TOI KIRI 2022
World Indigenous Tattoo Culture Public Festival
23 - 25 September 2022
Taiaho Place, Mount Maunganui
The worlds’ best tā tatau and tā moko indigenous practitioners for one unique cultural event Toi Kiri 2022
Public festival held over three days from 23 - 25 September, TMT presents Toi Kiri: World Indigenous Tattoo Culture 2022; a gathering of indigenous practitioners of Tā Tatau, Tā Moko (Māori) and cultural arts exponents at Whareroa Marae and grounds, Mount Maunganui.
"Unique experiences, enriched culturally authentic interactions and exposure to new knowledge"
Over fifty Indigenous practitioners of Tā Tatau, Tā Moko and other related cultural arts such as weaving, carving, adornment, clay and ceremony will live-in at Whareroa Marae and present in the Toi Kiri 2022 Festival 23 - 25 September 2022.
Opening from 1.00pm Friday 23 September to 5.00pm Sunday 25 September, a ceremonial Māori blessing at 11.00am followed by food will open Toi Kiri: World Indigenous Tattoo Culture 2022 where continuous daily tattoo, dance and music performance as well as food vendors will feature until 9.00pm in the evening, while a huge range of art and cultural vendors will be available until 7.00pm nightly.
TOI KIRI 2022
According to many Māori narratives 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 Toi Kiri 2022: World Indigenous Tattoo Culture.
For those experts of ancestral ocean navigation, Te Wheke o Muturangi metaphorically describes the navigation paths or currents from Raiatea (Tahiti) resembling the tentacles reaching out across the Pacific at least as far as the edges of the Polynesian Triangle (Tetahiotupa 2009).
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“So incredibly culturally grounded! And (I) felt a cultural connection with all the indigenous people that attended!”
– Wānanga Indigenous, 2019