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Awakening the Taniwha Resources

As a part of our promise to make our workshops available to those who cannot or have chosen not to get the vaccine, or do not feel comfortable participating in publicly accessible events at this time, you can still participate.

Remote Joining:

We are in the process of creating options to join remotely online. In the meantime, you can view and download resources.

Please bear in mind, these resources were made in light of Covid restrictions and not originally intended for online publication. They are to be used for educational purposes only and while we have made every effort to acknowledge the image creators, if we have missed anyone, please let us know. The materials may be a bit clunky but over time we will have the capacity to improve these.

Click & Collect:

If you are in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, you can also request a material pack by clicking the link below to arrange a pick-up time. 

Presentation developed by Ngaroma Riley. 

Also click here if you would like to Download the PDF.

Short video developed by Ngaroma Riley in collaboration with Master Carver Natanahira Pona.

Also, you can download and print your own Ngake and Whātaitai Heads and Tails if you are not based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. These were designed by Natanahira Pona.


Ngake Head and Tail - you create the lines of his body

Whātaitai Head and Tail - you create the lines of his body

For the body, in addition you may like to draw inspiration from one or our sixty Shared Lines: Putahitanga artists.


Below is a link to the online exhibition and if you like any of the artworks, click on it for an artists biography.

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