This video is a collection of excerpts from the short film 'Whakaruruhau' . 'Whakaruruhau' is based on the performance installation 'Whakaruruhau - he mihi ki Araiteuru' - a work created by Louise Potiki Bryant during her time as Ngai Tahu artist in residence at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art. 'Whakaruruhau' explores the community’s loss of the wharenui (meeting house) at Araiteuru marae and the death of one of its elders two years later - Emma Potiki Grooby (Aunty Babe). Emma never saw the wharenui rebuilt.
"In 1997 the whare at Araiteuru marae was destroyed by arson. In 2003 the whare was rebuilt. Through an interdisciplinary use of dance, performance, video, sound, light, collected stories and memories Louise Potiki Bryant explores three integrated aspects of the Araiteuru marae: the importance of the wharenui to the community and to the individual; the mauri or life force of the whare; and, the relationship of the whare to the human body. Whakaruruhau is the shelter, the space within which Bryant moves, tells the story of a community, and in particular takes us to the story of Emma Potiki Grooby (Aunty Babe).” Susan Ballard, Catalogue for Whakaruruhau.