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Parekura’s Feather Trail (Sunnah Thompson and Thomas Barter)

Parekura's Feather Trail

Parekura's Feather Trail

The walkways around Henderson have decorative ceramic inserts with explanatory tiles. On the Opanuku Walkway we find the story of Parekura’s Feather Trail. The plaque has this to say:

“Parekura’s Feather Trail

Artist: Sunnah Thompson 2009

This artwork commemorates the story of the abduction of Parekura – an ancestor of Te Kawerau A Maki – by Nihotupu of the Turehu people.…

Pou Whenua: Glen Eden

Pou Whenua: Glen Eden

Pou Whenua: Glen Eden

This pou stands outside Glen Eden Library (map), and a flyer about the library has this explanation:

“The Pou Whenua is carved from a single piece of kauri timber and stands 6 metres tall. The top figure in a strong haka pose represents the time when power to hold life and land was mostly physical.…

Pou Whenua: Hinerangi

Pou Whenua: Hinerangi

Pou Whenua: Hinerangi

This pou depicts Hinerangi gazing out over the sea, mourning her husband who had been taken by the waves while fishing the treacherous waters of the Tasman Sea. The carving is by Sunnah Thompson of Te Kawerau a Maki, recently unveiled (April 21, 2011).…

Pou Whenua: Tiriwa at Arataki

Tiriwa

Tiriwa

Tiriwa is an ancester of the local Maori tribe, the Kawerau a Maki. Their name for the Waitakere Ranges is “Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa” (The Great Forest of Tiriwa). The main carver of this pou, situated out the back of the Arataki Visitor Centre, is Sunnah Thompson, showing a minimalist styling in this pou.…

600 Years Old …

Sunnah Thompson, Vern Rosieur, Ian Strongman

Sunnah Thompson, Vern Rosieur, Ian Strongman

… is the timber (kauri, sourced from West Auckland) which is transformed by master carvers into a door lintel which will take its place in the new Auckland Council Civic Building in Albert Street (see my post April 3, 2015).…

Sacred Chisels

Sunnah Thompson at Work

Sunnah Thompson at Work

Once again Nga Whaotapu o Tāmaki Makaurau (The Sacred Chisels of Tāmaki Makaurau) are showing their craft at the Silo Six Pack, Wynyard Quarter. When I visited, master carver Sunnah Thompson was at work on a carving of Tiriwa (one of the ancestors of the Tamaki a Maki tribe), destined to go to Glen Eden Primary School.…

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