Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Encouraging the Next Generation

Murihiku Marae,Invercargill 2008 Ajr
Murihiku Marae sits on a rise on the outskirts of Invercargill city, overlooking a spread of yellow-green fields. It's a large complex complete with kitchens, meeting house (wharenui), offices, social rooms and, next door, the kohanga reo (maori language pre-school). Like most marae it is rich in carving (whakaairo). And in an inspired move, drawings from the tiny tots of the kohanga reo decorate the marae interior with almost as much importance as the wooden equivalents carved by master carvers. It's a lovely juxtaposition and it's good to know the next generation of Maori artists are being encouraged.

1 comment:

  1. murihiku marae is a special place for me because when i was little about 2 or 3 i went to kohanga reo and around the corner there was the murihiku marae and me and my family use to sleep there and for kapahaka


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