puawaitanga (Wharenui at Te Ao Hou marae) completed by four generations of Whanganui weavers, carvers & artists.

This exhibition is part of Space Studio & Gallery’s Puanga celebrations scheduled alongside our new nationwide wide public holiday honoring Matariki Day on Friday June 24th.

Arapaki are decorative wall pieces that adorn many marae, churches and buildings throughout Aotearoa (NZ). Although very little is known about the origins they had become popular by the late 1800’s and throughout the 1900’s.

The patterns used for Te Ao Hou Marae are all based on traditional designs that reflect nature, our kai, the environment and our stories. We have chosen twelve patterns with a mirror image facing each other.

We have completed a total of 24 arapaki done by weavers and artists and their whānau from Whanganui and the wider region.

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View all the arapaki panels and descriptions here: