Tu Tangata : an exhibition report presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Māori Visual Arts at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Te Kōhanga Reo transformed my life, empowered my children, and connected me to other parents whom were also interested in empowering themselves and their children. By working together, the whānau and kaimahi continue to manage a successful Kōhanga Reo in Flaxmere. The purpose of this exhibition report is firstly, to explore and document my parental learning experiences within my life and Te Kōhanga Reo. Second, to provide a critical analysis of the positive impacts of Te Kōhanga Reo on myself, my children and families who have journeyed with me. This report utilises a narrative framework where parents can stand tall, be counted and recognised within the wider Te Kōhanga Reo movement. While mokopuna and kaimahi are important to kōhanga reo, the positive impacts on parents are represented in "Tu Tangata Kōhanga Reo." This is a series of contemporary Maori visual art, created from my studio practice and exhibited at Creative Arts Napier Art Gallery, from the 1st of December 2018, to the 14th of January 2019. A discussion of how the exhibition was conceived, conceptualised and developed, along with its challenges are included within the exhibition report. In recognising how my roles in kōhanga reo have changed over time, I have also included additional art pieces that were created between 2012 and 2020.