Ta Moko Artsists Make Their Mark on Māori Television

Friday May 9, 2014  


Coming soon to Maori Television is MOKO AOTEAROA, a new show that provides an insight into the lives and loves of some of New Zealand’s top ta moko artists.

Starting on May 27 at 8pm, the 10-part series will follow Gordon Toi, Richard Francis, Rangi Kipa, Katz Maihi, Pip Hartley and Hirini Katene, as they juggle work commitments with family life, passions for sports and musical endeavours.

Producer Lara Northcroft says the programme is a celebration of local talent within an art form that has opened doors to the Maori visual arts community both locally and globally.

“All the artists who feature on the show do work internationally and a couple of them are experienced artists who were part of the revitalisation of Ta moko.”

Series director Lilly Panapa says MOKO AOTEAROA is the first series of its kind in New Zealand and will have broad appeal.

“It’s an exciting show with strong characters, compelling stories and it combines the knowledge of experienced practitioners with the enthusiasm of a new generation of artists.”

In the first episode, master caver, artist, actor and carver Gordon Toi (Ngapuhi) takes on a collective of South Auckland artists known as The House of Natives, ahead of their first group exhibition.  We also meet Katz Maihi (Ngati Whatua), an experienced reggae musician whose client is an aspiring rapper.

Tune in to MOKO AOTEAROA on Maori Television on Tuesday nights at 8pm.


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