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Wānanga Indigenous 2019
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Enveloped in our stories, tā tatau and tā moko hold a deep history throughout the worlds indigenous and first nations peoples. Ancestral hands bring to life ageless ingenuity in ancient and new ways, to strengthen and enrich our identity.

Ngā Uri o Muturangi indigenous week provided a unique forum for indigenous groups to reflect, probe, and collaborate – to enjoy an exclusively indigenous context to consider tattoo heritage, values and beliefs. The week culminated in an indigenous space or ‘atea’ showcasing our tattoo and art practitioners to educate and contest mainstream audience misrepresentation of our customs.

Ko taku toi taku ohooho! My origin is my awakening!

Ngā Uri o Muturangi: Wānanga Indigenous has been running for two years now, starting in 2019, and is organized by Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust.

Wānanga Indigenous is a fully-catered marae live-in wānanga education event of sharing between world-wide indigenous artists, and is hosted by the tangata whenua Māori of Tauranga Moana. These wānanga provide a unique opportunity for indigenous peoples to explicitly share and workshop in cultural practices, aspirations around tatau traditions, art, dance and music, to share experiences, techniques, tool making, traditions, politics and developments around practice – including ongoing cultural developments, examining our evolving international practice’s in the present and future, and share political and cultural concerns including developments around tatau practices. Artists and revivalists are invited to direct us on what they particularly wish to share or facilitate.


Spaces in Wānanga Indigenous are highly sought after, and for future events, we would like to emphasize that this is for indigenous practitioners to share their experiences in a safe solely indigenous environment.

A wānanga is a particular Māori learning experience that encourages an immersed environment of living together for the purposes of intensive learning and sharing.


2019 introduced the beginning of Ngā Uri o Muturangi: Wānanga Indigenous events and was well received by those who attended. Wānanga Indigenous 2019 was a heavily subsidized event which provided the opportunity for all the participants to explore the rohe of Mataatua (the tangata whenua Māori of the region) and to explicitly share, and workshop cultural practices and aspirations around tatau traditions, art, dance and music, as well as wider political issues and ongoing cultural developments.

We welcomed indigenous guests from Tahiti, Hawaii, Philippines, Taiwan, Cook Islands, Acjachemen & Mutsun Ohlone California, Balinese, Indigenous Canadian, Alaska and tangata whenua Maori.

Included in Wānanga Indigenous 2019, the attending Māori had the opportunity to examine the practice of tā moko in the present and future and as an evolving international practice – encouraging collectivity and vision around moko practice principles; ngā toi, waiata, haka, kōrero and mātauranga.





  • Fully catered (to a range of diets) marae meals and marae accommodation

  • Fully catered accommodation option available to continue until Monday 15 April

  • Workshops and presentations by cultural artists from a range of indigenous

  • Transport available for cultural trips to local sites, exclusive experiences and visits

  • Performances, art exhibitions, workshops, invited speakers and practical art making

  • Friday hakari feast, concert performance and invited presentations from a range of artists

  • Heavily subsidized NZ$100 all-inclusive per person for six days catered stay


**Entry fees to specific cultural events or facilities may incur a fee

  • Dedicated space for Indigenous Nations tattoo practices both traditional and contemporary

  • Fully catered marae accommodation for the weekend

  • Allocated space to indigenous tā tatau and tā moko practitioners

  • Walled booth options

  • Tangata whenua support and practice

  • Increased prize allocations to indigenous categories

  • Full support of guest indigenous communities from our local tangata whenua crew

  • Friday hakari feast and invited tattoo presentations on the marae

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