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NZTanikO

This is very different to what I usually do and how I usually paint. Inspired from a tāniko weave pattern and the 1974 NZ Commonwealth Games logo, I’ve always loved the retro design. I’ve collaborated the two designs together and I’m really pleased with the result.

500x500mm, Acrylic on Plywood board 

 
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NZTaniko

Smaller version of NZTāniko

300x300mm acrylic on board

 
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Porourangi Poutama | Waitangi

Porourangi Poutama, another tuktutuku design from the Wharenui at Waitangi. Porourangi Poutama a tukutuku design introduced by Sir Apirana Ngata, representing the famous ancestor Pororangi of the Tairawhiti (Gisborne) district - Porourangi was himself descended from important ancestors. One was Māui, who according to tradition fished up the North Island. This whakapapa (genealogy) shows the line of descent from Māui through Toi and Paikea to Porourangi.

Tukutuku - Ornamental lattice-work - used particularly between carvings around the walls of meeting houses. Tukutuku panels consist of vertical stakes (traditionally made of kākaho), horizontal rods (traditionally made of stalks of bracken-fern or thin strips of tōtara wood), and flexible material of flax, kiekie and pīngao, which form the pattern. Each of the traditional patterns has a name.

(Tukutuku patterns vary considerably from iwi to iwi throughout the land. Certain designs are associated with particular iwi, some may have different names in different regions, or the names may be spelled in various ways. Many forms are related to mythologies, the stories about them vary from iwi to iwi)

300x900mm, acrylic on board.

 
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Pātikiki | Waitangi

Pātiki (flounder) tukutuku design from the Wharenui at Waitangi | Pātiki or pātikitiki (flounder) designs are based on the lozenge or diamond shape of the flounder fish. They can be quite varied in the basic shape. According to Ngāti Porou tradition, the pātikitiki significance relates to being able to provide 100% - not only for the husband, or the whānau, but for the whole iwi. It acknowledges the fact that women were always looking for ways to supplement their food supplies, even in the dark when the flounders came, while their men were sound asleep.

(Tukutuku patterns vary considerably from iwi to iwi throughout the land. Certain designs are associated with particular iwi, some may have different names in different regions, or the names may be spelled in various ways. Many forms are related to mythologies, the stories about them vary from iwi to iwi)

300x900mm, acrylic on board

 
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double Poutama

500x500mm, Acrylic on Plywood board 

 
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poutama

This was the very first painting I sold… it was the most amazing feeling selling my work.

400x400mm, Acrylic on Plywood board 

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Tahoraiti

Going back to my wharenui (meeting house) recently meant I was able to do some research... I learnt that my original wharenui, Aotea was originally in Tahoraiti, Dannevirke. Built in 1893, it was one of the biggest wharenui in New Zealand. As it was rundown and needed repair, they decided to move and rebuilt Aotea wharenui in Mākirikiri, Dannevirke in 1967. This painting is inspired from the pattern of the heke tipi area of the wharenui that was once in Tahoraiti.

500mmx500mm acrylic on plywood board

 
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NZTaniko

This is a smaller version of NZTāniko.

300x300mm acrylic on board

 
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Pou Tangata | waitanGi

Pou Tangata represents the many people who have lived in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). I’ve painted the X’s in to represent the people of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Inspiration from the Pou Tangata tukutuku pattern from the Wharenui at Waitaingi, I feel these tukutuku panel designs are special, as they don't only represent only one iwi (tribes) they represent all iwi in New Zealand.

Tukutuku - Ornamental lattice-work - used particularly between carvings around the walls of meeting houses. Tukutuku panels consist of vertical stakes (traditionally made of kākaho), horizontal rods (traditionally made of stalks of bracken-fern or thin strips of tōtara wood), and flexible material of flax, kiekie and pīngao, which form the pattern. Each of the traditional patterns has a name.

300x900mm, acrylic on board.

 
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Whā Tāniko

Wha Taniko is inspired from a taniko pattern.

Taniko is a uniquely Maori variation of whatu (twining) and is used to weave the colourful, intricate borders of cloaks. In cloak-making, tāniko is used only for borders since the weave is too stiff to suit entire garments. Taniko is also used to make pari (bodices), tīpare (headbands), tapeka (sashes), tatua (belts), and taonga whakapaipai (jewellery).

