by Pankhurst Gallery



This was my first Maori painting. I loved every moment I spent looking at it and painting it.  Historically, Tiki was an important leader of the Ngati Whakaue people; the weapon in Tiki's hand denotes him as a great warrior. Tiki was originally carved as one of the gateways to Pukeora Pa on the hill above Ohinemutu in Rotorua.