Week 4 – Blog Task

Moko Mead’s  “Ngā Pūtanga o te tikanga”

A term that I found that correlated quite well to art/design was the word “ponu” which is conceptualised as ‘true’ or ‘genuine.’ This word is important in the context to a traditional sense, when doing something of ritual and historic, it must remain truthful i.e. “ponu” and genuine to the original sense; the respect must remain. In a sense “ponu” relates to design in the aspect that we should pay respect to are foundations in life and interpret them in our work. For example being from New Zealand and our ‘all green’ could and should be interpreted into our works.

Taonga works and intellectual Property

I have been taught in Communication in Creative Cultures that without context we can lack the ability to respect or understand something. This is the same with misuse of taonga works, one cannot use or create in this case in the work of culture of something they do not understand, resulting to the disrespect of work. The lack of context creates misunderstanding and therefore misuse, the absence of “ponu.” “The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”

Work Cited:

Spinoza, B. (n.d.). Quote. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/understanding.html.

Mead, Hirini Moko. “Chapter 2: Ngā Pūtake o te Tikanga – Underlying Principles And Values”. Tikanga Māori: Living By Māori Values. Aotearoa: Huia Publishers, 2003. 25-34. Print.


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