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TE AHO MAUMAHARA

'Sacred Strand of Memories'

Devonport Library

Auckland - NZ

 

This work honours Princess Te Puea Herangi and her peaceful opposition to the imprisonment of Waikato men at Fort Takapuna who refused to be conscripted.

The two strands of puhirere - feather garlands hung from the taurapa or sternpost of a war canoe honour Te Kei o Te Waka Tainui, the sternpost of the Tainui canoe of which this area forms part.  The sculpture references the resonance of the ancient karakia, Pai Marire which were chanted by Te Puea and her female companions at 7am in the morning and 7pm in the evening to those men imprisoned.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Models  David Sheilds

Sculpture Howard Williams, Matt Smith