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July 14, 2014

PAINTING ON AUCTION: 7pm – 11pm 26th of July, Blue Baths, GOVT Gardens, Rotorua


Proceeds going to GALA Fundraiser.
2 Archival prints and the original will be on Auction.
Tickets Available from or the Labour Lounge, 1243 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua (07) 562 4017


Title: “Tamati Coffey. Manawa”
Medium: Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Size: 1010mm x 760mm

“Tamati Coffey. Manawa” is a stylised portrait that evokes an affection of hope to encourage people to believe.

Te Mete was asked to create a piece of Artwork for Tamati’s Labour Campaign in 2014. The piece is deliberately abstracted and simplified in a minimalistic manner. The colors have symbolic meaning:

• Red and White symbolises the Labour political party
• Yellow caramel symbolises the mix of ethnicities
• Navy Blue symbolises Strength.


The word “Manawa” is a maori word, which means

1. (noun) heart (seat of affections). Greeting, Welcome, 
2. Manawa Ora (noun) – Hope
3. Toitoi Manawa (verb) To motivate, inspire, encourage, incite

Tamati Gerald Coffey (born 19 September 1979) is a New Zealand politician and former television host and presenter. He was the roving weather presenter for TVNZ's breakfast television programme Breakfast and the host of New Zealand's Got Talent.

He has also worked on children's television show What Now, and was the winner of New Zealand's Dancing With The Stars in 2009. In 2014 he was named the Labour Party candidate for the Rotorua electorate at the 2014 general election.


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