Ka tipu ka rea showcases a selection of individual and collaborative artworks made by ākonga from Henderson Intermediate School. The title of the exhibition takes its name from the school motto: flourish and grow. 

The exhibition is a celebration of culture and identity. Through their various artforms, ākonga acknowledge and honour their experience of growing up in Aotearoa; our unique part of Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. 

All of the artworks draw inspiration from the natural environment; from the symbols and patterns found in nature used in the drawings, collages, and carvings, as well as the cascading waterfall made from hundreds of braided lei/‘ei/ula. 

A circle motif has been used throughout the exhibition. It references the many islands within Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. It has also been used to represent the golden glow of Tama-nui-te-rā and to symbolise the three eyes of the coconut. 

Ka tipu ka rea provides a platform for these talented young artists to showcase their skills and share their art with the public. All the work in this show has been produced in during school lunch times and is a testament to the commitment and enthusiasm our ākonga have for the arts. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the waterfall installation, Wairere, Vai rere, Afu, will be deconstructed and the individual lei/’ei/ula gifted to students, by students at the school’s end of year prizegiving.

29 May – 25 July 2021
Learning centre gallery