Album features students’ artwork

Macleans College’s Bobbi Passau’s work ‘Exploring Whanaungatanga’.

Artwork by nine Auckland secondary school students, including one from Macleans College, is featured in an online album showcasing Toi Māori (Māori art).

The online album contains artwork that would have been featured in Ringa Toi, an annual exhibition showcasing student artwork with a focus on Toi Māori.

The 2021 exhibition – which was to have been held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington – was cancelled due to Covid -19.

The album features artwork from students working towards NCEA at Macleans College [Year 13 student Bobbi Passau’s artwork Exploring Whanaungatanga], Ōtāhuhu College, Pukekohe High School, Rangitoto College and Western Heights High School.

The album can be visited online at www.nzqa.govt.nz/RingaToi21

“Despite the disruption caused by Covid-19, NZQA wanted to recognise and celebrate these talented young artists working in Toi Māori,” says Alex Bidois, NZQA deputy chief executive – Māori.

“Promoting these young artists encourages students to think and talk about our culture and history, while celebrating the survival of traditional art forms such as whakairo and raranga.”