Te Kāmata Kura
Nō te te ata o te 10 o Whiringa-ā-nuku 2019 ka mau i a Ngā Taonga tētahi kōhatu mauri nā te tohunga whakairo, nā Bernard Makoare.
I mahia mai te mauri nei i te rei niho paraoa, i te kauri o te riu o Kaihū ki Kaipara, i te matā hoki i ahu mai i te pari o Maunganui, me te kura hei tohu i te waka huia nei.
I pupuri ngā waka huia i ngā tino taonga o mua, pēnei i te huruhuru huia, ā ka kīia he pātaka tūturu.
On the morning of 10 October, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision took delivery of a manea stone created by tohunga whakairo, Bernard Makoare.
Te Kāmata Kura combines ivory from a sperm whale tooth, kauri from the Kaihū Valley in the Northern Kaipara, a basalt rock from nearby Maunganui Bluff and a hint of red ochre in an artistic expression of a symbolic waka huia.
Waka huia were used to hold the most treasured possessions like the highly prized huia feathers and can be likened to a jewellery box.
The purpose of the manea stone is to hold the aspirations, purpose, wants and desires Ngā Taonga has with respect to collecting, preserving and sharing the nation’s audiovisual heritage and memory.
The design is inspired by the takarangi form that is incorporated in the current eye shaped Ngā Taonga logo.
Te Kāmata Kura with its combined shape and meaning embodies the idea of growth and development. Kāmata is the tip of a leaf seeking, growing and developing into a tree and is an ongoing, enduring process that can also be seen as attaining knowledge and enlightenment. The inward spiralling is symbolic of content in all its forms coming into Ngā Taonga collections, while the outward spiralling is indicative of our collections being shared with communities in all sorts of formats.