About the Competition

The ‘Imagining Decolonisation” tīhāte (t-shirt) competition invites entries for the design of a tīhāte that speaks to the theme of decolonisation. We are asking contestants to design a t-shirt that in some way conveys the problems of colonisation or imagines a decolonised world. The purpose of the competition is to raise awareness of the issues outlined in the book Imagining Decolonisation.

We welcome all levels of experience and hand drawn or digitally design concepts for the tīhāte are welcome. We understand that not everyone feels that they have drawing skills but even if this is the case, we still want to hear from you. You can also submit a written concept. If your concept wins we will get you to work with a graphic designer to develop your concept into a T-shirt design. The design can use words, symbols and images as long as they are not copyrighted or objectionable.

The winning designs will be available for people to buy at cost. No profit will be made from the sale of t-shirts.

The entries submitted will be judged by a panel of judges from a diverse range of backgrounds. We will be letting you know who these people are over the next few weeks.


Eligibility

This competition is open to entries from New Zealand residents or citizens. Entrants are not restricted by age or experience. The competition is open to both individuals and teams of up to 4 members. Members of the judging panel; the competition advisers; the research team; and the support team are ineligible to compete. There are two age categories: (1) 12 – 17 years of age and (2) 18+ years of age.


Entries close Sunday 23rd August 2020, 8pm

  • All submissions should include:
    • A t-shirt design
    • and/or
    • A written concept (no more than half an A4 page)

Resources

T-shirt template

Download PNG template
Download SVG template
T-shirt colours available:
Womens
Mens

Prizes

12 - 17 years of age
  • 1st Prize
  • 2x t-shirts of your tīhāte design in the sizes of your choice
  • A copy of the book Imagining Decolonisation
  • $100 prezzie voucher
  • 2nd – 6th place prizes
  • 1 x t-shirts of your tīhāte design in the size of your choice
  • copy of the book Imagining Decolonisation
  • $25 prezzie voucher

(if more than 1 person each team member will receive the above)


18+ years of age
  • 1st Prize
  • 2x t-shirts of your tīhāte design in the sizes of your choice
  • A copy of the book Imagining Decolonisation
  • $100 prezzie voucher
  • 2nd – 6th place prizes
  • 1 x t-shirts of your tīhāte design in the size of your choice
  • copy of the book Imagining Decolonisation
  • $25 prezzie voucher

(if more than 1 person each team member will receive the above)


Judges


David Hakaraia
David Hakaraia

David is of Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Paoa descent. David is the Programme Director - First Year Design at the School of Design and a Lecturer in the School of Design Innovation at Te Herenga Waka: Victoria University of Wellington. His works focuses on traditional methods of woodwork and metalwork in conjunction with the latest technologies such as cnc technology, laser cutters and 3D printers. In 2008 David received a Te Waka Toi Creative New Zealand grant to manufacture some designs, which has since opened doors receiving an award in the New Zealand Dowse 2010 Student Awards for one of his lighting designs. In 2013 David received a Creative New Zealand grant for his latest furniture range to feature in the 26th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, North America’s platform for global design. “The newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next” – at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, May 17-20, 2014.

David aims to develop new ways of expressing history by marrying contemporary design technologies with the tradition of Māori story telling. He hopes that his historically and culturally grounded approach will offer new ways of contemporary Māori connecting with their history. David wants to create his own design practice and promote a critical discourse he believes will help create a foundation for further development within a Maori creative practice. “This work gives me the opportunity to show people how contemporary design and Maori culture can be combined to create something visually innovative but with the same high level of integrity and importance that the original art forms of Maori have always displayed.”


David Hakaraia
Safari Hynes

Rangitāne tangata rau, Rangitāne nui a rangi. Tini whetū ki te rangi, ko Rangitāne ki te whenua.

Kia ora rā, ko Safari taku ingoa, e noho ana ahau ki te takiwā o ōku tūpuna ki Te Whanganui a Tara. Kei Te Herenga Waka ahau e ako ana i te reo Māori me te Ture, e 19 ōku pakeke. Kia ora, my name is Safari, I live in my ancestral area of Te Whanganui a Tara. I study te reo Māori and Law at Te Herenga Waka, I am 19 years old.