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  • Sara Orme

Kaumātua -Voices of Owairaka

Blessing; Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae, Owairaka - November 24,2023

Kaumātua has been welcomed into the world and blessed at Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae, Ōwairaka Mount Albert, Tāmaki in November 2023. It marks a special moment, opening our arms and welcoming all kaumātua who follow from across the motu.

The kōrero of Whāea Rānana , Hēni, Lynda, and Matua Hare – four voices of Ōwairaka – are the very first of this kaupapa. They are our inspiration, our carriers of mātauranga and our ahi ka.

Kaumātua will be a two-three-year kaupapa, resulting in a final publication and exhibition encompassing around thirty kaumātua from across Aotearoa.

Kaumātua-Voices of Ōwairaka booklet will eventually be brought together into one larger publication. The collaborative approach with smaller communities across Aotearoa allows for celebration each step of the way.

Ngā mihi nui to Rānana (Nancy) Taituha-Paul, Hēni Goldsmith, Lynda Toki, and Hare Paniora for entrusting your taonga aboard this waka.

(Please note error from Whakaata Māori- It WILL be a three year project - It did not take three years to get to here)

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With thanks to The Black and White Box for taking so much care to produce and support the photographic crafting and printing of these portraits.

Booklets are available for purchase. Limited edition. 72 pages of photographic portraiture and life histories of our founr kaumātua. You can email


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