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Ridge of the Pacific

1500mm x 300mm

Purple heart, copper and paua

This artwork speaks about the migration back and forth around the pacific.

When the early Europeans’ arrived in the pacific they could not believe that every boat they had come across had sails and some even dwarf their ships.

Ocean bearing waka that travelled throughout the pacific, as far as Rapanui (Easter Islands) the designs of the sails, which was very unique and distinctive. 

The language throughout the pacific was very common, hence leading to a common ancestry.  

All our navigation is based on nature and it was our highways along with the came the stories of Mata Ariki (Eyes of the Ariki)

Mata Ariki played a very strong part in the voyagers’ navigational process.


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Artist Bio

Natanahira Te Pona

Born and bred in Tūrangi, Natanahira Pona explores the world of Te Ao Māori as a skilled wood sculptor. He graduated from Rotorua’s Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, leaving to work with councils, schools, local businesses and private institutions. His commissions span from monuments to whakairo-inspired community shelters invigorated by his technical skills.

Te Pona shares his cultural knowledge, attending symposiums across Aotearoa New Zealand as well as representing Aotearoa in the 2016 Nepal World Wood Symposium. Currently Natanahira is a kaiako at Lake House Art Centre as a resident carver.

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