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Mai Time - Series 12, Episode 18

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2007

There's been a lot of luck and we've had a lot of friends and family that've supported us, and a lot of that was unplanned. It's a really nice way to do a project.
– Artist Rachel Reihana on bringing an exhibition to the Venice Biennale
The thing that makes this exhibition different is the coming together of Māori.
– Painter and Tā Moko artist Simon Te Wheoro, on the Matariki art exhibition at Whaingaroa (Raglan)
To me, before the opening, all I could think about was people like Para [Matchitt], Selwyn — all those real pioneers of the Māori art world, that would never have had an opportunity to do this, under their own steam.
– Artist Brett Graham on having financial support to bring an exhibition to the Venice Biennale
I don’t know much about the tikanga of facial moko but I do know that they look ataahua and rad.
– Presenter Olly Coddington on Tā moko
...it's about me committing totally to my culture: all my dedication and everything. And at the end of the day, you can take anything from me, but you can't take my moko.
– Kiri Tamihere on why we she got her moko
Moko is all about whakapapa...
– Moko wearer Rob Ruha
Of your moko, you cannot be deprived — except by death. It will be your ornamental grace, and your companion, until your last day.
– Netana Rakuraku, a Ngāi Tama/Ngāi Tūhoe chief
The basic idea was making a waka huia — you know, something that contained precious things ... in a contemporary context. In this case the precious objects are the memories of Horahora, the town that was flooded, and all those memories were lost...
– Artist Brett Graham describes artwork Aniwaniwha