A team from Te Puia are getting ready for an exhibition that will take place in China this week.

This Friday, tutors and their students will take part in the Bashan Festival in Shanghai (China). Tuku Iho a Te Puia will display a variety of their students carvings made by wood, one, stone, greenstone and flax.

The organizer Karl Johnson believes this is a reflection on the relationship between the Chinese and Maori. 3 years ago Te Puia carved out a waka that symbolised that connection.

Kei te whakarite tētahi roopu mai a Te Puia, mo ngā whakaaturanga mahi toi ka tū ki Haina a tērā wiki. Ka rere atu ētahi kaiwhakaako me ā rātou tauira ki Haina ki te Baoshan Festival, hei te ngahuru mā waru o Whiringa-ā-Nuku, ki Shanghai. Ko te whakaaturanga Tuku Iho a Te Puia, he whakaatu I ngā tūmomo whakairo, I akongia e ngā tauira o Te Puia, pēnei I te whakairo-ā-wahia, ā-kōiwi, ā- kōhatu, ā-pounamu me te raranga. Hei tā te kaiwhakahāere a Karl Johnstone, ko ngā whakaaturanga-ā-Māori ki te Baoshan Festival, he whakamātotoru I te hononga I wāenga I a Ngai Māori me Haina. Toru tau ki muri I whakairohia e Te Puia tētahi waka maumahara, hei tākoha atu ki ngā tāngata o Haina, hei whakaatu I te whakaute, te rongomau ki waenga I a Aotearoa me Haina.