GBHS artist has work purchased by Three Rivers
“It’s a symbol of our wellbeing. It’s a reminder to all men that we need to look after our hauora tinana, hauora wairua and hauora hinengaro.” Artist Jarryd Broughton.
The stunning piece takes the form of a stingray which is seen as a traditional kaitiaki or caregiver in tikanga Māori. The stringray carving is a reminder of the importance of regular health checks, says Jarryd, who is Ngai Ta Manuhiri. “It’s a symbol of our wellbeing. It’s a reminder to all men that we need to look after our hauora tinana, hauora wairua and hauora hinengaro.”
Dr Fergus Aitcheson says the artwork aligns with the practice’s values. “It resonates in terms of our support system, particularly for young Māori men.”
The artwork was created as part of the Whakairo programme at Boys High - a 2015 Prime Minister’s Excellence Award winning programme that uses Māori cultural teaching through carving to boost boys’ confidence and cultural awareness. An overall sense of place, purpose and confidence from the Whakairo programme spills over into other school activities. In conjunction with the Tu Tane programme and other initiatives the NCEA pass rate for Māori at Gisborne Boys’ High School sits at 95%, well above the national average.
Three Rivers encountered programme three years ago when Dr Aitcheson went to see the school’s choir perform. “They had Whakairo on display at the time and we thought we would be proud to support it.”
Three Rivers purchased a poupou or carved wall figure by student Matthew Thornton which is now mounted in reception. Jarryd’s piece will be mounted on the wall above the stairwell visible to everyone in the waiting room.
“We are very proud to have these pieces in our practice. We have a lot of support for the programme and a lot of admiration for the people that run it,” says Dr Aitcheson.
The man who created the Whakairo programme over a decade ago is Craig Callaghan. He says Jarryd was blown away when he heard that his piece had been purchased. “It was a bit of a ‘What? My piece? Why would anyone want my piece?’ sort of reaction.” Mr Callaghan is thrilled at the purchase and it’s wider significance. “To have the Gisborne community show its support by actually purchasing and displaying it completes the circle.”
He says it capped off a good year for Jarryd who aspires to be a professional rugby player and was away during the exhibition opening signing a rugby contract for 2017 in the Bay of Plenty.
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