MO TE IWI: Carving for the People

MO TE IWI: Carving for the People

  • 2019 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 2 h 13 m

MO TE IWI: Carving for the People reveals the life of Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver) Rangi Hetet, one of the last surviving Maori carvers trained in the traditional mode of tuition – and a rare in-depth window into the world of whakairo. Rangi’s whanau (family) and apprentices and proponents of Toi Maori (Maori art) shed light on little known stories and experiences that celebrate the dedication and progressiveness of a carver whose passion and purpose is solely for the people.

Screening Information

10:30 am
Repeated Friday 25 September – Sunday 27 September
Cine Iti at the Māoriland Hub

  • Language English, Māori
  • Indigenous Nation Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Maniopoto, Te Atiawa
  • Country New Zealand
  • Director Robin Greenberg
  • Director Bio Independent filmmaker Robin Greenberg began her film collaborations with the Hetet whānau in 1995 upon the invitation of master weaver Erenora Puketapu Hetet. Over a 10-year period, Erenora and Robin created two documentaries, TU TANGATA: Weaving for the People (NZIFF 2000) and He Waka Hono Tangata / A Canoe that Unites the People (NZIFF 2005) which Erenora and her husband Rangi Hetet co-produced with Robin. MO TE IWI: Carving for the People is Robin’s 7th documentary feature and is dedicated to the memory of Lillian’s mother and Robin’s mentor Erenora and Lady June Mead.
  • Producer Lilian Hetet Owen, Robin Greenberg
  • Producer Bio "MO TE IWI: Carving for the People is Lillian's first film as co-producer. Over the past three decades Lillian has been involved in various arts initiatives, art-related trusts and successful arts projects including: •E Tu Awakairangi Hutt Sculpture Trust – founding member and trustee for 7 years – involved with the development of several key public art installations in the Hutt Valley •Co-curator of Legacy: The Art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet at the Dowse Art Museum, June – October 2016 – one of the most successful exhibitions at the Dowse •Founding member and secretary for the Awakairangi Marae-based Community Arts Committee for 5 years •Trustee for Arohanui ki te Tangata Arts and Cultural Centre Trust founding member and trustee for 25 years •Member of the Hutt Valley Creative Communities committee for 5 years •Published updated edition of ‘Maori Weaving with Erenora Puketapu-Hetet’ •Published author of short stories For the past three years Lillian has been overseeing the development of an online pilot project between the Hetet School of Maori Art and the New Zealand Corrections Department to bring online classes in Maori weaving to inmates in Arohata and Christchurch women’s prisons. She has co-founded several businesses over the years, including Koha Gifts mall-based retail stores, a boutique Maori tourism operation, the Hetet Gallery and now the Hetet School of Maori Art. Lillian’s key focus is supporting the community of the Hetet School of Maori Art online. Her knowledge of and passion for the web has made it possible for her whanau to bring what they know to many more people than they otherwise could. Lillian's role in the whanau has always been to support and promote the work of those who learn and create with us. She also shares her business knowledge with others who want to sell their art on their blog: the 'Knowledge Basket' where she also writes on other Toi Maori related topics."