INTERVIEW: Taiarahia Black speaking with Wiremu Huta Martin on TEKAU MĀ RUA.

Professor Taiarahia Black talks to Wiremu Huta Martin on Tumeke FM 96.9 about Te Kooti, the movement of Māori prophets, Da Vinci and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Orini ki Ngati Awa. (First Broadcast 12 August 2015).

Today’s korero from Prof. Tai Black is centred on developing knowledge, experience and scholarship around Tekau Ma Rua – the 12th.
– The background on Te Kooti a Rikirangi Turiki and the movement of other Māori prophets.

– Connecting with Te Orini Kura Kaupapa Māori with the kaupapa for mokopuna at Te Orini Te Haahi Ringatu.

– Te Himene a Rawiri and why Te Kooti a Rikirangi chose David as part of his teaching for his Ringatu Church.

Tai recently returned from the U20’s Rugby World Cup Italy where NZ won the World Cup and while there he and his wife visited the Museum Academy and viewed the artworks made by geniuses Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo Da Vinci. Tai says “Biblical scripture – the book of Genesis played a part in developing the genius of Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo Da Vinci. How is that linked to our kura at Orini? Orini is learning about Tekau Ma Rua and are learning the biblical passages in and around Tekau ma Rua and one of the main hymns is Te Himene a Rawiri. So you have three geniuses in Italy who developed their artwork with elements of biblical and scriptural sources and here we are in Aotearoa, Mataatua Waka, at Orini in Whakatane using the same sources”.