“Toi and creativity is just revolutionary… It can be healing, it can be activism, it’s sovereignty.”

Rongomai Hoskins and Nikau Campbell are part of a collective of young Ngāpuhi artists who have recently participated in the Tai o Hā Tai o Hā programme run by Toi o Ngāpuhi. 

The wānanga series created a space for young ringa toi to learn the art forms of their tūpuna from some of the Far North’s leading practitioners while connecting back with their whenua and whakapapa. 

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho.

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