A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPANTS
A big THANK YOU!! to all artists and voters for supporting this important kaupapa. Especially to those who contributed and created artworks for this competition. We were very impressed with the entries which were varied and very creative. Each artwork presented a different angle on the health of rangatahi, so we see each artwork having it’s own special element. We appreciate the time spent by each person. Thank you.
Rangatahi Art Competition 2021.
Te Tohu Kairangi : Artistic Excellence Award ($300 prize each)
“Surrender” by Ngaikiha Tupaea
“Niwareka” by Oshiania Lomas-Tane
Te Tohu a te Hāpori : People’s Choice Awards ($300 1st prize, $150 2nd prize)
“Love Yourself” by Lyric Minhinnick-Ellis
“Wellbeing Monster” by Anna Pullan
Te Tohu Toi Whakaihiihi : Inspiring Artworks ($150 prize each)
“Hauora in our eyes” by Makayla Read
“Create Destroy Restore” by Dalziel Maeva
“Who I am vs Who society wants me to be” by Cassidy Bell
*Winning artworks from Te Tohu Kairangi : The Artistic Excellence Award will feature on rangatahi wellness promotions for Te Rau Ora throughout the year.
Rangatahi Art Competition Awards
“He Whakapaparanga Toi, He Orangatonutanga”
Presented by: Te Aumihi Hohepa (presenter), Awards announced by artists: DLT, Andrea Hopkins, Reuben Friend, Miriama Grace-Smith, Charlotte Graham, Te Rawhitiroa Bosch & Tame Iti.
RANGATAHI ART COMPETITION
“He Whakapaparanga Toi, He Oranga Tonutanga.”
“The story in our artwork, reflects the ongoing wellbeing,
survival and sustenance of our people.”
Competition opened: 28 September 2021.
Entries close at 5pm Monday the 11th October.
Peoples Choice Award Voting open: 13th October – (5pm)18th October 2021
Winners announced: Wednesday 20th of October.
*VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all those who voted.
ARTWORK ENTRIES – 2021
IWI: Mōkai Pātea, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa au ki te tonga
TITLE: Bringing me home
“Wellness for me is being connected intrinsically to my whenua and my sense of home and whānau!
This art depicts that even at times where I might find my self (in texture) absorbed amongst the dark I know that I can always be brought back out to what really matters for me and this is Home. This landscape is based on the view that I see when driving home from Papaioea from school back to Utiku in the Rangitīkei and the view I see as I come down the Mangaweka deviation to see our whānau whenua with the Ruahine ranges in the back and knowing that our awa Rangitīkei, Hautapu and Moawhango are just over the crest of the light!!”
IWI: Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Maniapoto
Tēnei ahau e whakanui ana i tā Niwareka kōrero me tōna oranga i te ao kiko me te ao tūroa ki te titonga peita nei. I riro i ahau taku mataora i ngā tau tata nei. Whai muri i rongo ahau i ngā piki me ngā heke i ngā whakaaro o tēnā, o tenā nā taku pakeke me ngā āhuatanga katoa o te moko kauwae. I wānanga mātou ko tōku whānau i mua, ā, kaore he paku aha ki ahau ēnā kōrero ngau kino nei. Mohio ahau i tōku ao Māori, ā, ko Ngāpuhi tēnei e tū tonu ana.
Te Rau o Te Huia Kouratoras
IWI: Tainui, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri
TITLE: Kia mahea te hinengaro
This piece was created during lockdown to inspire tauira to get out in amongst nature and connect with Papatuuaanuku. It’s been a difficult year and I wanted to promote health and well-being amongst my peers.
IWI: Ngāti Porou, Tuwharetoa, Ngaāi Takihiku, Ngāti Tipa
TITLE: The View
On the beach with my family, we had a good time and it was a good view. We were in level 3 in Auckland at the time. It really helped all our well-being to be out at the beach, picking pipi and enjoying the sun.
IWI: Ngāti Kahungunu
TITLE: Hauora in my eyes
This artwork is a representation of what wellbeing means from a teenagers perspective. Each character is talking about what wellbeing (Hauora) means to them, so I talked to a few of my peers to get some ideas and picked out the main points they brought up that I agreed with. This then got me thinking about what attributes I could include into my characters and they are my strength in artworks, and so tried my best to create them with diverse features that teenagers can share a voice with.
IWI: Ngāti Tūwharetoa (ki Taupō)
TITLE: Create Destroy Restore
I am on the Autistic Spectrum so life is very visual for me. When I think about how I deal with my own being this is what comes to mind. My current feelings and emotions are Created, they can be Destroyed by events out of my control but then I use Te Ao Maori and my tupuna to Restore my well being and bring balance, this is the neverending circulation of my wairua.
IWI: Ngāti Porou, Tuwharetoa, Ngaāi Takihiku, Ngāti Tipa
TITLE: Healthy Meal
Cooking breakfast helps my well-being because I feel satisfied, energized throughout the day when I have a good breakfast. I prepare my meals to keep me on track and to have something to look forward to in the morning.
