‘Nga Karengo o te moana’ & ‘Nga Rau Hua Moa ’

Artist: Māia Farry Patterson & Neku Muru Farry
Materials: Printing ink on paper

Te Awara, Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kuri &
Te Awara, Tainui, Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri

$115 each - all sold

These works are a collaborative printmaking effort by Maia and Neko. They explore the important kaupapa ‘Tai Ora’, the wellbeing of our oceans and marine life.

The seaweed prints are inspired by Maori kaimoana/seafood traditions. Karengo (edible seaweed) was an important supplement to the winter diet of Māori because of its high nutritional value. The practice of cultivating and collecting Karengo is enjoying a renaissance at the moment. It is important to give thanks for the bounty and nourishment and that Tangaroa provides. It is a reminder to do our best to keep our oceans clean and pure, to sustain and preserve the precious kaimoana.

The banana palm leaf prints are inspired by our ties to Nga Motu Pasifika (the Pacific Islands) scattered across Te Moana nui a Kiwa (the great ocean of Kiwa).

The majority of banana plants found in gardens all around Aotearoa originate from Samoa and the Cook Islands. It is a privilege to be able to grow and eat these nourishing hua rakau, to remember their roots and in turn our own connections to the Pacific nations.

Kia ora & Fa’afetai ki a Sheyne Tuffery, a massive thanks for the time, teachings and energy given.