By Melissa Linton, Kaikawe Kōrero/Te Pae Oranga Coordinator
After seeing Tamaiti Tairaki (Te Pae Oranga participant) come to life when speaking about Maori art and design, he was asked as part of his agreement to design a piece of art which represented his life and what was going on for him at that point in time. He was then asked to present it to Te Pae Oranga at the following panel.
His art piece represents the conflict and relationship between his inner darkness and light. The left panel represents darkness and the right panel represents light. The triangles around the circle in the middle represent death (black) and life (white). The symbols around the outside are Love, Life, Breath and Death.The pride he had in presenting this piece to us was obvious for all to see. He and his whānau are so proud. He has since started a carving course.