'Lot of love' poured into Matariki creations

23:41, Jul 24 2014
 Organiser Whaea Trish Young, Whaea Wini Solomon and organiser Bridget Keil
INSPIRED BY CULTURE: Organiser Whaea Trish Young, Whaea Wini Solomon and organiser Bridget Keil get ready for the Matariki Maori Design Awards on Saturday.

About 20 pieces inspired by Maori culture and designs will be paraded along a runway at Murihiku Marae tomorrow.

Arahi Maori Women's Welfare League president Whaea Trish Young said preparations for the Matariki Maori Design Show had been busy but the garments had a lot of love poured into them.

"[People] can expect to see some originality and creativity in the garments," she said.

The event offered three categories: traditional, contemporary and recycled, which were split into age groups to include tamariki (children).

Traditional garments such as korowai are made using traditional Maori methods or materials.

Contemporary garments could be any medium or material but had to have a Maori influence or concept.

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Recycled garments had to be created out of recycled or reused materials and include a Maori influence or concept.

The tamariki would be entering garments inspired by Maori legends.

"They're very bright and vibrant," Young said.

Welfare League secretary Bridgette Keil said the group encouraged people to have a go.

"We've kept the criteria very simple and open to interpretation so there are no limitations or restrictions for the entrants."

Auahi Kore, Awarua Health Services and Nga Kete are supporting the prizes and prize money.

The winners will be given the opportunity to display their garments at the Invercargill City Library for the week after the show.

The Kaumatua Ukulele Group will provide entertainment at the show.

"They'll add a flavour to the show," Young said.

Maori Women's Welfare League Te Waipounamu representative Susan Wallace will be MC on the night and Te Whaea McFarlane, Barbara Metzger and Rino Tirikatene will be the judges.

The show starts at 5pm tomorrow at Murihiku Marae, in Tramway Rd, Invercargill.

Entry is by koha, or gold coin donation.

brittany.pickett@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times