750 × 775 mm
Image Size: 700 x 700mm
Paper Size: 750 x 775mm
The story of Aoraki Gold
New Zealand's native wading bird the kakī, also known as the black stilt, is pictured here in its ornate golden Māori and sacred geometric designs with Aoraki Mt Cook in the background.
He iti pounamu
This precious endangered bird is like glacial gold; it is a little treasure - he iti pounamu. In 1981 the kakī's population declined to a low of just 23 and they have been intensively managed ever since. DOC’s Kakī Recovery Programme near the town of Twizel in the Mackenzie Basin has a captive breeding centre, vital for the survival of the Kakī.
A Maori proverb
This whakataukī (Māori proverb) describes the importance of genealogy and the intimate connection between life and the natural enviornment.
Te Tōimairaki, me te hukapapa,
me te hukarere, me te ua,
he aitaka nā Raki i a Papa,
koia te taru ka tupu ai i te raumati
Morning mists, ice,
snow and the rain;
Descendents of Raki (Sky Father) and Papa (Earth Mother),
the shoots from which life grows
From her studio in Auckland, New Zealand, Sofia Minson paints bold, soulful, finely detailed portraits, landscapes and surreal oil works. She is inspired by the land, myths and people of Aotearoa (NZ) as well as the unity she sees amongst richly diverse cultures from around the world.
For 13 years Minson's paintings have been exhibited and collected globally. The artist is inspired by her mixed Ngati Porou Maori, Swedish, English and Irish heritage as well as the taonga (treasure) that are Aotearoa's people, land, forests and birds.