Kaitiaki (guardian) of equality, justice, laws of the Atua (divine law), responsibility, her wisdoms influence how to use personal integrity, ethics and values to find healing solutions. There are many influences in this painting, the orcas (killerwhales) representing a personal story about their appearance being a tohu or a sign of my daughter’s haputanga (pregnancy).
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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