TITLE: What does well-being look like?
Everyone has got a different opinion about well-being. To me, well-being is like a core is that is going through and around your head. Those cores represent your life . Lets say if one of the cores are broken, it will lose it balance and will affect other core too, and you likely won’t feel as well as you want to.
IWI: Ngāti Porou
TITLE: Tree of What and Who Makes Me Happy
3 years ago I went to counselling for over a year because I struggled to express my feelings but this tree represents all the people and whom have made my life both easier to manage and deal with. The green leaves represent people who have helped with my mental health. The red leaves are things I like to do in my spare time. The branches are things I want to experience/have in the future. The fence is hobby’s. The dirt is facts about me.
IWI: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pāoa
TITLE: Write a Love Letter to Yourself
In this day and age, there is so much emphasis on the love we give to others- whether it be in the form of hugs, wisdom, empathy, sweet messages, flowers, and so many more. There is this desire to constantly please others, even if it comes at the cost of our own well-being. This piece, ‘Write a Love Letter to Yourself’, is intended to challenge the view that we must put others needs before our own. By writing a love letter to ourselves, we come to understand the importance of self-worth and the empowerment that comes with being grounded in one’s own identity. This isn’t art, it’s a raw, honest confrontation. Who are you? Where do you stand within yourself? If by chance, you had written a love letter to yourself, what would it say?
IWI: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pāoa
TITLE: Who I Am vs Who Society Wants Me To Be
Who am I if not defined by your labels? Everything we know, everyone we love, is compartmentalised, labelled and filed away like nameless documents lost in the system. Our world is corrupt with the Western idea that human value and worth can be measured by things such as ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion, social status and political stance. There is this idea enforced on the nation as a whole that power, wealth and WORTH come from being white, cisgender, heterosexual, christian and male. This is so, so wrong. These labels as we call them, are a Western construct to segregate people and hide inequity and oppression behind ‘science’ and ‘law’. It’s all a lie. Your worth as a human being is not- better yet, cannot be- defined by the colour of your skin, what religion you practice, who you’re attracted to or what gender you are. These are baseless, insignificant values. What matters more is morality, spirituality, connection to the earth and to the people. Do you know who you are? Better yet, who are you without Western labels? Do you know the answer?
IWI: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pāoa
Wellbeing looks like confidence, in my body, in my mind, in what I stand for and where I come from. Wellbeing looks like peace, spirituality, hope and passion. Wellbeing looks like a baby koru sprouting up in between the roots of tall kauri trees. It’s the sense of being grounded, of coming home, of having a place of belonging. Wellbeing is a feeling, a state of mind even, that we all strive for, conscious or not. It’s the feeling of ultimate, pure freedom.
IWI: Ngāti Tautahi, Ngātihine, Hokianga
TITLE: Reality of Wellbeing A Rangatahi Perspective
As a rangatahi myself this is what well-being is like in NZ. Yes, I could have chosen a fairytale version but no. A Wahine Māori representing her culture with a Moko Kauae. The words are pouring on her as they represent mental health issues that run deep in her blood. There are also tips on how to help a healthy wellbeing.
IWI: Ngāti Pākehā
TITLE: Anei tātou nā ko te pō, anā tātou nā he rā ki tua.
This whakatauki, ‘Anei tātou nā ko te pō, anā tātou nā he rā ki tua’, inspired my artwork. It reminded me that there is always an end to our darkest moments. When everything feels too heavy, we must remember we are on our way to a new day. Though this sounds so hard to comprehend at the moment, if you hold on, the sun will rise again.
IWI: Ngāti Ruanui
TITLE: Hidden Underneath
Bad wellbeing is a high cost to individuals, which is why I chose to go in this direction of the topic. My art work represents how our wellbeing is being further undermined by the aspects of our modern life (loss of community and isolation) and how poorly the media communicate this. My art includes watercolour paint, newspaper and ink. I have included newspaper and ink into my art work to represent the media. To further communicate how poorly they talk about wellbeing, I have burnt holes into the drawing of the girl and the newspaper underneath.
“This piece was developed to represent bottled-up emotions and how we feel that we cant express or reveal anything to anyone. it’s supposed to be a journey of us finally opening up and allowing ourselves to sub come to our emotions to finally heal. once we finally seek help and face our emotions we can finally release and embrace the emotions we lost along the way. in a way, we are surrendering to our issues and letting ourselves flow through the healing process instead of hiding and avoiding it.
in surrendering we are finally free”.
IWI: Ngāti Kahu o Torongare
TITLE: Dancing Frogs
This artwork was drawn because I believe that the people you surround yourself with, no matter good or bad, they will make an effort to keep you around and keep you smiling or just keeping your mind distracted from all chaos around you. They are dancing because in every dance there are moves/obstacles. These may be hard to figure out or understand in the beginning, however with someone by their side helping them figure it out, it turns into a beautiful dance that is balanced and meaningful. I used frogs instead if people because frogs are a symbol of many things but most importantly harmony and peace.