Urupounamu Episode Five - What defines Māori Art?

From Te Ahi Kaa, 6:06 pm on 25 October 2020
Urupounamu hosts Ngairo Eruera, Justine Murray and Te Kehukehu Patara.

Urupounamu hosts Ngairo Eruera, Justine Murray and Te Kehukehu Patara. Photo: RNZ/Justine Murray

What makes Māori art authentic? Is there a set of criteria that determines what is and is not Māori art?

Hosts Justine Murray and Ngairo Eruera lay their whakaaro on the table and welcome the thoughts of singer songwriter Ria Hall and Spoken Word Artist Te Kahu Rolleston.

Ngairo Eruera, Te Kahu Rolleston and Ria Hall.

Ngairo Eruera, Te Kahu Rolleston and Ria Hall. Photo: RNZ/Justine Murray

Ria acknowledges the many contributions that Pākeha have made to the musical arts, for example the work of Dr Richard Nunns and the revitilisation of tāonga pūoro. Māori language kaiako Ngairo Eruera talks about his mentor and teacher the late Te Murumāra (Dr John C Moorfield) who created the Te Whanake Māori language books and resources for language learning at different levels.

This episode of Urupounamu includes discussion around the appropriation of Māori art, taa moko and kirituhi.

Urupounamu is a kōrero session on kaupapa effecting Māori and focused on the tangata whenua experience in this forever changing modern world.  RNZ Producer Justine Murray, Māori Language Kaiako, Ngairo Eruera, and Moana Radio host Te Kehukehu Patara lay their whakaaro on the tēpu, challenge each other and themselves.   Urupounamu will feature as a regular series on Te Ahi Kaa, it is recorded in the studio at  Moana Radio station in Tauranga and is available as a podcast.


Te Kehukehu Patara

Te Kehukehu Patara Photo: RNZ/Justine Murray

Te Kehukehu Patara (Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) is a host of the daily te reo Māori show Te Pae Moana on Moana Radio, a former crane operator at the Tauranga port for many years, he is a native speaker and has travelled the world with his superstar surfer grandson Kehu Butler. He enjoys spending time with his whanau, and still loves to surf.

Ngairo Eruera

Ngairo Eruera Photo: RNZ/Justine Murray

Ngairo Eruera (Ngāti Ranginui, Tuhoe, Ngāti Awa) is a Māori language kaiako and consultant at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, he is a member of the Waikato based kapahaka group Te Iti Kahurangi and after spending 20+ years in the Waikato moved back home to live with his whānau in Katikati. He enjoys working around home and in the māra, researching tribal and local history and working within communities to enhance communal knowledge.


Justine Murray

Justine Murray Photo: RNZ/Justine Murray

Justine Murray (Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) is the producer and presenter of Te Ahi Kaa the weekly kaupapa Māori programme at RNZ.  Justine began her career in Iwi radio as a Journalist, announcer, copywriter and programme director, she is a writer, poet and is in her third year of studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Te Awanuiārangi in Whakatane. Justine enjoys spending time with whanau.