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Cultural Mural

​Students and teachers working on the cultural mural

Maori art was the focus of a recent 2-day workshop at BYETC. Our special guest was art teacher of 22 years Petera Te Hiwirori Maynard who guided BYETC students and art teachers through the design and production phases of the project. The end result is a beautiful mural full of symbolism and meaning. 

The mural uses traditional colours to Aotearoa (New Zealand) which are also important to Australian Aboriginal people. The colours symbolise the people (black), the land (red) and the spirit (white).
Throughout the workshops students learnt about Maori traditional customs, rules, cultural values and kinship ties.
The participating students, who came from a range of cultural backgrounds, were very appreciative of the experience.
One student commented after the workshop that, “sharing our culture with the traditional owners meant a lot to us. Our culture is about being inclusive, mindful and respecting other cultures. It meant a lot to us to see others like our teachers engaging in our culture and the Centre acknowledging that our culture is present here.”