Project Tahi video
Where we come from makes us who we are.
Ko wai au? Who am I?
Tahi is about carving our name into the space, and carving our space into the world. This short film was made in Wellington in response to the question, Ko wai au? Who am I?
This piece stands for our needs, that we have the right to exist. It identifies our uniqueness.
Everybody who comes into Home Ground identifies with our table, and everybody has a name. We are born worthy, our names are our gifts from our tipuna. Wherever you go, there is a legacy behind you.
The song ‘Wainuiatea’ represents our ancestors, but also the forgotten women, the stories not told. The women not talked about, the women in prison.
What is Home Ground? It is a safe place to express ourselves.
“I think the beauty of this project is that although it is collaborative, it also works on a deeply personal level, unique to each individual without the project being designed on an individual level.”
Project Tahi 2019 delivered a creativity and wellbeing programme in the community for women on probation, community sentence and recently released from prison.
This project put into practice our discoveries from the Kahukura pilot programme, and supported women’s exploration into creativity and arts practice (visual arts, theatre, kapa haka, music, etc), while building a strong working group.
Nine women experienced a range of arts practice over eight weeks, then had the opportunity to further explore the art forms they were particularly interested in.
Through their work they created a mixed media exhibition of their individual experiences during Project Tahi. They also rehearsed a spoken presentation to tell the story of their creativity. This was presented to whānau, Corrections staff, friends, community groups, artists and funders in the final week.
Through these arts-based events we were able to highlight the importance of community connection post-release, and support women to use existing services.
We created positive opportunities for artists’ engagement and community support with the key theme of ‘strength through connectedness’.
We advocated the importance of creativity and the arts, the value of ‘nothing about us without us’, and the worth of hearing and truly listening to women who created powerful artworks based on their lived experience.