Who are we?
Whakaraupo Carving Centre is a non-profit Charitable Trust that was established by whanau members of Te Hapu o Ngati Wheke in January 2010. Its purpose has been to uphold the mana of Te Ao Maori. It's prime focus has been to uphold the mana of whakairo kaupapa toi and preserve the ancient teachings of our tupuna. is to equip people with the knowledge of our heritage, our reo and culture, to promote and uphold Tino Rangatiratanga.
As a Maori Leadership organisation in the Cultural Sector, the Whakaraupo Carving Centre is adaptable and innovative by supporting the aspirations of a generation and enhancing the dreams of future generations and preparing for an understanding of the essence of past generations.
The Whakaraupo Carving Centre is proactive in supporting Toi Practitioners throughout Aotearoa and continues to explore new and innovative ways to deliver its kaupapa in an ever changing environment.
Hapu, Iwi and its communities in Whakaraupo, Horomaka and Otautahi. Our organisation has developed an engagement proccess that incorporates six Toi Principles which are also entranched throughout our organisations kaupapa, our Strategic Plan, Occuppational Health & Safety and all of our Policies and Procedures.
Our creative peoccess allows our Toi Practiciiners to support and educate our Kaiwhakairo, Kaiako and Tauira to design, create and maintain Mahi Toi for generations well into the future. Our purakau and korero used are embodied and represented in a kaupapa Maori artistic form and embellishment in a style that is unique to our place.
Toi Maori exists in the wairuua of our people and drives them towards wider horizons and great acheivements. Tis conection can never be analysed, retracted or broken. It will always exist.
'Hei pupuri to aho te wananga
Hei kawe i nga huna a Rua'
To perpetuate the hidden schools of Rua
What we offer
The Whakaraupo Carving Centre Trust has been commissioned to create many Taonga Whakairo for hapu, iwi, whanau, community groups, schools, Government Agencies and commercial clients. Our hui and korero process allows our Kaiwhakairo to undertake rangahau, explore creative ides, methods, materials and purakau to inform a desired design. Our Kaiwhakairo also ensure that we identify the tikanga and kawa to be used throughout the creative process.
Commission enquiries can be made on our website by clicking here
Whakaraupo Carving Centre delivers the Toi Aro, a Kaupapa Maori Toi based programme designed for at risk youth, schools and community groups with the generous support of funding providers. Toi Aro is a Kaupapa Maori Toi principle that is centred around self reflection, resolving ways to conceive new ideas, think imaginatively, explore possibilities, evaluate and test solutions and explore personal limits. It also allows tauira to analyse their behaviours and beliefs. Toi Aro is designed to allow tauira to develop a creative skill set by utilising the Whakapapa of Making which promotes creativity in Kaupapa Maori Toi. Toi Aro can be aligned to suit Raranga / Weaving and Rauangi / Visual Arts.
Through our Kaupapa Toi programmes we provide tauira new skills that are based around the six Toi Principles, Toi Awe (creative process), Toi Hanga (creating), Toi Iro (rangahau/research), Toi Raupapa (project planning), Toi Aro (self-reflection) and Toi Hua (presenting a finished creative piece). Tauira are able to connect to their whakapapa, their identity, and help them reach for their true potential.
We can also tailor a programme to suit a schools needs such as a collective creative project. Tauira learn about Māori history, narratives, tikanga, kawa and Kaupapa Maori Toi.