Print: Mana Wahine – Cameo Black by Bronwyn Waipuka

Giclee – printed on A2 archival , 100% cotton using pigment inks. Unframed. Each print is personally signed and numbered.


Feathers were highly valued by traditional Maori women as a symbol of status and beauty. In contrast, European women valued the cameo because of its connection to Kings and Queens. Two taonga (treasures), different cultures, similar meaning.

Many manu (birds) were regarded as kaitiaki (guardians) to traditional Maori people. Manu hold a feminine and angelic quality, however, the presence of the Hokioi (Haast’s Eagle) is a symbolic reminder of the strength, endurance and spiritual power that all females, young and old, possess.

About the artist:

Ngati Kahungunu Ki Wairarapa, Rangitane, Ngati Porou

Kia ora Koutou,

Art has been a significant part of my life for the past 14 years. Largely self-taught, my experiences have included exhibitions both in Australia and New Zealand.

My current style and medium is in the form of graphic illustration. Recent themes and concepts for my work have evolved around Mana Wahine (women of strength) with particular emphasis on Papatuanuku (Mother Earth). With many of my female images I like to create a kind of ‘multiple’ story telling, stories that not only portray strong female characters, but have that historical or mythical Maori element to them.

Inspiration comes from reading about leading women in Maori history, Atua Wahine and female role models within my own Whanau and Whakapapa. Influences have also come from my interest in researching and learning about the affects of post colonialism on Maori culture.

I am very fortunate to be doing something I am passionate about which is largely due to the love and support of my husband, Richard. I am also grateful for the ongoing encouragement and praise from Whanau, friends and those who continue to be inspired by my work.

Nga mihi nui – Bronwyn Waipuka

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