MOKU HQ

Creative New Zealand East End Tea Party by Ahilapalapa Rands


Working closely with Creative New Zealand’s International Team, In*ter*is*land Collective hosted *East End High Tea* for the artists, curators and government representatives connected to the curation of the exhibition Oceania at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

The afternoon tea, of was held at Raven Row on Sunday 23 September 2018 with many people in attendance, of particular importance the artists, who had come from Aotearoa including members of Mata Aho Collective - Bridget Reweti, Sarah Hudson, Terri Titau Fiona Pardington and Mark Adams, along with curator Peter Brunt and assistant Hanahiva Rose, Chair of Creative New Zealand Michael Moynahan and two kiwi’s from the Royal Academy team Hannah Murray (Assistant Exhibitions Manager) and Amy Macpherson (Deputy Head of Digital Content and Channels).

An informal and social event, despite the rain falling relentlessly from Ranginui onto Papatuanuku.  The menu was delicious and featured a range of stuffed local bagels, fresh scones with cream and jam and straight from the oven sausage rolls.  

Invitations were sent out in both English and Māori.  A big shout out to Jude Chambers for her support and trust in us creating this event together.

Word & Images: Jo Walsh

Translation: Ataraiti Waretini


LEI MAKING WORKSHOPS with Jacqui Brown by Ahilapalapa Rands

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LEI MAKING WORKSHOPS

with Jacqui Brown

ONGOING

A key part of building our island away from home has been caring for our space. This has included the naming, the tikanga we hold, and the activities we do inside of it. At the very beginning, over a series of evenings, MOKU was warmed up through the sharing of food and making sessions, under the tutelage of lei maker Jacqui Brown. Hawaiian ribbon lei use materials that are readily available in London, rather than fresh lei which rely on a natural abundance of materials harder to find in such an urbanised space. Our lei collection continues to grow and shrink as we make and share ribbon lei with our Pacific community and treasured guests.