Wild Clay and Resin wall hanging by Jane Matua

The Huia; unique among endemic birds in having a broad white band across the tips became extinct in the early 20th century. The manu (bird) was regarded by Māori as tapu (sacred) and the wearing of its beak or tail feathers was a great honour reserved only for people of high status. With each of these manu tukutuku (kite/bird) it signifies a wakahuia; a treasured box that held items of importance and revealed on special occasions. Just like Matariki (the Pleiades) is revealed on special occasions when she appears in the mid-winter night sky.


150 x 90 mm