Artist: Tracey Pātete
I started my weaving journey at Te Kokiri Development Consultant Society Inc in Levin. However, it is from my studies at Te Wānanga o Raukawa that I have expanded on my knowledge within the Whare Pora.
Whiria te tangata ka puta he oranga, whiria ngā mahi toi ka puta he tino rangatiratanga.
Weaving people promotes well-being, weaving the arts promotes excellence.
Sonia Snowden and Tracey Patete working on #1 Ara Rau: Piriota (tukutuku panel) at the 6th Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium 2022, Tasman Rd, Ōtaki.
Ka rere taku manu, ka tau ki te motu o Rangitoto ki te Tonga.
Tiu ana rā ki te tai o Te Aumiti, hoka ana rā ki te moana o Raukawakawa.
Ka tau ki tōku waka o Tainui.
Whererei ana ngā karu ki te tini o Koata
Whakatū pepeha mai i te waharoa o Whakatū
Pukanga mai e Hoturoa, kua tau au ki taku ruruhau o Kākati.
Ko Tracey Patete ahau.
I have been weaving for over ten years. I have an Undergraduate Degree in Design- Poutuarongo Toi Whakarākai and a Post Graduate Degree Potāhu i Te Reo Māori from Te Wānanga o Raukawa. I am now teaching in the Poutuarongo Toi Whakarākai year 2.
My weaving is inspired by the taiao, and all the colours and forms of Papatūānuku. I have participated in many exhibitions the most recent being Te Toi Matarau at Māoriland. Presently I am fascinated with our traditional whatu techniques that can be seen on the old kākahu that are archived in Te Wharepora o Hine Te Iwaiwa in Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.
Here is a summary of some of the exhibitions that I have participated in recently:
20 19 – Māori Market Te Wharewaka o Poneke. Wellington Waterfront
2020 - Ngā Aho o Te Whenua Exhibition, Mahara Gallery
2021 – Toi Matarau Exhibitions – Māoriland Ōtaki + Kiwibank, Paraparaumu
2022 - Matariki Ahunga Nui exhibition at Māpuna Kabinet Gallery, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom,
2023 – Toi Matarau Exhibition Māoriland Ōtaki