Duane Moyle – Te Pakanga o Kokowai

Size: 68 cm x 95 cm

Artwork date: 2010

Medium: Oil on board

Duane is a local part time artist with a keen interest in local early Tauranga history. In 2010 Duane completed a series of works referenced to a specific event or era in Tauranga’s early history and depicting the often turbulent and volatile situation within New Zealand at the time. This piece is based on the war between Ngati Ranginui of Mauao and Ngai Te Rangi of Maketu which occurred circa 1700. The painting is looking up at Mauao from the base with an overlaying tukutuku structure based on the Kaokao pattern which is thought to represent the arms and torso of warriors in the action of a haka.