Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Whaea Kahurangi • 13th Moon: Mother of Beauty — Transformation Cycle


Blue Moon of Transformation

Kaitiaki (guardian) of transformation and transmutation. The kaitiaki of the emergence of the spirit into the physical form, kaitiaki of personal whakapapa (histories), rights of passage. She epitomizes hidden beauty and talents and is transformed beneath the face visible to the world. Hineruru the guardian owl has power to protect, warn and advise.

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.”