by Al Williams
A year’s work will be celebrated on Saturday when Te Wananga O Aotearoa students gather at the Te Aitarakihi Multicultural Centre in Timaru for the launch of an exhibition of their work.
About 20 people in South Canterbury took part in the 36-week kawai raupapa rauangi (certificate in Maori visual arts) level 4 programme this year.
It was the first time the programme had taken place in South Canterbury and it was co-ordinated out of Christchurch, tutors Vienna Stockford and Sue Tipene said.
There were plans to run the programme again next year and it was possible level 5 and 6 courses would be introduced.
Student Vicky King students had committed one night a week and one weekend a month to the course.
“‘Finding our Ara’ is an exhibition of work from Te Wananga O Aotearoa’s level 4 class,” Ms King said. “Classes were held in Timaru every week with tutors coming down from Christchurch. Weekends were attended once a month and were held in either Christchurch, Timaru or Twizel.”
Raranga was traditional weaving using harakeke, she said.
The exhibition is open between 1pm and 4pm at the Te Aitarakihi Multicultural Centre in Timaru on Saturday.