Kupe, the great Maori explorer, was led to navigate the regions of Aotearoa through his pursuit and battles of the great octopus - Te Wheke o Muturangi through which our ancestors were led to new land from Raiatea, Tahiti, the body of the octopus whose tentacles reach out around the Polynesian triangle.
Ngā Uri o Muturangi affirms ancient ancestral connections through Muturangi centred around customary Māori skin marking, tattoo-tatau and art practices. It does this through online membership and public content as well as a major annual public event hosted by TMT and its partners in Tauranga Moana, called Tā Atea.
Conceived in 2015 and spearheaded by leading Māori artists of the Mataatua region, Te Tuhi Mareikura Charitable Trust (TMT) Tauranga is passionately dedicated to bringing audiences and artists together to experience, explore and develop the unique artistic art legacy of the Tauranga Moana region.
Te Tuhi Mareikura Charitable Trust connects artists together with the community to create public art works, share cultural arts as well as forge art relationships with unique international indigenous communities through the work of Ngā Uri o Muturangi.