Tuku Iho | Living Legacy is an exhibition and cultural engagement and events programme developed and delivered by the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (‘NZMACI’) based in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The exhibition comprises more than 60 Māori artworks from Aotearoa, New Zealand and brings together examples of carving and weaving, including high status and chiefly items as well as musical instruments. The works are from NZMACI’s collection, and have been made available by tutors and students of the Institute over the past 40 years.
The exhibition has exhibited in China, Malaysia, Chile and Argentina.
Tuku Iho | Living Legacy brings the most exquisite of our tāonga Māori, our Māori treasures to life in order to exemplify the links between present, past and future, between people who lived long ago, those alive today, and those yet to be born.
These objects reflect who we are as a people today.
This is the living legacy that is Tuku Iho.
Programme and Events include:
Tuku Iho | Living Legacy Exhibition
An exhibition of Māori art including stone, bone, and wood carving, weaving, and bronze works.
Live Art Exchanges
A series of in-situ arts projects that seek to engage the local communities in dialogue on the importance of identity and the arts in modern society. This includes large wood carving, live moko (Māori tattoo) and Māori performing arts and weaponry displays. This can also include other artists or communities.
Lectures and Panel Discussions
On topical issues including indigenous development and the arts, and the role of culture and identity (not just indigenous) in a nation’s wellbeing.
Tailored programmes and resources to reach a range of age groups and learning styles.
To engage the commercial and political sectors, including performances by our kapa haka (performing arts team) and contemporary musicians.
Tuku Iho also adds strength, dimension and authenticity to the associated tourism offer – not just at Te Puia, but for Rotorua and New Zealand. The benefits of the exhibition extend well beyond cultural engagement, enabling strengthened political relationships between New Zealand and the host countries, the forging of education partnerships and international trade opportunities
Te Puia | New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute have worked with the following partners to bring this exhibition to the world and they include:
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Tourism New Zealand
Education New Zealand
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