Te Oro is a new Music and Arts centre in Glen Innes. This multi-purpose space has been designed for young people and the local community to come together and perform, practice and learn the arts; express their creativity and talents; and celebrate their cultures.
The tukutuku panel presents an artistic expression of Te Oro’s visual identity. The identity was created in partnership with Ngāti Pāoa, with the endorsement of Ngāti Whatua and Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki. Tapa Toru, the repeated triangular pattern, is a reference to Maungarei - Mt Wellington. The past and the future visually reverberates optically through the pattern. Te Roopū Raranga o Tāmaki Makaurau is the collective of artists and weavers responsible for creating the tukutuku panel for Te Oro. The physical process of creating tukutuku, as well as the act of binding, coming together and the reciprocity of people working together, reflects the vision and goals established in the community charter for Te Oro. Lorna Rikihana and Kelly Dixon from Ngāti Pāoa, Bernie Papa and Tanya White from Ngāti Whātua, and Tessa Harris and Huhana Turei from Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki were the weavers involved in the project. Based at Ruapotaka Marae they created the tukutuku over a two- month period in 2015 working with local community.
The Te Oro tukutuku panel is a sign for the building, a signifier of a community coming together and a unique artwork in its own right.