Toa I (2020)


by Baye Riddell

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Ruataupare



460 h x 420 w x 140 d mm

We are a warrior culture. This series symbolizes qualities of true warriorship – courage, skill, protectiveness, kinship, alertness, respect, integrity, honour, self-sacrifice, discipline, strength…


These are qualities still needed for our people to overcome difficulties and preserve the values and culture handed down by our tīpuna. The battles are many – economic, cultural, social, environmental, spiritual…


“Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui!”
“Be strong, be brave, be resolute!”