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  • Detail from: Withdrawal of Te Urewera as a National Park and a new Legislation called Te Urewera Act 2013

    Maker: Aimee Ratana
    Hand stitched woollen blanket, felt, thread
  • Tame Iti’s arrest Ruatoki Raids 2007. Labelled by media as Tuhoe Terrorists. Government enforced Terrorist Suppression Act. 2012

    Maker: Aimee Ratana
    Materials: Hand stitched woollen blanket, felt, thread, 1900 x 1350mm (hxw)

Te Mana Motuhake

15 June 2013 - 31 July 2013

She is however, optimistic about the future and the possibility of a better relationship between the Crown and the Tūhoe people after the very recent signing of the Deed of Settlement in June 2013. In her most recent work, birds such as Kōkako, Tui, and Kererū represent Ngā Tamariki o Tane-nui-a-rangi, - children of Tane-nui-a rangi, god of forests and birds - and symbolise both the present and the future:

“While we look forward to the growth of our iwi, we remember our tūpuna (ancestors) and the hardships they endured. [The ancestors] are represented by the Huia, the prestigious bird that once flourished in the Huiarau ranges within Te Urewera.”

Aimee Ratana completed a Masters in Māori Visual Arts at Massey University, Palmerston North in 2006. She was a recipient of the Te Waka Toi tertiary scholarship in 2004 and a finalist in the 2005 Trust Waikato Contemporary Art Awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally.