by Jane du Feu, Board Chair
The kaupapa of the moko kauae was driven by my whanau whakapapa with a contemporary twist. My whanau has 2 Tupuna kuia who wore moko kauae. I had photos of both Kuia with me which the Kai Tā Rangi Kipa of Taranaki used as inspiration for my moko kauae. Both Kuia were of Taranaki Tuturu, Te Atiawa and Ngati Tama descent who also link to Tupuna in Kaakati at Whakatu, Te Ao Marama Onetahua.