Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Whaea Kaikōrero • January Moon: Mother of Languages


Kaitiaki (guardian) of the spoken words, trees, stones, mother of nature, and aruhe (fern root). She honours te porohito (cycles), rhythms, seasonal changes and weather.

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.”