May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Ka Kata Te Po: Exhibition opening and Panel Discussion

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Te Manawa Art Gallery
326 Main Street
Palmerston North

June 3
Exhibition opening: 5:30pm
Panel Discussion: 6:30pm

Ka Kata Te Po: Panel Discussion
On October 15th, 2007, an estimated 300 police raided houses all over Aotearoa New Zealand and arrested people based on warrants issued under the Terrorism Suppression Act. The people arrested continue to face a long journey to freedom as the state seeks to punish political activists and to reinforce the status quo. Ati Teepa, Valerie Morse and Tame Iti discuss the current court case, the impact on their communities and the relationship to Te Mana Motuhake o Tuhoe.

Ka Kata Te Po: Exhibition opening
In this collaborative work, three contemporary M?ori artists – Hemi Macgregor, Saffronn Te Ratana and Ngataiharuru Taepa – draw from shared indigenous experiences to explore expressions of tribal mana motuhake (authority). The work examines the suppression and restriction of this power by the exercise of colonial authority.

The machinery of State, as time has illustrated the world over, has sought to banish tribal voices into darkness. Whether this is through oppressive statutes, ill informed armed forces or in response to State-driven hysteria, Ka kata te po demonstrates that even from this darkened space enlightenment can be achieved.


Operation 8: Film Screening

Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones potent Operation 8 examines the Rambo-like anti-terror raids of October 2007, illuminating how and why they took place – and at what continuing cost to civilised life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Repeat screenings: Sunday June 12th, 19th and 26th at 1.30pm.

Te Manawa Gallery
326 Main Street
Palmerston North

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