International Tuku Iho exhibition opens in Rotorua
An exhibition of tāonga Māori, which has already captured the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world, is being showcased in Aotearoa for the first time at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI), at Te Puia in Rotorua.
The Tuku Iho l Living Legacy exhibition has toured Asia, South America and North America over the past five years, attracting critical acclaim and thousands of visitors at every stop.
Installed until November, manuhiri (visitors) will be able to experience Tuku Iho in its place of origin before it travels to Japan ahead of the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
Te Puia general manager sales and marketing, Kiri Atkinson-Crean says after hugely successful exhibitions overseas, it is important and appropriate for Tuku Iho to come “home” and give New Zealanders and manuhiri alike the opportunity to view it in person.
“While its international showcase has opened the hearts and minds of millions around the world, its debut in Rotorua is an important milestone which helps ensure it remains connected to its place of origin.”
Developed and delivered by NZMACI, Tuko Iho features significant works of art using wood, bone, stone and flax mediums, all handcrafted by students and tutors from the schools.
Visitors to Te Puia | NZMACI will be able to view Tuku Iho as part of their ticketed entry to the site, while Rotorua locals can visit Te Puia free of charge by applying for a free Whānau Card available from Te Puia’s website.
What: Tuku Iho l Living Legacy Māori culture exhibition
When: June 14 to November 9, 2018
Where: New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia, Rotorua
Cost: Visitors to Te Puia | NZMACI will be able to view Tuku Iho as part of their ticketed entry to the site, while Rotorua locals can visit Te Puia free of charge by applying for a free Whānau Card.