Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Whaea Rangatira • November Moon: Mother of Chieftanship


Kaitiaki (guardian) of leadership, mother of beauty and grace, personal integrity and inner strength. She instructs us to be our personal best, how to search and find new paths, to growing and learning and how to lead through example.

June Northcroft Grant

June Northcroft Grant



Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa, Tuhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao

(1949- )

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.”