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Tiki Āhua

Contemporary Māori culture comes to life through Tiki Āhua – an annual fashion, design, music and dance extravaganza through the hallowed mist and steam of Te Whakarewarewa Valley, at Rotorua’s Te Puia.

Launched in 2016, Tiki Āhua brings designers and entertainment from Rotorua and beyond to the runway at Te Puia. The five-year vision for the event to grow from a one-night spectacle, to a week long festival.

To find out more about Tiki Āhua and the designer and entertainment line-up, visit our website.

Tiki Āhua – Kā Mura: Set Alight in 50 words

Tiki Āhua – Kā Mura: Set Alight, is the theme for 2016, featuring 22 designers showcasing jewellery and adornment, daywear, streetwear, eveningwear and avant-garde.

The ancient concepts found within the words ‘Tiki’ and ‘Āhua’ sit at the heart of this kaupapa (initiative) and are driven by an aspirational desire to be more, do more and become more reflective of the creative process.

Tiki Āhua – Kā Mura: Set Alight in 100 words

The backdrop of Te Whakarewarewa Valley provides a stunning backdrop to the catwalk showcasing contemporary Māori streetwear, adornment, daywear, eveningwear and avant-garde, as collections from 22 designers grace the stage at Tiki Āhua.

The ancient concepts found within the words ‘Tiki’ and ‘Āhua’ sit at the heart of this kaupapa (initiative) and are driven by an aspirational desire to be more, do more and become more reflective of the creative process.

The theme for 2016, Kā Mura: Set Alight, is inspired by the history of the subterranean goddesses of fire, Te Pūpū and Te Hoata, who created the geothermal imprint from the east coast of the North Island to the mountains of the Central Plateau.

Tiki Āhua – Kā Mura: Set Alight in 200 words

This esteemed runway event features outstanding fashion by emerging and established designers from Rotorua and beyond, interwoven with contemporary music, art, dance and live performance.

Tiki Āhua – Kā Mura: Set Alight, is the theme for 2016, featuring 22 designers showcasing jewellery and adornment including tā moko, daywear, eveningwear and avant-garde, along with a feature segment from some of Rotorua’s passionate youth designers.

The ancient concepts found within the words ‘Tiki’ and ‘Āhua’ sit at the heart of this kaupapa (initiative) and are driven by an aspirational desire to be more, do more and become more reflective of the creative process.

The theme is inspired by the history of the subterranean goddesses of fire, Te Pūpū and Te Hoata, who created the geothermal imprint from the east coast of the North Island to the mountains of the Central Plateau.

Kā describes the act of setting alight, while mura is a flame. Together, they describe the fostering of life and creation, bringing something into existence.

Tiki Āhua also draws inspiration from
Te Arawa’s unique history and environment 
and is intrinsically rooted in values and traditions around manaakitanga (hospitality), kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and whanaungatanga (kinship).

Emerging Designers

Setting the scene for the future with a special showcase from Secondary School and Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Design Students

Main Designers Featured;

Mac Vicious Society (MVS), Mitchell Vincent Collection, Rise Supply Co – Ranui Samuels, Henare (with Masami) Jewellery by Nerida Johnstone, Marama Jewellery (Courtney Jamieson), Rangi Kipa, Arekatara Maihi ( Katz), Stacy Gordine, Jacob Tautari, Jeanine Clarkin, AHU – Adrienne Whitewood, Natura Aura – Leilani & Anastacia Rickard, Kiri Nathan, Kharl Wirepa Couture, Tihi King, Reremoana Sheridan and a special tribute to Weavers of the Valley.

Entertainment on the night including;

Artist – ‘Seth Haapu’, Dance Crew ‘Street Candee’, X Factor sensation ‘Whenua Patuwai’, and legend ‘Che Fu’ to party the night away!