Emily Parr

Te Wai Mokoia (2016)

17 min 30 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

Te Wai Mokoia introduces us to Rangimārie te Mōtī, a long-term resident of Glenn Innes and her whāngai daughter, Yvonne Dainty. The work shows Rangimārie sitting on her kitchen table, kapu tī in hand, talking with Dainty and the artist behind the camera. She has lived in her home, as she says, for ‘fifty odd years, or something like that’, and has a long connection and understanding of the nearby river and its kaimoana. The shots of the interview are interspersed with images of the river, its surrounding plants, and cattle grazing on grassy fields.

This work, in conjunction with Te Aroha (2017), reveals the profound effect of the ‘Tāmaki development process’ on the tenants of state houses, many of whom were evicted from their homes.

Te Wai Mokoia considers all that extends from a house—childhood memories, the garden we bury in and grow from, and the environment surrounding it. For residents of Glen Innes, the estuary is a site of resource gathering, of learning and exploration, and a place to foster interconnectedness with nature. Te Wai Mokoia flows through this community as wairua tapu.

Artist’s statement

Te Wai Mokoia was the winner of Uxbridge's 10th Estuary Art Awards.

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