The Whanganui River is the lifeblood of the Māori. The tribes of Whanganui take their name, their spirit and their strength from the great river, which flows from the mountains of the central North Island in New Zealand to the Tasman Sea. In 1996 I spent 6 months in the middle and upper reaches of the Whanganui River in an area known as the King Country. Here I met Māori who were in the process of de-colonising their people and returning to their ancestral land, Mangapapapa on the steep banks of the river inside Whanganui National Park. At the end of my journey I was given a Māori name Pouma Pokai-Whenua. Returning 20 years later to rekindle our spiritual kinship Te Ahi Kā explores the physical and metaphysical relationship between a river and its ancestors, between Māori and me.
Te Ahi Kã, the photobook will be available soon for pre-sales here.
Nā Te Ponga e Kawa
Ngā Ngarehu a Kāinga
Leave for the lonely ponga tree
To carry the aspirations
Of one kāinga to another