Pānui pāpāho | Media release
29 August 2019
A trio of Rotorua’s world-class artists will herald the start of the city’s Aronui
Indigenous Arts Festival with a performance about the beginning of creation.
The whakatau (welcoming ceremony) for the inaugural month-long festival will be
held at Te Papaīōuru Marae, Ōhinemutu, at 1pm on Sunday, 1 September 2019.
‘Ko Rangi, ko Papa’, performed by Te Arawa descendants, Matiu Hamuera, Rosie
Belvie and Kahumako Rāmeka, is inspired by Ranginui (Sky Father) and
Papatūānuku (Mother Earth).
Mr Hamuera says they will pay tribute to the inaugural festival by acknowledging all
creation, as well as its primordial ancestors.
“This ancient story has been kept alive by our people for millennia, much like the
tāhuhu (backbone) of our tīpuna whare (ancestral house). Tamatekapua kowhaiwhai
(motif) patterns of red, white and black, tell the story of the separation of our Sky
Father and Earth Mother."
“Ko Rangi ko Papa honours the relationship and separation of Ranginui and
Papatūānuku which began the whakapapa (ancestry) of life here on earth” he says.
Ms Belvie encourages local people to attend the festival opening.
“I want people to explore more of their own thoughts. To dance with images in their
hearts and minds by watching ‘Ko Rangi, ko Papa’. To see for themselves, how they
look at the world as individuals,” she says.
Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival director, Cian Elyse White, is thrilled about the
“It’s been a fantastic opportunity for our artists and community members to bring
Aronui to Rotorua for the wider community to enjoy. Everyone is invited to come to
this exciting launch of the festival, which we look forward to seeing as part of
Rotorua’s event calendar for many years to come,” she says.
The Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival celebrates, inspires and shares through
Numerous events have been scheduled as part of the ahurei. The full programme
can be viewed at www.aronuiartsfestival.com.