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Moana ki te Whenua; Sea to the Land

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Moana ki te Whenua; Sea to the Land | Alexis Neal 

“When I think about Te moana nui a kiwa and Tangaroa our guardian of the sea, I imagine an underwater world of navigating mammals travelling from land to land by sea. My ancestors all arrived by waka / boat with a whaling history married into my whakapapa from the coastline of Picton and Waikawa. Across the wider Pacific the use of whale bone and tooth has culturally been used as a material in personal adornment, signifying chiefly status of mana and tangata whenua, our people. For me it talks about cultural diversity and our relationship to our land and sea. ‘It was an obvious choice to depict a whale tooth held by seaweed as a necklace as if to carry our ancestors from shore to shore’.


These new prints are an extension of my ‘Ka mua ka muri’ series; looking back to move forward, using upcycled plates, reshaping them to create new forms and new narratives. The shaping of Taonga / artefacts, personal adornment and weaponry has been a long-standing interest. The influence of the natural world seems obvious, not just in the materials used for such items, but in the bird like forms that have inspired weaponry and tools shaped for a purpose. “The design and function are skilfully blended, with the suspension hole doubling as the eye of the bird”. Icon nga taonga, Te Papa press 2004-5. Elements of blood red adorn the work as a reference to Hei tiki, in human form. Artefacts talk about the hand of the maker, their tribal connections, and their personal story, leaving their mark behind. Artefacts hold wairua, a sense of identity, act as a portal into our past, a piece of history that tells us a story, who might have created it and where did its journey begin, a taonga / treasure, handed down to who?


The hand of the artist is evident, handmade editioned pulled prints, leaving my signature mark behind”.

Limited Edition of 15
Lithography & Soft-ground etching
Printed upon - Hahnemuhle Paper

UNFRAMED - Width - 300mm x Height - 400mm

FRAMED - Width - 400mm x Height - 500mm


Please Note - This print has been framed with a near-matching backing board - NOT with a white backing board as displayed. The in-situ mock up is an example of visual representation within an environment and does not truly reflect the size of the framed prints. Please refer to the measurements above for the exact size of this unframed print.

Please allow up to 10 working days for us to organise framing.


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Moana ki te Whenua; Sea to the Land
Moana ki te Whenua; Sea to the Land
Moana ki te Whenua; Sea to the Land

Caring for your artwork

HANGING YOUR ART - Where possible, hang your artwork with two wall mounted hangers fixed to wall studs or wall anchors when necessary. Do not hang your artwork in direct sunlight or in a room with large temperature variations.

CLEANING -  Clean glass with a non-ammonia based glass cleaner with a microfiber cloth. Avoid spraying cleaner directly on the artwork. Dust your paintings & frames with a clean, soft rag occasionally to prevent dust build-up. Do not use cleaning products or water.

LOCATION - Hang your artworks away from very busy & possibly messy areas. Over time, artworks can accumulate a thin layer of dust, pollutants & airborne grime. Display your artworks in a less exposed area affected by these.

STORAGE - Prevent accidents & store your artworks away from anything that may press against the surface. Do not cover artworks with plastic for long periods of time. If there is humidity in the air, they may start to grow mold. Cotton sheets are best for keeping dust away.

PREVENTION - Try avoid subjecting your artworks to extreme changes in atmosphere. Avoid excessive dryness, humidity, heat or cold. Check the condition of your artworks periodically. Once hung up there is a tendency to forget about it until noticeable damage has occurred. If you notice the artwork is fading or cracking, move it to a better place & avoid further damage.

WE CAN HELP - If your artwork does get damaged, return the piece back to The Poi Room and we can advise the best course of action for you.


Items couriered within New Zealand will be delivered to the address specified within 2 – 5 working days.  However, if the product is not in stock we will advise on availability and delivery. Generally  goods delivered nationally and internationally will be couriered using GoSweetSpot and as such, delivery times vary. 

Certain framed Prints, Paintings and High Value sculpture will be shipped outside of Auckland through Pack and Send which are professional boxed and insured. These packages within the Auckland area will be hand delivered by our own steam.

Goods delivered internationally may be subject to the relevant duties and taxes applied by the country the goods are delivered to. These duties and taxes shall be the responsibility of the recipient of the goods.

Please note all there will be an additional 10 days delivery for framed prints.

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