Te Hikoi o Ririkoko

Nga Hau e Wha WAINUI -A-ONO: Artist
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Wainui-A-Ono is a community group whose aim is to nurture the wellbeing of all people through the exercise of aroha (love), manaakitanga (care) and whanaungatanga (support). Members and friends created this panel under the guidance of Te Hemoata Henare. The frame was kindly gifted by Graham Shirley and the project was supported by Creative Communities, Nelson City.

The panel portrays the journey of Ririkoko of Tumatakokiri (Golden Bay) to return his daughter from Te Wairua (land of the souls) back to life. We used an ancient oriori (lament) describing Ririkoko's fabulous journey as the basis for the panel design.

The panel was first exhibited at The Suter in ‘Whaia rā te Toi Tangata: Seek the Arts of the People’ 2000, curated by Ian McDonald and later presented to The Suter in recognition of the gallery’s support and encouragement of Māori artists.
Pingao (from Patarau), kiekie (from Mangarakau), Kahotarai (from Whakatū), albatross feathers (from Moturoa), muka (flax fibre from Foxton) on Kakaho (from Whakatū)
Dimensions: 0 - Whole: 1075 x 1890mm
Dimensions: image: 740 x 1650mm
Dimensions: frame: 1075 x 1895mm
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Presented by Wainui-A-Ono, Nga Hau e Wha in 2000.
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