by Kereopa Ratapu, Board Member
Te Manu Aute is a traditional Māori design for a kite, a form of traditional Māori flying craft. These traditional patterns and designs were used in our weaving and carving crafts and including hand string games used by our ancestors.
Construction materials used to make a Manu Aute were stems of the Toetoe (Cortaderia plant) and other various native plant materials.
The Tohunga (experts of traditional Māori Wānanga) used this instrument to provide clear direction or to find objects that had been misplaced and as a form of communication from village to village.
It is an absolute beautiful craft to engage with and very inspiring when flying one of these Manu Aute and so your dreams can soar into the heavens where the Atua dwelt. Therefore, your health aspirations will soar with this Manu Aute to inspire the health needs of your whānau living in Te Tau Ihu.
Ngā mihi manawa ora kia koutou kātoa.
Na Kereopa Ratapu