WHENUA SERIES – TUKUTUKU PATTERN MEANING
Te Kaitiaki o te Wairua i roto - The guardian of the spirit within by Lane Hawkins
This artwork depicts the coming together of four iwi - Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Koata as Wakatū Incorporation. It highlights their journey from Te Ika a Māui in the north to Te Wai Pounamu in the south, and their growth in Te Tauihu, the top of the South Island.
The artwork uses two traditional weaving patterns, Pātikitiki, represented as a diamond form, and Kaokao, represented as a parallel chevron. The Pātikitiki pattern symbolises good weather and hospitality. The Kaokao pattern represents the work ethic and physical endeavours of the people of Wakatū, through their various enterprises such as their food and drinks business Kono.