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The Maori Legend of Muriwai began when the Mataatua Waka arrived at Kakahoroa, the men went to survey the interior for settlement and left Muriwai in charge of the Women’s Waka. Whilst the men were away, the river being tidal, started to come in and the Waka become buoyant with the lapping of the rising and falling tide.

Muriwai was resting in a cave when the call was given to her that the incoming tide had re-floated the waka. After several calls, Muriwai finally replied that in adding my assistance to haul the canoe in from the coming tide, “I embody the strength of a man”, thus the name 'Whakatane" (township situated in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand) - to stand up and act like a man.

Te Mete was inspired by the story of Muruwai and captured the moment when Muriwai said “I embody the strength of a man” before she saved the Waka – the Legend transcends tones of inner strength and belief that even in the most impossible challenges, anything is possible.

The two flowers growing on the same stem are symbolic of life and energy whilst in the background there is a an island called Motuhora (Whale Island) in the distance that is familiar to many who pass through Matata, Whakatane and Opotiki , New Zealand


Limited edition archival canvas prints are available.

Archival prints are stretched on a wooden frame.


Size: 760mm x 510mm.


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Muriwai Saves The Waka