Artist: Kerewai Wanakore & Kathy Nathan from Katikati

Year: 1999

Medium: Wpven Tapestry

Size: 3 sq m

This plaited and woven panel tells the story of the descendants of the great Mataatua waka (canoe) and in particular the Whakapapa of the local hapu (sub-tribe) – the ancestors and family lines of Ngaitamawhariua. Many descendants still live in the area today and their story is represented by symbols, displaying traditional weaving skills and fibres in a modern theme.

Among the symbols are the kereru (wood pigeon) depicting the ancestor, kete (three baskets of knowledge), Tutaetake (the island) which is a burial ground for local families and aihe (dolphin) representing the two white dolphins which entered the Te Rereatukahia estuary in the early 1940’s and stayed for a period of time.

The weavers and Katikati Open-Air Art acknowledge the willingness of families to share knowledge passed down by kaumatua (respected elders) the late Keremete and Kimioranga Bluegum and the late Manuera Wharekawa. The contribution of the Roretana (Rolleston), Kuka, Murray, Clarke, Bluegum and Tukaki families is also acknowledged.