“WELCOME TO EASTLAND – THE WAY NEW ZEALAND USED TO BE.” The sign said.
It is said that highway 35 is not just a road, but a way of life. It’s a route that has connected the east coast Maori with the rest of the world. It’s where Mullets are the latest hair-do and polyester is still considered a revolutionary fibre. Maori fishing villages dot the landscape not far from the thundering waves with ornately carved Maraes’ and children riding bareback on ponies.
It’s as though I'm are entering an exiled part of a country, an annex where development ground to a halt some years ago. The mountainous, northeast corner of the North Island may represent 10 percent of New Zealand’s landmass but is home to only one percent of its population. Eastland is the least visited area of the country but is sacred and much treasured Maori heartland to the Ngati Porou tribe. This land was never appropriated by the crown as the rest of New Zealand was, and thus never developed in the same way. At times the only clue that I'm still in the 21st century is the road itself. At Raukokore it seems even more wild and untamed, like you had stepped off a boat 200 years ago, faced with an unmapped country. I pull over where on the beach sits an old rusting bus only a few metres from the sea, advertised in hand-painted letters as the “Sovereign Land Owners Embassy.” A painting of a Maori warrior with a facial moko compliments the title and the entire vehicle is fenced in with smooth, twisted driftwood. The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and Maori New Zealand in 1840 made little impression on the people of this area. Many people do not acknowledge it today in Eastland and such roadside exhibits are a proud example of the independence Maori feel here. Toitu Te Whenua - the land remains forever.
Each Limited Edition Giclee and Canvas print is hand signed and numbered by me the artist.
Giclee Prints are on beautifully heavy archival Hahnemule stock, certified by the Fine Art Guild.
A3 :: 17 x 8" // Limited Edition :: 100
A2 :: 24 x 12" // Limited Edition :: 50
A1 :: 33 x 17" // Limited Edition :: 25
A0 :: 47 x 23" // Limited Edition :: 10
A1 :: 33 x 17" // Limited Edition :: 10
A0 :: 47 x 23" // Limited Edition :: 25
Canvas Prints are made with 10oz, 100% cotton duck, acid free primed
Both Canvas and Paper print as made using lightfast inks to keep your artwork looking as vibrant as the day you first set eyes on it for 100+ years. Remember paper prints that are framed will see it's lifetime double that of one left in it's tube under your bed.
Canvas prints are then varnished with a UV protectant.
For New Zealand buyers the canvas is stretched over a 40mm deep wooden frame and tubed for all other countries.
For those outside NZ - most reputable framers should be able to make a custom wood frame, also stretching guide lines are printed on the canvas edges.