Tame Iti's provocative new artwork creates a splash
“I Will Not Speak Māori” is a line Tame Iti was forced to write out hundreds of times by his school teachers.
Now, the sometimes controversial Tūhoe kaumātua is creating a splash by painting the phrase across the Wellington waterfront.
The words are in bold letters on scrim attached to a fence in Odlin’s Plaza, part of an art installation called I Will Not Speak Māori to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week.
Iti said the installation was intended to be provocative and he loved the response it was getting from passers-by as he painted it – even if it confused some people at first.
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