“Te Raukura is about memories of ancient times. The extinct giant eagle or Hokioi is depicted as a guardian. It was the largest eagle in the world and was eradicated by early hunters. The red feather refers to values, leadership and tribal distinctions.”
Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa, Tuhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao
June graduated from the Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua with a Diploma of Craft Design in 1989. Inspired by her ancestors and their art, she continues the tradition for the future generations of her family. Her work is often interwoven with powerful figures and stories from her tribal histories. She says, “Each time I paint the story of one amazing tupuna (ancestor), another comes to light with yet another fascinating contribution to the histories of the tribe.”
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