Kaitiaki (guardian) of tomorrow’s dreams and goals, the kaitiaki of the needs of the next seven generations. Kaitiaki of the Earth’s resources. She instructs us to use ancient teachings, wisdom and knowledge to ensure future generations — she is the kaitiaki of what is happening now to our Mother Earth.
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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