“Te Kea or Mountain Parrot is depicted as a guardian bird. This bird is cheeky and animated reminding me of the Maui character whose escapades prescribe customary protocols handed down through generations—taonga tuku ihu treasures handed down.”
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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