'Matariki Star & Cloak', NZ Academy of Fine Arts

by Mia Straka

Matariki is becoming one of the most significant celebrations on Aotearoa’s calendar. Matariki is sometimes called ‘Maori New Year’ and is named after the constellation of that name (also known as Pleiades), which has signalled a time for planting and reflection, sharing knowledge and making new beginnings.

'Time Traveller' Necklace, oxidized stg silver, 24ct gold leaf, 85mm x 45mm

 'Midnight' Necklace, oxidised stg silver, 85mm x 55mm

'Wheel Amulet' Necklace, Dyed muka, oxidised silver

These pieces work as a series, inspired by the legend of Tane ascending to the heavens to retrieve the three kete (baskets) of knowledge for the enlightenment of humankind.

Kete Aronui is the basket of knowledge of aroha, peace and the arts and crafts which benefit the Earth and all living things. Kete Tūātea is the basket of knowledge of evil, including war. Kete Tūāuri is the basket of knowledge of karakia (ritual chants) connected with Earth and sky and the control of all things performed by the offspring of Papa-tū-ā-nuku
— Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 123