Dr Elizabeth Kerekere on Takatāpui in Art and Imagery

Dr Elizabeth Kerekere on Takatāpui in Art and Imagery


Past event

Philip Carter Family Auditorium


A Christchurch Pride 2020 event! Visiting scholar Elizabeth Kerekere shares her research into Takatāpui, and how LGBTGIA+ experiences can be found in Toi Māori.

Takatāpui is a traditional term that has been adopted to embrace all Māori with diverse genders, sexualities and sex characteristics. This includes whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex, asexual and queer people.

Visiting scholar Dr Elizabeth Kerekere is based in Gisborne (Whānau a Kai, Ngāti Oneone, Te Aitanga a Māhaki) and is Founder/Chair of Tīwhanawhana Trust, which advocates for takatāpui to "tell our stories, build our community and leave a legacy." Elizabeth brings stories from her decades of activism in Rainbow communities and her research on the representation of takatāpui in whakataukī and whakairo (proverbs and carvings).