Mumu’s second Solo Exhibition called
Hau Ora “ Winds of Change” features 28 purerehua and porotiti (Taonga Pūoro, Māori instruments).
Hau - in te reo Māori means wind, breath, breeze, and can also mean to be heard.
Ora - in te reo Māori means to be alive, well, safe, cured, recovered, healthy, fit, healed.
So this exhibition gets its name from the spring winds, that blow over the lands of Aotearoa that help to heal my four states of being, and help me to continue to find my purpose, my true way of being.
The four ways of being can sit within the Te Whare Tapa Wha model (created by Mason Durie) which are Taha Wairua (Spiritual wellbeing), Taha Tinana (Physical Wellbeing), Taha Hinengaro (Mental & Emotional wellbeing), and Taha Whanau (Social Wellbeing - self-esteem).
Each way of being is represented within the 28 pieces by a colour and the name represents a state of change within my being as I made each piece.
The four ways of being are -
Wairua - Kowhai/Yellow - mind and the intellect.
Hinengaro - Kārikiōrangi/turquoise - open communication and thought
Tinana - Karaka/Orange - adventure and social communication
Whānau - Ma/white - purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.
For this solo exhibition Mumu (Will) Moore has created 28 purerehua and porotiti (Taonga Pūoro, Māori instruments), 7 pieces that are connected to the 4 states of being.
Purerehua - is an instrument used for karakia (prayer, incantations), to connect from Papatūānuku (earth mother) to the Ngā Atua (many gods) that live/reside above the earth. They can be used to invoke rain, and for spiritual practices. They can be worn on the body as a pendant.
Porotiti - is a smaller instrument that is used for Rongoā Māori (Māori healing), its is played with two hands, and spins on itself to create a humming noise, which vibrates through the cord to help with arthritis and also used to release the sinus’s and ease pain in the body. They can be worn on the body as pendant.
The timber has been given with love (koha) by Todd O’hagen from “Fox and Timber” a timber recycler here in Wellington, then shaped, sanded, carved and painted. The mauri of the maker (Mumu), the location where it is carved, and the rakau (timber) itself combine to create a unique mauri that is infused into the instrument.