She welcomes the beat of an unborn heart. Her belief in the ways of truth and duty, offer her the grace to accept that as matriarch over her domain, she is Queen Bee. Inspired by Witi Ihimaera's character Ramona in 'Bulibasha' and the landscapes of the Gisborne region.
With colonisation, peoples of the land are inextricably forced into a position of change. Cultures combine as a river flows to an uncertain destiny. The kohine awaits the current of innevitability, carrying her away to a life unknown.
With time, small treasures of a by-gone era slip out of sight and into memory. Cars were cool, summers were hot, the high point of a day was a trip to the dairy and everything I wanted could be bought for a dollar.
The laws of the pavement are universal, all manner of beings creep along its path where 'might is right'. However, make it back to your own drive of hallowed ground with knowledge of hidden ammo and high pressure hose and just maybe as a last resort, a mother with a voice to peel paint with. Who would dare cross into that abyss.
As bushman and tracker for Brunner, Heaphy and Fox, Kehu's job was to keep the party alive as they arduously chartered the north-west of Te Wai Pounamu. Heaphy concluded that Kehu was worth his weight in tobacco! - The perfect bushman.
The kiwi, known as the eldest child of Tane Mahuta, (Lord of the forest), is said to offer an older sibling's protection. Here the kiwi connects with a spirit of the land in acknowledgement of their place of standing and belonging.