Niho Taniwha

by Kai Kaulukukui

Napier, NZ – March 2017


Finding This Mural

At the Westshore Surf Lifesaving Club

Westshore Surf Life Saving Club Alfred Street, Westshore, Napier, New Zealand

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

The story and life of this Antipodean Albatross are about to come to an end. The depiction is a split second before she gets hooked by a long line lure and drowned. She is donned with a halo of triangles in gold; this is the Niho Taniwha (teeth of the Taniwha). The gold hue is meant to represent the greed of people who look at profit beyond sustainability and put their pocketbooks ahead of the future generations who will inherit the disasters we are setting up for them. The Taniwha motif, (in short) represents protection for the righteous and defense from the wicked. Are we protecting our financial comfort and indifference or the health and life of our animals, seas, planet and ultimately ourselves?

The Focus

Endangered seabirds