The makers in this exhibition employ a diverse range of media and influences. Works range from exquisitely crafted musical instruments in native timber by Glen Skipper, which sit alongside Rangi Kipa's contemporary carvings in resolutely modern man-made materials such as Corian. Kereama Taepa has created digital Pare (lintel forms) to be worn as t-shirt mounted Taonga (treasures), while Tina Wirihana extends the meanings and associations of Raranga (weaving) practice to be re-interpreted in Western sculptural conventions.
All the artists featured in Tepeke Koura are currently based in and around Whakatane. All have had involvement with Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi, a community institution which encourages a strong relationship with the arts through education and Tikanga Maori. The artists featured are Tina Wirihana, Kereama Taepa, Julie Kipa, Glen Skipper, Wi Taepa, Lawrence Pook and Rangi Kipa.