This is Us - Exhibition

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An art exhibition featuring the decorated hoe along with video of the stories shared by 'This is Us - he waka eke noa'  participants was held at The Incubator Gallery in September 2020.

 

The exhibition featured 28 hoe and video of participants talking about the inspiration behind their hoe design.

You can view the videos of participants below: 

Allessandra Tilby

“Our garden is New Zealand with many

different, beautiful flowers . . . we are so so different, but

we can grow together.”

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Bronz Cross

“I see our past as something to learn from, something to propel us forward,”

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Christopher Tafili-Reid

“We are all Pacific Islanders. If you live in Aotearoa, you live here, you call it home, you are a Pacific Islander in my view.”

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Eve Bell-Iyer

“There was no way they were going to put me off by saying we can’t have passage”

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Fiorella Silva

“I think we belong to the land more than the borders that we create.”

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Glenys Parton

“Whenever I’m away and see that koru on the airplane, it pulls me home . . . It pulls me to where I was born. My home.”

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Janice Lenihan

“Today there are a lot of ethnic groups here and we are really embracing each other.”

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Jera Stanley

“Everyone deserves freedom of speech and I hope to speak up and speak out for what I think is

right through my work.”

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Carolynn Tepou

“You’re a hand and you’re a heart and you’re a hope for humanity.”

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Karlene Raeburn

“Family means no one is left behind..”

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Karolina Bemova

“I tried to combine these two

cultures and make the best out of it. I don’t want these

cultures divided.”

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Kaye Hubner

“I call myself a composite kind of person - I have put this weaving on here as a representation of

that feeling of being put together by different elements.”

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Leiona Tupou

“Being included in culture - I would love to see that for Tauranga because it’s such a brilliant feeling.”

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Les Geraghty

“Faith, Hope and Love - which embodies

my general outlook on life.”

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Liam Banbury

“This was going to be me situated in my culture, not knowing it, trying to get involved, being intimidated by it - my head is situated so far away I need to be.”

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Joshua Tepou

“A big part of loving our neighbours is to be able to celebrate ‘distinctives’ of different people.”

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Marijke de Jong

“The hoe represents all of humanity right now paddling through rocky waters.”

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Lixin Chen

“Life can be complicated so I made my hoe very simple.”

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Nik Williams

“Life is about debate, it’s about people having different opinions and those opinions should be listened to and valued.

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Paora Howe

“What I’d like (for Tauranga) are waterways that are clean and land that is well used, that uphold the notion of clean green New Zealand.”

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Pauline Cowens

“It’s people meeting people and making plans together that create journeys and

opportunities.”

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Pushpinder kaur Waraich

“We need to move forward,

that way our shadows stay back, not in front of us.”

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Rolph Hediger

Childhood memories from South Africa and Vancouver.

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Sam Doran

“Acknowledge the lessons of the past and incorporate them into the future.”

Ulemj Glamuzina

“The green colour I have chosen represents heart charkra, it means love - so live in harmony with love.”

Varun Chauhan

“A journey of how we can use the past to inspire the future, as we move forward writing our own story and legacy.”

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Mimi Hung 

“Home is where the heart is!”