This workshop will focus on the design, construction, and carving of traditional Waka Hoe or wooden paddles using both hand and power tools. Starting with an introduction to carving, Wikuki will work with participants to create their own paddle and understand its use, form, and function. Traditional stories and chants will be shared to broaden knowledge of waka, navigation, and paddles.
As a Tohunga Whakairo/Master Carver, with over 40 years’ experience, Wikuki has created many heritage taonga, including the intricately carved masterpiece Pou Kapūa, the tallest Māori/Pacific carving in the world. Wikuki has many relationships throughout NZ and the Pacific and continues to learn and build on his passion for Mana Whenua and indigenous community development, cultural resilience and robust futures, believing stronger identities make stronger people and families.
A creative designer, strategist, voyager and storyteller, Tania (Maori/Tongan/Pacific) seeks to ignite and empower people to come together and collectively expand the horizons of the Maori, Pacific and Indigenous worlds. With deep cultural intelligence and wisdom, thought, word and action, Tania focuses on making the natural native world visible through Indigenous culture, art, science, and technology.
Includes most materials and guest speakers.
Image: Wikuki Kingi, weapons and waka hoe, courtesy of Te Uru. Photo: Sam Hartnett.