Seven Waka came into Te Atatū

This piece is part of the 2016 Te Atatu Harbourview Sculpture Trail (5-28 March 2016).

The purpose of Seven Waka came into Te Atatū is to create a feeling of Kotahitanga – coming together as one. The work combines traditional and contemporary practices, reflects on past journeys, celebrates the present, and contemplates future possibilities for our tamariki (children).

Set in the beautiful natural surroundings of Te Atatū, each waka represents the individuals that make up a community. In order to achieve our full potential, we need to keep hold of the principles of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of natural resources and the values of Māori and First Nation people.

Each waka has two main symbols: one early carved Māori symbol connecting it to Tangata Whenua (the people of the land) and the other symbol connecting First Nation cultures from around the world.

The different timbers used also brings together different traditions and cultures, both from overseas and Aotearoa New Zealand. The sculpted mast in the waka aims to symbolise the hope and joy of tamariki, that they may be able to connect freely with the land and their culture, whilst also holding onto the values of Māori people, in particular Te Kawerau a Maki (the local iwi or tribe).

Medium: Pine, Jarrah, Puriri, Totara, Pohutukawa, acrylic paint
Size: 2200mm H x 800mm W x 2000-3000mm L
Price: $14,000 group of 7 or $2,500 each (commissions available)