A web series of documentaries celebrating Ngāi Tahu artists has been released.

But much to the surprise and humble pride of the creators, the series is gaining some national and international recognition.  

According to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s Executive Producer Julian Wilcox, the web series shows Ngāi Tahu's artists exploring the limits of creativity.

“Ko te kī noa ake ki te ao whānui anei te whakamāoritanga o Ngāi Tahu i ana ake mahi toi. Arā noa atu ngā mahi toi Māori tērā pea ka maimoatia e koutou, haere mai.”

The Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu web series, featuring nine Ngāi Tahu artists and was produced by Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Wilcox says these artists merit acknowledgement.

“Kua hou kē o rātou rongo ki te ao. A Fiona i whakawhiwhia ki tētahi tohu ikeike nā te Kuini inā tata nei, a Ross Hemara kua mōhiotia whānuitia e te ao, a Simon Khan, e hanumi ana i ōna ahurea e rua, Māori Hainamana mai i roto i ana mahinga toi.”

And while there are those who would quote that a kumara would never brag of its own merits, this Ngāpuhi producer had no problem with producing the project.

“Ko te mea tuatahi ehara tēnei i te uri o Tahu nā reira e kore au e ekea e te kōrero - he kumara kē te taewa nei. Ka rua, ki te kāhore mātou, ehara i te mea he whakapehapeha, engari e whakatairanga i ngā mahi a ō mātou ake, e kore e oti i a wai ake rāini.”

The series was launched in June 2017 but has since enjoyed acclaim at events like docs without borders, the IndieFEST Film Awards, and the UK and Rio WebFest.

It's also been invited to screen at the Māoriland festival and the Vancouver WebFest.

“I oho mātou i te aruaru mai a ēnā kaupapa ikeike i wa mātou mahi. Ehara i te mea i oho ki te kaha maimoa o ngā tohunga nei ki ngā toi ake, i oho i te maimoa o ngā kaupapa kiriata nei i wā mātou kiriata, nā reira me mihi ki a rātou.”

A taste of New Zealand’s ever-growing art scene.

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