Artlands Artlands Victoria Keynote - Taonga tuku Iho - treasure handed down -- Desna Whaanga-Schollum

VIDEO | Many greetings to you all. And greetings to your ancestors that you bring with you, and that you embody in your work. We gather together not as only designers, artists, architects, landscape architects, writers, researchers, innovators, philosophers, musicians, “design-thinkers”… We are mother, father, daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson… We gather as our whole selves. We gather together as the living embodiment of our ancestors behind us, and our generations before us. We gather together our trees, birds, whales, eels, our lands, and we weave. The weaving of the many strands. This is how I know my turangawaewae, my place to stand on Papatuanuku, earth mother. Tihei mauri ora!