Puaki - Tā moko exhibition to debut at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi

 In Māori culture, it is believed everyone has a tā moko under the skin, just waiting to be revealed.

The problem is, when photographs of tā moko were originally taken in the 1850s, the tattoos barely showed up at all. The wet-plate photographic method used by European settlers served to erase this cultural marker - and as the years went by, this proved true in real life, too. The ancient art of tā moko was increasingly suppressed as Māori were assimilated into the colonial world.

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Last Tapes Theatre Company's Valerie selected for Edinburgh - fundraisers announced!

It has been announced overnight that Last Tapes Theatre Company's original production Valerie has been selected for a month-long season in the prestigious Summerhall programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. Last Tapes today reveals an ambitious fundraising programme to help take this powerful show to get to the other side of the world, including a long-awaited Auckland return season of Valerie, fundraising concerts and a Boosted fundraising page.

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