Matariki Fashion Show (Press Release)

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Te Wananga O Aotearoa-Tamaki Makaurau celebrates Matariki in unique style

Press Release: Te Wananga O Aotearoa

Matariki is a time to honour Maori heritage and Te Wananga o Aotearoa-Tamaki Makaurau is using this important celestial phenomenon to showcase Maori fashion designers, Matariki art and raise money and awareness for a worthwhile charity. The inaugural Matariki Fashion Show is this Thursday, July 3 at Te Wananga O Aotearoa-Manukau Campus at 15 Canning Crescent, Mangere from 5:30-8pm.

Some of Aotearoas top Maori fashion designers will showcase their creativity, including award-winning Adrienne Whitewoods Taniko collection and wearable art designs by Shona Tawhiao and Maehe Ranginui. Entertainment will be provided by celebrated Maori songstress Whirimako Black and artist Onesian will display his digital exhibition Seven Sisters sponsored by McCollams Print. Entry is by koha (a gold coin donation is recommended) and all proceeds will go to KAI4KIDS, a charitable arts collective set up by fine artist Robyn Kahukiwa and singer Hinewehi Mohi to feed students in low decile schools.

Emerging Rotorua trend-setter and award winning designer, Adrienne Whitewood (Ngati Kahungunu/Ngapuhi) has successfully exhibited her work as part of the Miramoda native designers show during New Zealand Fashion Week and her piece Taniko won the supreme award at last years Miramoda Maori Fashion Awards.

Maori fibre artist and designer Shona Tawhiao (Ngai Te Rangi) has also featured in the Miramoda Runway Show during NZ Fashion Week and specialises in flax and weaving. Her designs have been seen all over the world including on runways in both Paris and London.

Maehe Ranginui (Whanganui) is a talented Raranga artist working across a broad range of the creative spectrum. He is currently working in the education arts sector promoting Maori culture and arts. His wearable art designs have also featured at Miramoda for NZ Fashion Week.

Whirimako Black (Ngati Tuhoe) will perform a special acoustic set to honour the occasion. The well-known M?ori singer and actress has a familial connection to Te Wananga O Aotearoa-Tamaki Makaurau.

Onesian is a Multimedia artist from South Auckland. His digital exhibition is sponsored by McCollams Print and offers a sneak peek at some of his original works before his own Mata Ariki Matariki exhibition at Manurewa Homestead from July 17-August 9.

KAI4KIDS is an initiative that was founded in 2012 by Robyn Kahukiwa and Hinewehi Mohi to raise money from the sale of art to provide breakfast and lunches for children in low decile schools.

The show will also include fashion by Te Wananga O Aotearoa students and will showcase additional designs from India and the Pacific to show the interconnectedness of all cultures in Aotearoa joining together to celebrate the Maori New Year.

TWOA Matariki Fashion Show-Media Release

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