Ma te rongo ka mohio, ma te mohio ka marama, ma te marama ka matau, ma te matau ka ora.
Through listening comes awareness, through awareness comes understanding, through understanding comes knowledge, through knowledge comes life and wellbeing.
Throughout our website you may notice a graphic panel which brings to mind the iconic Māori woven kete.
The poutama is a stepped pattern commonly found in Māori weaving – you’ll see it in tukutuku panels in the marae, in piupiu (flax skirts) and also in many other designed mahi that is Aotearoa-centric. Some say they represent the steps which Tāne (son of Ranginui and Papatuanuku) climbed in his quest for the ultimate knowledge to bring to mankind.
The poutama is specifically linked to ascending the steps of education and religion but for all who are working with tamariki and mokopuna it is encapsulating and scaffolds the learner, the teacher, the parent, the child, the adult, the professional.
It’s about human growth and evolution, and as such it is essential to all who work alongside multiple generations, or with intergenerational thinkers in design and co-design. Often we learn from others, or we make mistakes and need to relearn, so it gives us a chance to go up and down the poutama – we may become the teacher, the peer, or the learner. The steps go both ways; they are interchangeable and dependant on skills.
The harakeke (flax) weave pays homage to foundation, whānau/family and whakapapa/genealogy – the blueprint we connect to. Often the weave is not designed to perfection, but it demonstrates our strengths and notes where we require strengthening.
The colours of Papatuanuku and Ranginui (earth and sky) depict the hopes, dreams and aspirations of life’s journey.
Acknowledging Huriana McRoberts, co-designer of the Weave, writer of the above kōrero, board member of FASD-CAN Inc. Ngā mihi.