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Reweti Arapere and Erena Baker with their acrylic plywood and photographic exhibits.

Master's students show work at Maori art market


Golden waters, eels and kokopu by Elizabeth

Only in art and glass jars by Elizabeth Grant
(Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Huri)

Reweti Arapere’s acrylic and aerosol on
plywood piece Te Aio.
Massey students feature prominently at an exhibition this weekend that has been billed as the largest assembly of contemporary Maori art.

The Maori Art Market, which opened today at the Te Rauparaha Arena and Pataka Museum in Porirua, features displays, fashion shows, workshops and public forums addressing subjects from Maori in the music industry to the art of ta moko.

Six students from Massey’s Master of Maori Visual Art class, based at the Manawatu campus, are also exhibiting their work, including Reweti Arapere and Erena Baker, both aged 25.

The photography by Ms Baker (Ngati Toa Rangatira, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Raukawa) acknowledges rituals of commemoration and the importance of portraiture for Maori, while Mr Arapere (Ngati Porou, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Raukawa) says he uses acrylic plywood and aerosol paint to promote messages of hope through the power of Maori action like the hikoi marches “reminding Maori to walk the talk".

The arts market continues till 5pm on Sunday.

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