Raranga Taura Here Community Arts Project "Star Waka"

Date: 19th - 20th October 2019, 10am to 4pm 
Venue: Whakau Reserve (Taylor's Mistake), Whitianga 

12 Coromandel Weavers - Ngā Turuturu o te Tara present Raranga Taura Here - Star Waka, a contemporary raranga exhibition, demonstration and wānanga; on opportunity to weave your 
own star to add to the symbolic waka and starstudded universe led by Dr Maureen Lander. 

The community will be invited to take part by making stars from bracken, harakeke, ice cream sticks and wool. These will be suspended in the marquee, the community will also have the 
opportunity to attach bundles of feathers to the frame of the waka. Following the poetry reading, the community will be invited to come and receive stars. The notion being you give away the first thing you make and receives someone else as a gift to take home. 

This project acknowledges past, present and future voyaging to and from Aotearoa in all directions, with the stars reflecting navigation 
patterns over time and space. Together the waka and the stars symbolise the universe and the binding together of ira atua (the realm of the gods) and ira tangata (the realm of humans). Star 
Waka is the name of a book of poems by Māori poet Robert Sullivan, who will perform poetry on both Saturday and Sunday. Chris Charteris will design a waka structure for the weaving to be 
attached to. 

Ngā Turuturu o te Tara also warmly invite weavers to join their collective.

He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu,
Te hau ka rere, te ha ka tau

A meeting of peoples, a mixing of cultures,
a blending of heritage, a sharing of future