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The Arrival

The Arrival




This painting was inspired by the journey Maori had on their voyage from Hawaiiki to Aotearoa (New Zealand) this is a piece that celebrates the common association that people have made over the years with the word Aotearoa which in translation means “the land of the long white cloud”

Te Mete has articulately created a mystical scene upon “the arrival” of Maori in Aotearoa over 2000 years ago. This Artwork is depicted in the land of Whakatohea with the arrival of the Mataatua Waka with the Raukumara Hills in the background situated on the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

There is a Taiaha in the painting which is a traditional weapon of Maori made of wood; Te Mete has painted it speared in the sand on the beach of Waiotahi that represents Maori taking claim to their land. Taiaha are usually between 5 to 6 feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) in length. They have three main parts: the arero (tongue), used for stabbing the opponent and parrying, the upoko (head), the base from which the tongue protrudes, and the ate (liver) or tinana (body), the long flat blade which is also used for striking and parrying.

The painterly style of this artwork encompasses a new world tone using the royal colour purple which is subtly used to enrich and enhance the wonder of arriving to a new land.


Limited edition archival canvas prints are available.

Archival prints are stretched on a wooden frame.


Size: 760mm x 510mm.


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