Tane Mahuta for Stewart Hohepa - Ohaeawai Northland
Rā Maumahara ⚔️ Saturday was New Zealand’s first official day of remembrance - Rā Maumahara - as a day dedicated to remembering the New Zealand wars. This work is my own representation of the bloody battle Haowhenua (named after the Pa site) that occurred in 1834 right here at this exact place. Haowhenua was fought between local and newly displaced migrating iwi’s from around the North Island - Ngati Raukawa, multiple iwi from Taranaki (Ngati Tama, Ngati Haupoto hapu and Ngati Ruanui to name a few) as well as members from Waikato iwi coming to help fight. Fighting was fierce and many died. An uneasy and short truce was signed between Te Ati Awa and Ngati Ruakawa but in 1839 another battle broke out further down the Kapiti coast. October 28th was the date chosen for Rā Maumahara as this coincides with the date of the Declaration of Independence signed in 1835. The exact middle of the piece is where the two sides collided in battle and each side is the opposing groups battling each other. The colours representing blood, flesh bone, muskets and various weapons used in fighting.
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