EXHIBITION AUCKLAND – TOIHOUKURA School of Maori Visual Art and Design Gisborne

Opens Kura Auckland – 5.30pm Friday 7th December 2012


On 1 January 2011, Tairāwhiti Polytechnic officially merged with EIT Taradale becoming the off-site campus now known as EIT Tairāwhiti. On the new organisational structure, Toihoukura sits under the School of Māori Studies – Te Manga Māori, it continues to enjoy a high level of autonomy, creative license, and close links to hapÅ«, iwi and wider Māori community groups.


Toihoukura Philosophy Statement

Tēnei ngā poumatua

Te kāhui pou o tai whakarongo wānanga

Te pou ka toko, te pou ka hiki, te pou ka eke.

Tō ake nei mātau I te tatau

O te whare o Te Toi-o-ngā-rangi

Te tatau o te umu tīramarama

Te umu tipu te whaihanga.

Whakatiria te hī o Rua kia hihiri

Whakapoua te hā o Rua kia rarama.

Tohungia te hau o Rongo-tangi-te-wiwini

Rukuhia te wai o Rongo-tangi-te-wawana

Kia mā ngā pukenga, kia mā ngā wānanga

Kia mā hoki mātau ēnei pia, ēnei tauira

He toirangi, he toimatua, he toi tangata ki ahau e!

Ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama

Whano, whana haramai te toki!

Haumi e, hui e, taiki e!

Nā Derek Lardelli

Used to inspire, awaken the mind and quicken the thought processes no matter the subject being discussed.  The reference to those who have passed on, and the processes and protocols they have left behind to guide in everyday life is acknowledged so that understanding and enlightenment are achieved.  This finds its foundation in the story of how the three baskets of knowledge were acquired by Tane from the Twelfth Heaven and the sacred gods – the knowledge to be shared amongst mankind.  It is this thread that connects us with the power of higher learning and the pursuit of knowledge –  so that we may find the world of light, and the world of living.  It is a growing art, a veritable art, a living art!

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