NZMACI Initiatives

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Te Kākano

In 2010, NZMACI carvers completed a 10 metre waka whakamaumahara (canoe cenotaph) with a two metre waharoa (gateway). The purpose is for it to act as a cultural portal and connection between the people of New Zealand and the people of China.

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Māori Tū

A major initiative led by NZMACI with iwi Māori (Māori tribes) to develop two whatarangi (elevated storehouses); one in wood and the other, a cast replica in bronze.

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Tuku Iho

Tuku Iho | Living Legacy is an exhibition of taonga Māori (Māori artworks) developed by past and present tutors and students of NZMACI

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Te Mahau

In late 2012 and early 2013, NZMACI carvers created a 30 metre mahau (stage front) for Te Matatini 2013 – a biennial national kapa haka (Māori performing arts) festival. Now symbolic of Te Matatini, it will also be used at other high profile New Zealand events.

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Waka Tapu

On 17 August 2012, two traditional double-hulled Māori sailing canoes departed Auckland and sailed 10,000 nautical miles (return) to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) closing the final corner of the Polynesian Triangle in modern times.

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Pou Maumahara

Students and tutors of NZMACI have worked on a 17 tonne memorial carving to commemorate Iwi Māori and their involvement in World War I and other pakanga (battles) as part of the the centenary of the beginning of World War I. More details about this kaupapa (project) will be revealed in the near future.