Te Kororia Ote Ata Netana-Rakete

Kori is studying for a Master of Arts in Museums and Cultural Heritage.

Te Kororia Ote Ata Netana-Rakete

"I first enrolled at university as a Special Admission student. School was never a very enjoyable place for me, but I knew I wanted to achieve something in life.

"I wanted to study painting restoration and had interned under renowned contemporary Māori artist, the late Dr Buck Nin, in Hamilton. He taught me a lot and enriched my love for art practice and method painting. However, there was no education pathway for art restoration offered in New Zealand.

"Eventually, I came across the Museums and Cultural Heritage programme offered at the University of Auckland.

"I come from a long line of textile workers, specifically dress makers and embroiders. I am interested in the philosophies of making and especially the making and decoration of cloth.

"My postgraduate research has concentrated on Māori prophet flags, namely the flags of the Ratana Established Church of New Zealand. Flags are remarkably beautiful items for their symbolism and transcultural importance.

"When archivists from Ratana began digitising their collection, I was instantly curious and concerned about the original flags and their tradition of hand-making textiles.

"My thesis uses the digitisation of these flags to explore the relativity of authenticity and to question its continued importance in an age of digitisation. It theorises the displacement of traditional practices and methods of making through the introduction of digital technology as a medium for the generation and re-generation of art and taonga.

"I am anticipating the thesis will offer real insights into the cultural perception of authenticity and the continuation of indigenous identities through digitised heritage while confronting the dilemmas of conserving these new forms of taonga."

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