This kaupapa that has been developed with the aim to create a space dedicated to the education, development, and creation of light art. ĀKAU has successfully run Toi Marama over the past 3 years with increasing engagement from communities across Te Taitokerau and celebrates Puanga and Matariki.
This year’s kaupapa and wero explored: “Ngā Manu Kaitiaki o Ngā Puna Waiora - The Guardian Birds of Healing Pools”. ĀKAU curated a collaboration of artwork to weave together into a 30-minute audio-visual project, 12 Pou Rama and a Hari Me Te Koa slideshow projection. In 2022 Toi Marama worked with taitamariki and kaiako in three communities - Taumarere, Kaikohe and Hokianga from:
•11 Kohanga Reo and Early Childhood Education Centre's
•12 Schools and Kura Kaupapa Māori
•1 Home School Unit
•1 Teen Parent Unit
Participation from taitamariki and kaiako within these three communities has increased from previous years. Kaiako we have worked with previously have led out the Toi Marama kaupapa with their fellow kaiako, with several new schools also engaging with the kaupapa.
ĀKAU worked with more artists and creatives within Te Taitokerau to enhance the creativity of the taitamariki and bring fresh, new outcomes to Toi Marama. Kaiako were able to utilise the Design Kete online resource with the ĀKAU team available for additional support.
A celebration of the final outcomes was brought to each community to give the hāpori an opportunity to experience the mahi the taitamariki and creatives put into the kaupapa.