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Exhibition shows talent of Maori art students

DUBBY HENRY
Last updated 08:31 01/08/2012
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Taylor Tate
NEW NETS: A photo by year 12 Papakura High School student Taylor Tate, featuring kapa haka group leader Darren Dennis-Paratene.

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The work of talented young Maori students is now on show at a South Auckland gallery.

Papakura Art Gallery's latest offering, Ka Pu Te Ruha, Ka Hao Te Rangatahi, celebrates the talents and creative works of senior Maori art students from across South Auckland secondary schools.

Now in its third year, the exhibition is curated by Donna Tupaea and Nigel Borell.

The title - a proverb that means "When the worn-out net lies in a heap the new net goes fishing" - speaks of the "energy, renewal and vitality" of new work, Mr Borell says.

The exhibit is about Maori students engaging in the arts in a way that has "relevance for their own lives" and permits expression of their beliefs.

Its curators want students to develop a lifelong interest in the arts, he says, and it's hoped the event will be a platform for young people and their families to see art as a viable career.

The event includes work from Papakura High School, Howick College, James Cook High School, Alfriston College and Otahuhu College students.

Ka Pu Te Ruha, Ka Hao Te Rangatahi is presented by Toi o Manukau, the Papakura Art Gallery and Auckland Council.

It's free and runs until August 18 at the gallery, 10 Averill St Papakura, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm Saturdays. Email gallery@papakura arts.co.nz or phone 297 7510 for more information.

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