Acrylic on Canvas
122x91.5cm (48 x 36in)
The war canoe (wakas) were sunk to conceal them when the war parties were raiding neighbouring tribes. They didn't always win. Even today some are being discovered where they lay hidden. The setting is the Kahikatea Forest beside Arahaki Lagoon, Whirinaki Forest Park, Central North Island. The Kotuku bird is rising up into the dawn.