This is Us Project - Pop up Exhibition - The Re-makers space
The Re Makers space - Our Place Tauranga 5th December - 20th December 2020
This pop up exhibition will continue the celebration of the wonderful 'This is us "Hoe displayed in the Re Makers space with a focus on gathering stories from the people through an interactive opportunities and sharing the video presentation of the participants.
This is Us - Exhibition- The Incubator Gallery
An art exhibition featuring the decorated hoe along with video of the stories shared by 'This is Us - he waka eke noa' participants.
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:
“Our garden is New Zealand with many
different, beautiful flowers . . . we are so so different, but
we can grow together.”
“I see our past as something to learn from, something to propel us forward,”
“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.”
“There was no way they were going to put me off by saying we can’t have passage”
“I think we belong to the land more than the borders that we create.”
“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.”
“Today there are a lot of ethnic groups here and we are really embracing each other.”
“Everyone deserves freedom of speech and I hope to speak up and speak out for what I think is
right through my work.”
“You’re a hand and you’re a heart and you’re a hope for humanity.”
“Family means no one is left behind..”
“I tried to combine these two
cultures and make the best out of it. I don’t want these
“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.”
“Being included in culture - I would love to see that for Tauranga because it’s such a brilliant feeling.”
“Faith, Hope and Love - which embodies
my general outlook on life.”
“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.”
“A big part of loving our neighbours is to be able to celebrate ‘distinctives’ of different people.”
Marijke de Jong
“The hoe represents all of humanity right now paddling through rocky waters.”
“Life can be complicated so I made my hoe very simple.”
“Life is about debate, it’s about people having different opinions and those opinions should be listened to and valued.
“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.”
“It’s people meeting people and making plans together that create journeys and
Pushpinder kaur Waraich
“We need to move forward,
that way our shadows stay back, not in front of us.”
Childhood memories from South Africa and Vancouver.
“Acknowledge the lessons of the past and incorporate them into the future.”
“The green colour I have chosen represents heart charkra, it means love - so live in harmony with love.”
“A journey of how we can use the past to inspire the future, as we move forward writing our own story and legacy.”
“Home is where the heart is!”