The onslaught of this worldwide pandemic has meant that Māori have had to review and assess some of our tikanga yet again. The concept of physical and social distancing removed our most sacred greeting: to hongi.

 

We struggled to think of an adequate replacement for this all-encompassing greeting however nothing will suffice. Coming up fast behind that was the loss of our ability to celebrate our dead in the honourable manner we were accustomed to leaving those affected doubly grief stricken.

 

We BREATHE through this and accept it as temporary and common sense even if the authorities can’t grace us with the respect of knowing our limits and our right to apply our own tino rangatiratanga. Moving along I looked into Asia and the trend/ necessity of wearing masks which was brought on by a combination of events from the last pandemic to the great earthquake industrialisation and pollution. This has led to the common practice of wearing the mask in public if you are not feeling 100%. This along with the concept of protecting the wairua of their breath, their QI I thought to myself "YES" that makes sense to me so I was happy to embrace this health benefit and went ahead and adorned the mask when I went out in public.

 

But then I was met with another glitch.

 

This effectively made me wahangū - muted, silenced... gagged! I was unable to get my "Kia Ora" out - My "hello", my "how's life", my "good health", my mihi was trapped inside me. Eye contact was not sufficient to encompass all I wanted to say. There was really only one way to get the words out; to enable my reo to flow.

 

As an international indigenous designer, I took to my cutting room to produce a range of masks using our reo and wairua with the greeting 'Kia Ora' embroidered on them. Currently the selection consists of denim, drill, and blanket with the expectation of extending into other reusable fabric. I'm expecting the product will be plagiarised by the likes of the $2 shop etc. Hoi ano, I wanted to get my whakaaro about it out. Nga mihi

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  • The onslaught of this worldwide pandemic has meant that Māori have had to review and assess some of our tikanga yet again. The concept of physical and social distancing removed our most sacred greeting: to hongi.

     

    We struggled to think of an adequate replacement for this all-encompassing greeting however nothing will suffice. Coming up fast behind that was the loss of our ability to celebrate our dead in the honourable manner we were accustomed to leaving those affected doubly grief stricken.

     

    We BREATHE through this and accept it as temporary and common sense even if the authorities can’t grace us with the respect of knowing our limits and our right to apply our own tino rangatiratanga. Moving along I looked into Asia and the trend/ necessity of wearing masks which was brought on by a combination of events from the last pandemic to the great earthquake industrialisation and pollution. This has led to the common practice of wearing the mask in public if you are not feeling 100%. This along with the concept of protecting the wairua of their breath, their QI I thought to myself "YES" that makes sense to me so I was happy to embrace this health benefit and went ahead and adorned the mask when I went out in public.

     

    But then I was met with another glitch.

     

    This effectively made me wahangū - muted, silenced... gagged! I was unable to get my "Kia Ora" out - My "hello", my "how's life", my "good health", my mihi was trapped inside me. Eye contact was not sufficient to encompass all I wanted to say. There was really only one way to get the words out; to enable my reo to flow.

    As an international indigenous designer, I took to my cutting room to produce a range of masks using our reo and wairua with the greeting 'Kia Ora' embroidered on them. Currently the selection consists of denim, drill, and blanket with the expectation of extending into other reusable fabric. I'm expecting the product will be plagiarised by the likes of the $2 shop etc. Hoi ano, I wanted to get my whakaaro about it out. Nga mihi