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Ariana said the land had a symbiotic relationship with people that was necessary for our existence.
Connections to Papatuanuku were important in her own whanau.
Her mother was a keen gardener and this had influenced her appreciation of our land and ocean.
New Zealanders were so fortunate to live here, where sea and mountains are close and form our special environment, Ariana said.
She used Ngai Tahu traditional patterns to represent and strengthen the Maori side of her work.