Kā Mura is inspired by our ancestors, Te Pūpū and Te Hoata.
These subterranean goddesses of fire, as many here know, are remembered for creating the geothermal imprint that stretches from the East Coast of the North Island right through to the mountains of the Central Plateau.
Our history says that the great Ariki and Tōhunga of the Arawa canoe, Ngātoroirangi was seized by the cold of the central North Island mountains. He called to his sisters in Hawaiki, who, turn, summoned the fiery goddesses, our heroines.
Te Pūpū and Te Hoata, ploughed through the depths of earth and ocean, in a desperate journey, to bring life saving warmth to Ngātoroirangi. In their wake, they left a pathway of fire – a part of which includes Te Whakarewarewa Valley.
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.
This, aptly, also describes the creative process, whilst linking it to the flames and fire that were started by our ancestors, the sisters of fire. Ka Mura | Set Alight is the theme and inspiration for Tiki Āhua 2016.