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11am | Nikau Hindin–Artist talk

Join us for the opening weekend of Nikau Hindin’s major solo exhibition, Kōkōrangi ki Kōkōwai, to hear Nikau talk about her mahi.

Kōkōrangi ki Kōkōwai is Nikau’s journey in understanding Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), through the revival of traditional aute practices. Using aute plants she harvests in Hawai’i, Hindin strips, beats and soaks the fibres into a cloth-like material, and inscribes it with patterns derived from tukutuku and tāniko, using kōkōwai (red ochre pigment) and ngārahu (charcoal pigment).

Speaking about her work, Nikau says, “Kōkōrangi ki Kōkōwai is about bringing celestial bodies into the physical, documenting the movement of the moon and stars to find direction”

12pm - 2pm | Maramataka & Star Compass workshop with Raihania Tipoki & Hinerapa Rupuha

Mark the winter solstice by joining two waka voyagers as they share their knowledge of indigenous tools for navigating time and space.

Nikau Hindin is joined by apprentice navigator Hinerapa Rupuha (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Whānau a Apanui) and indigeonous activist and voyager Raihania Tipoki (Ngati Kahungunu, Rangitāne) in a workshop exploring the relationship between the star compass, used for celestial navigation, and the Maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar).

Try your hand at constructing and reading the star compass, a framework for finding direction using the stars, ocean swells and currents. Learn from Raihania of Te Rua o Mahara Trust about how this compass is representative of knowledge and tikanga of local Maramataka.

Nikau says “I hope people reconnect with the importance of slowing down and noticing things in their environment,” she says. “To wake up to the sunrise or seek out the sun setting, to watch the stars rising and see the position of stars change over time.” “It’s just a starting point for learning this native language of Aotearoa. Our ancestors were incredible scientists - they knew the whenua - we need to get back to that if we want to survive this climate emergency.”

Nikau Hindin: Kōkōrangi ki Kōkōwai opens at The Dowse on Saturday 20 June, and is on until 4 October 2020.

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  • Free


  • Sat 20 Jun


  • 11:00 am


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand