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Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

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Kassna Te Aho-Waikari began her Māori art journey at Toihoukura in 2017 . Completing the certificate level she pursued a degree and is currently in her final year. She finds Toihoukura a very unique place to study with highly skilled tutors and like-minded creatives this combination provides many opportunities for career growth as well as personal growth.

Born and raised in Tairāwhiti , Kassana has developed  a passion for art and her community.Upon completion of Te Toi o Ngā Rangi  degree she will work towards starting her own business combining her passions of Waka Ama and Toi Māori.

“He kakano ahau I ruia a mai I Rangiatea”

This piece is about our seed of greatness. Us, indigenous people.
Along your journey of life how you look after your seed is your decision no one else’s. Sitting on a pedestal for all to see. Be proud of who you are and where you are from. Many design systems are used to symbolise Tūpuna and Atua. This piece was created to inspire,acknowledge and empower everyone who sees it.

“He toa taumata rau” 

This piece was created in memory of two beautiful wahine. The elephant was ones spirit animal, the Mangopare design and double tusks represent the strength of the two whanau. During this sad time I wanted to capture the beauty of the wahine.This is how the plant designs were created.This piece was made to shine a light when it gets dark.

Kassana Te Aho-Waikari
Current Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts student

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