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This piece was funded by New Zealand Government Organisation - Creative New Zealand in 2014 – In support of Te Mete’s Solo Art Exhibition “Pa Kowhai – The Eye of Opotiki” Celebrating the beauty and culture of the Whakatohea and Opotiki region. 18 of 22 pieces were sold on Opening, making it one of the most successful shows of his career Two kererū Love Birds fly above the road in what is one of New Zealands most adored and iconic sites… The Pohutukawa Tree (New Zealand Christmas Tree) growing over roads. The New Zealand pigeon or kererū (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) is a bird endemic to New Zealand. Māori call it kererū in most of the country but kūkupa and kūkū in some parts of the North Island, particularly in Northland. Commonly called wood pigeon,they are distinct from the wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) of the Northern Hemisphere, which is a member of a different genus.


Kererū are known to have one mate (partner) during their lifetime. They perform spectacular mating displays, flying high into the air from a perch, then diving steeply before pulling out of the headlong fall.


The painterly style of this artwork encompasses great detail and transcendental tones of dark and light, a distinct familiar tone the artist invests in his work, Te Met says “ I remember growing up as a kid watching Kereru flying in front of our house and resting on a couple Pohutukawa trees… they always seemed to possess some sort of magic about them, especially when you hear them fly the sound is enchanting"


"Over the years I’ve travelled all over New Zealand and I’ve driven under many Pohutukawa trees growing over the roads, even main highways, they are iconic to NZ and they always remind me of home and watching the Kereru rest”


Limited edition archival canvas prints are available.

Archival prints are stretched on a wooden frame.


Size: 760mm x 510mm.


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Two Kereru Flying in the Pohutukawa Tunnel