"A dawn karakia with Whaea Jane Mihingarangi Ruka Ngatipakau, Ngapuhi, Waitaha. On 23rd March 2020 just days before the level 4 lockdown was announced I asked my mother to perform a karakia on the point overlooking the gannet colony. The purpose was to send the film out to our family and friends who were living in the countries most affected by COVID19. At 76 years old, she is a mountain climber and often walks the Waitakere tracks, I knew the hill would be a minimal effort on her part. We started out before day break and climbed the hill. We could hear the voices of the gannets drawing closer and as we walked she began to chant. The karakia was impromptu and we both did not expect that the karakia would be in the style that came forward. During the karakia, she asks Tāwhirimatea and Tangaroa to carry her prayer to help those who are in trouble and those who are in need. To take care of and bless the children in these troubled times.”
Camera / Edit / Video: Tanya RukaShot at Muriwai Gannet Colony, Auckland
A latticework of imagery designed to protect tupuna maunga from proposed mining operations.
Images of seabird migration are combined with digital weaving and mōteatea (song poetry, traditionally chanted).