500x500mm, acrylic on plywood board

 
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Poutama

900x300, Acrylic on Plywood board 

 
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Roimata Toroa | Taku (My) Tears

This is inspired from a tukutuku Design, Roimata Toroa (albatross tears) has alternate parallel rows in vertical blocks, while in a similar Whanganui design was shown as tuturu (leaking water) or turuturu (falling raindrops).
In the Ngāti Porou story of how the kumara came to New Zealand, the ancestor Pourangahua left his wife on the East Coast when he returned to Hawaiki to obtain the tubers. There, his tohunga Ruakapanga not only gave him baskets containing the kumara tubers but also two sacred birds, to help him return. He instructed Pourangahua that he must give prayers of thanksgiving on his safe arrival back in New Zealand, as well as prayers for the safe returns urn of the sacred birds back to Hawaiki, and for a bountiful kumara harvest. However, in his joy at being reunited with his beautiful wife, Pouranahua forgot his instructions. Later, he found the albatross birds weeping, their tears falling onto their breasts. One had been crying so long that its tears were just dripping, short tears. The other cried long tears - roimata toroa. Accordingly, for Ngāti Porou, the Roimata Turutururoimata turuturu design shows long and short tears. My tears are from the loss of my Mother and Sister recently, as they will never return.

(Tukutuku patterns vary considerably from iwi to iwi throughout the land. Certain designs are associated with particular iwi, some may have different names in different regions, or the names may be spelled in various ways. Many forms are related to mythologies, the stories about them vary from iwi to iwi)

Private collection

400x400mm, Acrylic on Plywood board 

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Koura Taniko

Koura (Gold) Taniko is inspired from a taniko pattern.

Taniko is a uniquely Maori variation of whatu (twining) and is used to weave the colourful, intricate borders of cloaks. In cloak-making, tāniko is used only for borders since the weave is too stiff to suit entire garments.

Taniko is also used to make pari (bodices), tīpare (headbands), tapeka (sashes), tatua (belts), and taonga whakapaipai (jewellery).

I donated this painting to Little Sprouts Charity. Sold this in the art auction at Pataka Art + Museum

 
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Kete Aronui

This was gifted to a special friend for her birthday. I always feel nervous when giving a painting as a gift... glad she loves it.

400x400mm Acrylic on plywood board

 
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Pātiki Matariki | Waitangi

I’ve called this Pātiki Matariki, as I’ve incorporated 7 stars in this painting. Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. When it rises in the north-eastern skies in late May or early June, it signals to Māori that the New Year will begin. In one tradition, Matariki is the whaea (mother) surrounded by her six daughters, Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi... I’ve put Matariki in the middle of this painting, surrounded by her daughters.

This particular Patiki tukutuku pattern displays a group of star near the Milky Way known as the “Coal Sack” This pattern portrays fine weather and good relationships. Pātiki (flounder) designs are based on the lozenge or diamond shape of the flounder fish. They can be quite varied in the basic shape. According to Ngāti Porou tradition, the pātikitiki significance relates to being able to provide 100% - not only for the husband, or the whānau, but for the whole iwi. It acknowledges the fact that women were always looking for ways to supplement their food supplies, even in the dark when the flounders came, while their men were sound asleep.

(Tukutuku patterns vary considerably from iwi to iwi throughout the land. Certain designs are associated with particular iwi, some may have different names in different regions, or the names may be spelled in various ways. Many forms are related to mythologies, the stories about them vary from iwi to iwi)

300x900mm, acrylic on board

 
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Pātiki

Inspired from the Pātiki tukutuku panel - Pātiki or pātikitiki (flounder) designs are based on the lozenge or diamond shape of the flounder fish. They can be quite varied within the basic shape. According to Ngāti Porou tradition, the pātikitiki significance relates to being able to provide 100% - not only for the husband, or the whānau, but for the whole iwi. It acknowledges the fact that women were always looking for ways to supplement their food supplies, even in the dark when the flounders came, while their men were sound asleep.

(Tukutuku patterns vary considerably from iwi to iwi throughout the land. Certain designs are associated with particular iwi, some may have different names in different regions, or the names may be spelled in various ways. Many forms are related to mythologies, the stories about them vary from iwi to iwi)

300x500mm, plywood panel

 
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Willman Whanau Ribs

Private collection

500x500mm, Acrylic on Plywood board 

 
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Hooke whanau Ribs

Gifted

400x400mm, Acrylic on Plywood board 

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nzTāniko

Stairway To Heaven 

Stairway To Heaven