Graff art under Mangere Bridge
E ngā mana e ngā reo e ngā mātāwaka o te motu, tēna koutou katoa.
Ko Maungakiekie te maunga
Ko Waitemata te moana
Ko Mahuhu ki te Rangi te waka
Ko Ngati Whatua te Iwi
Ko Te taou, ko Te Uringutu, ko Nga Oho nga hapu
Ko Orakei te Marae
Ko Puketapapa te maunga
Ko Manuka o Hoturoa te moana
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Waikato te Iwi
Ko Te Waiohua, Ko Ngati Mahanga nga hapu
Ko Makarau Ko Pukaki nga Marae
Ko Hana Maihi toku ingoa
Kia ora koutou, my name is Hana Maihi and I’m taking part in the the Urbanlife project. Over the last month Ngati Whatua Rangatahi have been getting stuck into the graff-mural project as the “Environment” stream of Urbanlife – finding a way to express our voice on environmental issues in Tamaki Makaurau. What an awesome first phase workshop it was too! In between soaking up the Museum’s special collections, our korero with Darryl and Lui and visits to the graff-murals in Ponsonby and Mangere bridge, we got to mahi in Orakei to translate our ideas to sketch books and concrete walls.
The Urbanlife "Environment" group at Orakei
Beginning with a tour of the gun emplacements, we were fortunate to have the great minds of Darryl and Lui to inspire us with knowledge of the whenua and rakau.
Lui explaining the benefits of plants
Lui explaining the benefits of plants. Kawakawa is known for its cleansing properties and was traditionally a plant used for embalming.
DLT's pep talk: It won't happen overnight
DLT’s pep talk: We won’t be overnight Banksy’s but we can work with stencilling and free-hand spray-can work to create some awesome pieces.
Hikoi around Takaparawhau
A great day for a hikoi around Takaparawhau, a chance to soak up inspiration from the beautiful whenua and flora around us.
Lui talking about the whakapapa of whau
Lui talking about the whakapapa of whau, a tree that Rangatira of Ngati Whatua were previously buried underneath in the CBD. To make way for urban development, clippings were taken from this tree so it could be relocated along the motorway.
Looking at Banks florilegium and Arthur Isles photography in the museum library
Looking through the Auckland Museum Collections: Banks florilegium and Arthur Isles photography .
The whau plant in the Banks florilegium collection
A drawing of the whau plant in the Banks florilegium collection.
Inside the museum's pictorial collections: a photo from the Bastion Point, Takaparawhau occupation
Iconic photo from the Bastion Point, Takaparawhau occupation (from the Arthur Isles photography Collection) We wouldn’t have the land we have today if it wasn’t for Ngati Whatua tupuna.
Taking inspiration from DLT's previous graff art project at Orakei
Looking at DLT’s previous graff art project at Orakei gun emplacement.
More inspiration: DLT's graff art project under Mangere Bridge
DLT’s graff mural under Mangere Bridge. Tumeke skills! Check it out if you haven’t already. Darryl touched on the role of graff art in communites: particularly in the way that it can sometimes be the main form of self-expression and release for rangitahi. It’s awesome to be a part of a project that’s trying to change the stigma associated with tagging and graff-art and show that it can be positive art form within a community.
Graff art in Ponsonby
Stopped by Ponsonby to check out some Fresh Graffiti art. An awesome mix of cultures and patterns on the one wall.
Tumeke graff art in progress
Stumbled across some tumeke wall pieces. Taking tips from the pro’s at work, they showed us how it’s done.
Putting everything we've learned into practise
Translating inspiration into sketches and stencils for some graff-art practise.
On our third day we tapped into our inner Picasso and finally hit the walls for some can practise up at Takaparawhau. Time to put our stencils to the test. It was much harder than it looked, but it was a lot of fun once you got the hang of it.
Applying our burgeoning graff art skills up at Takaparawhau
We discovered it's much harder than it looks
Applying our burgeoning graff art skills up at Takaparawhau II
Applying our burgeoning graff art skills up at Takaparawhau III
I can’t wait for the next workshop. It’s going to be an exciting challenge to fit our ideas and designs into three panels, but with Darryl’s guidance it should be a blast.