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This year’s award taonga were made by Mata Oho, a group of second year Bachelor of Māori Visual Art students on behalf of Te Putahi-a-Toi and Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa (Māori Studies and Massey).
The kaupapa or brief was to contribute to the occasion by creating taonga that celebrate the writers achievements.
The students thought it would be appropriate to use a customary pattern to honour, not only the award recipients, but also their written subjects. The pattern they chose is a detail of "Puhoro", a pattern that is said to represent speed and agility when placed on the thighs of taua (warriors). It has also been referred to the process of net trawling for fish.
It was also chosen to represent the collective process and the students were encouraged to create something that was open in its interpretation.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016