Title: Pāua Nui

Artist: Hinauri Mead

Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa

Materials: Metal wire, Pāua, recycled drink bottles embellished with fairy lights to give light to space

Description: Known as a ‘pākē’ or ‘kahu’

This contemporary garment is a decorative sculpture. The use of reusable and recycled materials is responsive to the impact of climate change in our waterways.

The use of Pāua, Abalone, is symbolic at this time of Matariki. Waitā and Waipunarangi, two of Matariki’s daughters, spend one month embellishing their tupuna kuia, Papatūānuku, before rising in the East and traveling the skies once again.

Waitā is the star connected to the many kinds of food Māori gather from Tangaroa and Hinemoana, the sea. Waipunarangi is connected to rain. Waipunarangi accompanies her grandmother to the waters – the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and creeks where she prepares the children of Tangaroa, god of the sea, to feed the people.

This artwork speaks volumes to the unsustainability of single use plastic and the pollution that ensues for our awa, moana and all of the living creatures within.

Dimensions: 400 X 390 X 400 mm


Hinauri Mead

Hinauri is from Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Awa. She is a weaver of garments based on traditional Māori clothing styles and form, specialising in whatu and tāniko. She has always been creative, at a very young age she had the desire to learn to weave but was too shy to ask anyone to teach her. Hinauri worked on a number of projects at primary, secondary and tertiary levels dabbling with weaving but nothing created on her own without guidance. She was later fortunate enough to share a time in her life closely connected to the Hetet whānau in Waiwhetu. Being around creativity and exposed to weaving clarified her desire to learn to weave even more. Through several opportunities her journey under the tutelage of Veranoa and guidance from Erenora, her journey as a weaver began. Learning: Hinauri has had a number of ‘one off’ teachers who showed her different techniques in the lead up to taking weaving on as more than a hobby. Four people were at the core of her learning experience. Erenora Puketapu-Hetet is her inspiration and ‘the one’ who believed in her, giving her strength and confidence to be a weaver. Her daughter Veranoa Hetet-Hauwaho also inspires Hinauri, her teacher and on-going mentor. Her mother did tāniko as a hobby in her earlier days and finally her father who has contributed volumes to the written body of knowledge of Māori Arts. Artist Statement: Hinauri loves style and colour which is her signature utilising traditional techniques with varying colour palettes. The widening of her net to other materials is an exploration of her creative abilities which grows her confidence and technical know-how. Tāniko purses and jewellery are feature works as well as creating forms based on weaving techniques with metal, pāua and plastic. She has started a range of forms crafted out of resene.


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