The Silence: Puanga | The story of Puanga

The Silence: Puanga is a collaboration between Parihaka Kuia Maata Wharehoka and Tracey Benson. For three weeks they worked and lived together, creating an installation for the Puanga Rau Kai festival at Parihaka in June 2019

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After an incredible time working together at Parihaka, Maata and I are now in Wellington to present a workshop and lecture at the School of Design at Victoria University. I have a few blogs to catch up on to fill in some of the details of how our project evolved – these will come in the next few days.

Last weekend at the Puanga Kai Rau Festival we celebrated the Māori New Year with about 250 visitors and whanau at Parihaka.

Maata did an incredible job organising the event with the support of many people to bring the weekend together. There were talks, workshops and some fantastic live music throughout the weekend. As always, we were led by ceremonial process with karanga, powhiri, karakia, korero and waiata marking each stage of the festival. Highlights included the lighting of the ceremonial fire, walking to the top of the hill at dawn…

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