The Māoriland Hub
Māoriland Charitable Trust is negotiating the acquisition of the iconic department store Edhouses that for near on 100 years was the hub of Ōtaki village.
Edhouses sold everything from “A pin to an anchor.” And for the close knit Māori and Pākehā community of Ōtaki it was the place to outfit the entire family often on credit paid off over a year. Our community was much saddened when it closed its doors in 2014.
This sadness has been replaced by great excitement now that the MCT has leased the building and plans to turn it into a multi purpose Arts, Cinema and Performance space called the Māoriland Hub.
He Whare Tapere
He Whare Taketake
He Whare Kōrero
Arā kei te tihi o tōku Whare Tapere
Ko ia ko au ko te kaitiaki o te wā.
Ka puare mai ōna ringaringa amo
Kaha ki taha mauī; awhi ki taha matau.
Kia hou atu au mā Tatau Ki Te Po
Mā Tatau Ki Te Ao.
Tū takotako mai ai ki runga tūāpapa
Inā ko te reo, inā ko ngā tikanga
I kohaina mai ai e tuawhakarere.
Kei te kōpū o tōku Whare Taketake
Ko te oranga tonutanga
O ngā mana ka hui nei.
Ko tōna tāhuhu ko te iwi
Ko te poutāhu ko te mana o te kupu
Ko te poutuarongo ko te ira tangata
Kei waenga ko te poutokomanawa o te aroha noa.
Ko ngā pou koko ka titi iho ki te whenua ko ēnei:
Ko Ohooho, Ko Manaaki, Ko Koakoa, Kōtahitanga e
Kei ngā pātū o tōku Whare Kōrero
Ko te whakairinga o te kī
Ko te moko Māori i ataata ai
Te whakaaro nui te purapura pai
I whakatōkia ai e te hā o ngā tūpuna
E au tahi nei, e te hau o te wā …
HOUSE OF THE IMAGINATION
HOUSE OF THE INDIGENOUS
HOUSE OF STORIES
At the summit of my House of the Imagination
Is myself as the guardian of the times.
The arms are outstretched
One arm strong; one arm embracing.
I enter unto the door of night
My portal to the world and of the light.
I stand strong upon a foundation
Of the language and traditions
Bequeathed us by the ancients.
In the belly of my House of the Indigenous
There is eternal wellbeing
For all who gather.
The ridgepole is the people
The front post is the authority of the word
The rear post is the essence of our humanity.
Between them we find the support pillar of love.
The posts that anchor the corners to the land are
Inspiration, respect, celebration and unity.
Upon the walls of my House of Stories
Hang the uttered words of the people
And images of who we are:
Ideas and seeds
Planted by the breath of ancestry
And by me, the breath of the moment …
The MĀORILAND HUB will be a multi- use creative hub containing a cinema, VR technology space, art gallery, performance space, workshop and conference facilities, ticketing and staff office and farmers market (rear carpark).
The MĀORILAND HUB will offer a venue for Indigenous artists and their collaborators to showcase or perform their work. From the film workshops and the screening of films, to art exhibitions, music and drama performances.
The MĀORILAND HUB will be a vibrant networking and collaboration space that will generate commercial and artistic benefits for our community to enjoy.
The MĀORILAND HUB will hold a 60-seat boutique cinema with sound proof glass walls that can be opened up to transform the space for alternative use(s) such as theatre and live music.
The MĀORILAND HUB will celebrate Māori and Indigenous cinema, art and performing arts including drama and music. It will operate throughout the year as well as be a central hub during the Māoriland Film Festival.