Birgit Krippner - Tame Iti



  • Te Wharewaka O Poneke (map)
  • 1 Cable St
  • Wellington, Wellington, 6011
  • New Zealand

Photival is proud to present 'Tame Iti'.

Opening Hours: Available to view throughout the whole festival period

About the Photographer

Birgit is an Austrian photographer based in Wellington. She has exhibited internationally including New York City, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin. Copenhagen, Auckland, Napier, Havelock North and Wellington. Tame Iti is a high profile Tūhoe Māori activist and artist. Please visit Birgit’s website

About the Show

During the colonial period the Crown confiscated Te Urewera, Tūhoe’s ancestral homeland in the eastern North Island. In the 20th century the Tūhoe people suffered extreme social deprivation – ravaged by famine and disease. This project works with ‘Brink’ as despite this historical adversity, the Tūhoe people have demonstrated the mana (“indestructible spiritual power”) to preserve their Māori identity like few other iwi — including the continued and uninterrupted use of their native language by a very high percentage of their population. Krippner’s photographs provide an intimate lens on Tame Iti, the Tuhoe people and Te Urewera, and serves as a document of the promise of new beginnings. 

About the Associated Organisation

The associated organisation is Te Huinga A Matariki Ki Tuhoe Maori Women’s Welfare League, which is being championed by Tame Iti.

  They are part of the National MWWL and their branch covers Ruatoki and Taneatua rohe. They maintain a broad approach to increasing the well-being of people, looking at aspects of health, social interaction, spiritual awareness and economic equality, developing innovative approaches that are rooted in Tikanga Tuhoe to meet these needs.

They run home skills programmes teaching essential skills such as food growing, bottling, pickling, preserving, healthy eating and sewing. They also run a second hand shop and have been involved in a social impact assessment project and a Cancer Research project.