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Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Level 2, Radio New Zealand House, 171 Hobson St., Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


The Film Archive

The Film Archive is delighted to present a new moving image exhibition by Dawson Clutterbuck. "Rangahaua" explores the processes of traditional kite fishing and kite flying, historically forms of communication and measurement, as ways to connect the past and present.

Please join us for the exhibition opening at 6pm, 3 December 2013. "Rangahaua" will be on display from 3 - 20 December 2013 and 13 January - 21 February 2014.

Hokianga-Nui-A-Kupe is very significant in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is where the great Polynesian explorer Kupe originally found land and settled for two generations. Centuries later, traditional Māori culture and early European settlement came into contact, and with this arose conflict over the authority of land ownership and use. Today, this relationship continues to evolve due to an ongoing dialogue between traditional knowledge and new ideas and innovations.

A diverse range of people, who are drawn together by the necessity to use the land to live and a desire for a different way of life, now populate Hokianga. The interconnected concepts of whakapau taniwha, whakapau tangata, and whakapau ariki demonstrate how strongly people and the land are intertwined here, and these concepts form a social realm that guides everyone.

Legends and stories are continually passed down to remind us where we have come from. Each story incorporates important landmarks as tangible things to trace where and what took place. In preparing this film, Clutterbuck was particularly drawn to the legend of Rahiri, the paramount Ngapuhi Rangatira. Rahiri asked the ariki Tuhoronuku, a kite, to survey the boundaries of the north. This kite was the peacemaker for his two sons, Uenuku and Kaharau.

As a result of Clutterbuck’s interest in how kites have been used as tools for communication and measurement in the past, this project explores the process of kite flying as a way to connect the past and present.

“I have been learning how to kite fish with George, a local fisherman who has 30 years experience of kite fishing at Mitimiti Beach,” says Clutterbuck. “Through combining George’s local fishing knowledge and my playful art intervention that is specific to that site, a conceptual gesture is generated that attempts to activate a conversation around the meaning of place and Kaitiakitanga in Hokianga.”

Clutterbuck, who grew up near Broadwood on the North side of the Hokianga Harbour, was keen to involve Hokianga locals (like George) in the creation of this work.

“During my Masters I became really interested in exploring the concept of collaboration with individuals and groups from specific communities to help make art projects happen,” he says. “As an artist I am not interested in being an individual making work in a studio, but rather a person making art work in the public arena alongside people.”

This project explores the ongoing historical, political and social issues of the Hokianga. Through documentation of the performance and surrounding significant sites, the film pulls together legends and stories from the past, to help define the present, and offer us ideas into rethinking the path we are on.

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