What made you feel connected to this work?
For me, a lot of my personal work is about mana wāhine and kaitiakitanga, preserving te taiao.
I like to mix those principles together, so this is very much sort of in that vein. I have a connection to Māpihi through Kāti Māmoe, so when I was approached for this Kaupapa I was like, yes, this is tika, this is my jam!
There was a couple of months planning and drafting, and then the painting itself took about three weeks and it’s my largest scale project so far. I reached really deep with this.
Murals are an opportunity to recognise and mark sites of significance, celebrating mana whenua mātauranga. To see more of Izzy Joy’s work, you can visit her website.
This mahi highlights the presence of the living, breathing Waimapihi stream, one of the many streams hidden beneath Pōneke's surface. It will be an exciting future when all of Pōneke's awa hold presence above the ground surface, to be acknowledged by all.