Drawing Exhibition work

Posted: May 30, 2012 in New Stuff

The story of Te Huripuureiata was fascinating to me from the perspective of Ruatapu.  What could happen to someone to go from a boy who plays with his brothers, to a young man filled with enough anger to plot and carry out the killing of them??

The story of the battle of Te Huripuureiata.
About Ruatapu leading his brothers out to sea to kill them off so he could be the heir. Where Paikea called the whales to save him.

Unfortunately you cannot read the writing on the drawing from the photo but it is as follows;

And Ruatapu did bludgeon his brothers
And their blood did stain the sea
And Paikea did pray
And Paikea did receive
The Whales did come
And Ruatapu did perish
And his sins born of pain envy and greed
Soaked in the blood of the sea.


Found some more 2011 works

Posted: May 30, 2012 in Old Stuff

Is funny how you can totally forget about some completed works when, at the time, they took up most of your world . . . I was going through the camera to upload some more photos of this years activities and found two more of my favourites from last year.

Following are photos of the mural I completed for Gisborne Y Kids childcare centre on Roebuck Road.  Is the biggest work I have done so far and I love it.  Was a challenge and I learnt a huge amount, including, protecting work for outdoor longevity, and mounting it safely (children play around it all the time).

The next photo is of the first woodcut I have ever done

Is a comment on the importance of mothers and their amazingly important role of making their children feel important and special in the world.

I was supposed to post weekly but have been caught up in the whirlwind that is life and drama and have neglected blogging.

My humblest apologies . . .Have decided to make up for it with daily posts for a while until I can take it no longer.  Posts on works I have completed this year to date, and what I am currently working on, so let’s get started . . . .tomorrow . . . . have to take photos!!

Favourite 2011 Works

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Old Stuff

This is about inter-generational abuse.
How in my view, a mother has the ultimate responsibility of the protection of her children in all ways.

An “ups” to our Pacific brothers and sisters who have made the trek to New Zealand to make a new home.
More personally it is about my own children’s heritage through their grandfather
coming from Niue in the 1960’s.
My nephew and niece whose grandparents came from Samoa.
And my other nephew whose grandparents came from the Cook Islands in the 1970’s.

Translated it means “To Pour in the Beauty”.
Pouring into your children all the good stuff you have to help them in their lives, with a ripple effect of continuance.

The Lovers.
How we meet someone and twine our lives around each other so much it is impossible to imagine our lives without them.

A Niuean word meaning to take particular care, to look after well.
Is about my own family – husband and children. Their individual personalities and our need to support each other.
Individually we are okay, but as a unit we are stunning!

SOLD Commissioned work
The story of two people who met and twined their lives around each other.

Brand New

Posted: March 27, 2012 in About me

Tena koutou katoa

Ko Christie Tawhai Patumaka toku ingoa

My foundations are Rongowhakaata, Ngaati Kahungungu, Rangitaane.

I have lived in Gisborne for the last 14 years, have three wonderful children and a mostly lovely husband, two dogs and two cats!

2012 is my 3rd year as a student of Toihoukura – school of Maaori Visual Art and Design.


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