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Exhibition

Robin Slow - A Kanoihi Whakarite

The series of works that follows become ‘nga kanohi whakarite’, visual metaphors for many different manu, past and present that we share the whenua with. They inhabited this land before nga tangata (people) and came forth with their own iwi, hapu and whanau. Their lives and ways have become our ways and being and we see ourselves reflected in and through them. We reflect this back in the korero, waiata, whakatauaki, whakarite, (speaking, song, dance, sayings, metaphors, figures of speech) that are part of our lived and present lives.

Wherever we go they were before us
Wherever we go we have damaged their place
If the wellness of birds is the wellness of the planet
What dare we make of their silence?

(Adrienne Meria)

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Hou
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Medium: Scraperboard, acrylic, inks
Dimensions:  70 cm x 45 cm approximately 

Hou
To bind, lash together, make peace
Tuhia ki te rangi
 Tuhia ki te whenua
 Tuhia ki te nga kau o nga tangata
 Ko te mea nui
 Ko te aroha
 Tihei Mauri Ora
Write it in the sky, write it in the land, write it in the hearts of the people. The greatest thing is love. Behold there is life!

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Karere
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Medium: Scraperboard,  acrylic, inks
Dimensions: 45 cm x 70 cm

Karere
Messengers
Potoitoi te manu I rere runga ō Hawaiki
The robin is the bird flown from Hawaiki.

 

Kawau
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Medium: Scraperboard, acrylic, inks
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Kawau
Oh shag, look to Rehua, to the eye that will not close.

 

 

Kawau-wai-maori
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Medium: Scraperboard, acrylic, inks
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Kawau-wai-maori
River dwelling shag.
E kore te kawau e meke i tōnu tu.
The shag will not move from its perch where it stands watching.

 

 

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Kea
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Medium: Scraperboard, acrylic, inks
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Kea
Kaitiaki of the Waitaha people while moving across Te Wai Pounamu.

 

 

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Kerikeritanga
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Medium: Scraperboard, acrylic, inks
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Kerikeritanga
There is the story told of the battle of the birds. The event started between the Kawau-wai-maori (river shag) and Kawau-wai-tai (sea shag). This event placed the areas and attributes of different manu within the areas they maintain today.

 

 

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Kōkako
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Medium: Scraperboard, acrylic, inks
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Kōkako
Kōkako filled his wattles with water to give to Maui after his battle with the sun and as a reward Maui stretched his legs to allow him to move about in the water without getting too wet. This is why the kokako prefers to leap and hop rather than fly.

 

 

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Manumea
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Medium: Scraperboard, acrylic, Inks
Dimensions: 45 cm x 70 cm approx

Manumea
The name of a sacred bird with red feathers.
E ai ō harihari, hei rere mai.
You have the wings to fly here.

 

 

Manutukutuku
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Medium: Scraperboard, Inks/gold leaf
Dimensions: 65 cm x 47 cm approx.

Manutukutuku
The messengers to and from the Atua.

 

Maui
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Medium: Scraperboard, acrylic, inks
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Maui
Maui the great ‘shape-shifter’ approached his mother in the form of a white Kereru.

 

Raukura
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Raukura
Plume of the ocean (white feathers reminding of the white tips of the ocean waves).


 

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Te Manu a Maui
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Te Manu a Maui
Maui’s bird
The shining cuckoo and the grey warbler were the two birds sent from the spirit world to Aotearoa by the ancestors as messengers to advise on the planting season and when it should start.
He wharauroa ngā kere ō mauru.
He pīpīwharauroa is the messenger of the north-westwind.
Pēnei me te pīpīwharauroa.
Just like a shining cuckoo, said of a father who has abandoned his children and allows others to rear them.

 

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