B and I spotted this mural on the side of one of the buildings in Taupo when we were there in April. As part of the Taupo Street Festival of 2017 it was painted by Pasifika artist Numangatini Mackenzie - his art centres on the exploration of urban space and the processes of building connections to his heritage. His research engages with literature on Oceanic art, museum collections as well as collaborations with living practitioners of art forms ranging from tatau, painting and spoken word to voyaging/navigation and street art.
Numa was born in Canada where his hunger to understand his culture grew, which prompted him to move the Cook Islands in 2009. His move gave Numa the opportunity to grow family ties and his understanding of cultural arts.
Linking up with Mural Monday.