Rei is a collective established by Whakaraupō Carving Centre, bringing artists and toi practitioners into a space of communal creativity.

We are currently in the process of bringing this space forward, to find out more get in touch. However, the kōrero can be found below.

In the Māori creation story, there was Te Kore, the void, the realm of potential being. Following this, came Te Po, the eternal night. During this creation, the skies took shape, to which a cosmological pantheon of seventy atua, gods, were held together in embrace.

However, as the tides of darkness ebbed, between the sky father Ranginui and the earthmother Papatūānuku there was the ‘Rei’. The domain of the Rei was atop the peak of the skies, a place in which the supreme being Io would bestow life and transform them into the atua we have today.

There were seventy Rei to match seventy atua, weaving creative potential within the everyday, infusing the cosmos with the human, the wellspring of invisible power in which life could appear. This duality ensured that all living things, whether it be a creek or cricket, were kept in a state of utu, or, balance.

The heroism of the young male is a running theme throughout Māori oral narratives, from the labours of Māui to Tāne Mahuta, they harnessed incredible powers of life within Te Ao Māori. Atua were reminders to our tūpuna, that creative powers; the ability to make something happen, is what undeniably makes us human. However, if utu was to be kept, how could tāne be the only ones to do it? This is where the Rei return, in essence wāhine, and were thus dubbed as Hinerei, more commonly known today as our wāhine atua. It was only when wāhine atua were ready, cared for, and nourished, in which tāne atua could enact creative power. 

The masculine and feminine is a symbiotic dance within us, happening physically, mentally, and spiritually. When one aligns each step with creative poise; potential is released, and the self is expressed.