Kaumatua memorialised

Standing with a large mural of Karitane kaumatua Hoani Matiu (1854-1944), painted by Tauranga...
Standing with a large mural of Karitane kaumatua Hoani Matiu (1854-1944), painted by Tauranga-based artist Mister G yesterday are (from left) Zayvia Parata (16), of Palmerston, Nikki Lees (12), of Waikouaiti, Miriama (9) and Kelly-Rhain (7 months) Parata-Noema, of Palmerston, and Taine Parker (15), of Waikouaiti, at the Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki (Huirapa sub-tribal council at Puketeraki) office at Karitane. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
To mark a recent visit to Karitane by a big group of youngsters from Hastings, a street artist has painted a striking mural of a Karitane elder.

Internationally-respected street artist Graham Hoete, of Tauranga — known as Mr G — has recently established links with a Hastings youth development trust, Te Taitimu Trust.

Huirapa runaka (sub-tribal council) manager Suzanne Ellison said the artist had created a large scale portrait of a Karitane kaumatua, Hoani Matiu (1854-1944).

Ms Ellison said Mr G's specialty was "portraiture using spray paint and his works can be found throughout New Zealand and internationally.

"The subject, Hoani Matiu, was renowned for his knowledge of Kai Tahu and he was someone who was very
concerned that young people in his day were rapidly losing touch with their culture and understanding where they belonged," she said.

The artwork was a "wonderful koha" and a "stunning work", which strongly brought back to mind the story of Hoani Matiu, she said.

Add a Comment