Te Atarati Waretini

Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

Nō Tūhourangi Ngāti-Wāhiao, Tainui rātou ko Te Rarawa te kairaranga a Te Ataraiti Waretini. I tipu ake ai ia i ngā rekereke o ōna tipuna. Nā rātou ia i ako i te kaha o Ngai Wāhine me tōna Māoritanga. Ko Maru Creations te ingoa o te pakihi raranga o Te Ataraiti Waretini. Kua tutuki pai ētahi o ngā mahi hohonu i a Te Ataraiti. Kua mahi ki tētahi whakaaturanga mō Tourism New Zealand ki Rānana. Kua tākoha ētahi taonga ki ngā kaiwaiata rongonui a Cardi B, Lauryn Hill rātou ko Nelly anō hoki. Ko tōna whainga, ko te whāngai atu i te ātaahua o te ahurea Māori ki a Ngai Tāngata i ngā pito katoa o te ao.

Te Ataraiti Waretini is a traditional Māori weaver hailing from Tūhourangi Ngāti-Wāhiao, Tainui and Te Rarawa tribes. Raised by her many grandparents, she is an advocate for mana wāhine and Māori culture. Te Ataraiti has her own weaving business called Maru Creations where she creates meaningful taonga. She has had an exhibition in London with Tourism New Zealand and has woven and gifted taonga to high profile American musicians like Cardi B, Lauryn Hill and Nelly. Te Ataraiti hopes to share the beauty of Māori culture in a meaningful way to others internationally.

For more information on Te Ataraiti Waretini please visit: https://www.facebook.com/maru.creations/?ref=py_c

Pāuaua, textiles, dimensions variable, 2019 Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

Pāuaua, textiles, dimensions variable, 2019 Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London Pāuaua, textiles, dimensions variable, 2019 The persistence and determination of a Māori woman has an effect on all those around her. When a mana wāhine strives for greatness it’s not only for herself but for those around her. This taonga reflects the nurturing mother and her descendants who carry on her strong Māori values.

PERFORMANCE Oceania: TANGATA MOANA, July 2019 Musee du Quai Branley, Paris.

E noho nei au (by Che Wilson 2006), Performance, 2019 This moteatea is a chant written in ancient waiata form specifically for the Maori taonga currently displayed in the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum, London. The words of ‘E noho nei au’ were displayed as part of the British Museum exhibition ‘Power and Taboo:  Sacred objects from the eastern Pacific’ in 2006. ‘E noho nei au’ translates to ‘Waiting for Warmth. 

hONgi, (written by Jo Walsh 2013) Performance 2019 This audience participative performance was originally written for SaVAge SEAnce: An Invitation to Activate Your Ancestry for Hostings12: Ghost-dance II in 2013. hONgi was re-activated for QAGOMA’s APT8 in Brisbane and will take on another form in collaboration with Peta Maria Tunanui & TANGATA MOANA.