In 2018, we commissioned artist Miriama Grace-Smith to create an artwork that captured the essence of mana for tamariki and rangatahi while incorporating all the principles of Mana Mokopuna.
The kowhaiwhai design which dominates the pattern is a powerful symbol of mana. This is based on the qualities of the mangōpare (hammerhead shark), representing strength and power.
Aramoana is the tāniko design which provides the triangular shape at the centre of the motif. Aramoana means pathway of the sea’. It symbolises the pathways, to many destinations, which are’ provided by the ocean and other waterways. The triangle faces upwards to signify growth and moving forward.
Unaunahi is the moko pattern used in the body of the design. This pattern represents fish scales which symbolise the abundance of food and the wealth of the sea and its people.
The dominant colours of red and black embody strength. Shades of blue, yellow and purple signify light and peace. These colours represent the feeling of letting go of the weight that past experiences may have left on tamariki and rangatahi.
The Mana Mokopuna artwork has been specifically designed for Mana Mokopuna and is not to be used in any other context.
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About the artist
Miriama Grace-Smith (Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Toarangatira and Ngāti Porou)has been creating art for most of her life. Her preferred mediums are painting, printmaking, tā moko, illustration and fashion design. Much of her work depicts traditional village life, explores natural phenomena and draws from pūrākau Māori.