" This large monochromatic painting is from the ' He Whakamaharatanga - A memorial to the people ' series begun in 1996. The tipuna were researched from early photographs to typify nineteenth century Maori women who could have been alive in 1896 when the Maori population ebbed to an all time low of 39.854 people. The dynamic image of the Maori woman boldly confronts the viewer, a true survivor and antecedent of modern Maori. In the background of the portrait are repeated census statistics and the years concerned . "
Kahukiwa - Born -1940 Maori (Ngati Porou, Te Atianga-a-Hauiti,
Ngati Hau, Ngati Konohi, Whanau - a - Ruataupare)
Based in Rotorua, Kahukiwa is a leading Maori artist who has done much to raise awareness of Contemporary Maori art on the world stage. A staunch supporter of Maori rights and the power and prestige of Maori women, she has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over thirty years and has works in major museum collections world-wide. Her latest project is ' Mauri Ora ' a forthcoming exhibition of new work which will tour ten museum venues in NZ from september 2001. As well as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture Kahukiwa writes and illustrates children's books. "My art is about Mana Maori, and the affirmation of Maori identity. It is based on our earliest traditions while marking our cultural continuance in Te Ao Hurihuri, today's world".