The Tukutuku Panels

Tukutuku patterns vary considerably from iwi to iwi throughout the land. Certain designs are associated with particular iwi, some may have different names in different regions, or the names may be spelled in various ways. Many forms are related to mythologies, the stories about them vary from iwi to iwi. Some of the traditions are recorded here; this information has been drawn heavily from the works of Te Rangi Hiroa, and of John M. Mepham at Tokomaru Bay. Hiroa has suggested that the simpler forms are probably the older designs, later patterns developed pictorial forms, such as ancestral figures or other shapes. The Pūawaitanga o te Ringa designs make no claim to be authorative but have been inspired by traditional patterns; only the Aoraki panel has a simplified pictorial form.

  • Pūawaitanga o te Ringa - Fruits of our busy hands
  • Co-ordinated by Ngā Puna Waihanga - Waitaha Tai Pountini
    March 2001 - May 2002
  • Acrylic, wood, kakaho, kiekie, pingao
    8 Panels 450 x 850 mm
    11 panels 550 x 850 mm

This community project was proudly sponsored by: Ngā Puna Waihanga - Waitaha Tai Poutini, Christchurch City Libraries, Christchurch City Council and CNZ Creative New Zealand.

This page reproduces information from page 15 and 28 of the booklet Pūawaitanga o te Ringa - Fruits of our busy hands

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