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Mackenzie in Gold

Original painting Sold, Acrylic on canvas, 1 metre high x 2 metres wide, 2015

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

The large Mackenzie land basin set amidst mountains in the centre of Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand) is home to the only bird in the world with a beak that bends sideways - ngutuparore (the wrybill).

Ngutuparore is pictured here in front of Aotearoa's tallest peak Aoraki Maunga (Mt Cook), perfectly reflected in glacial Lake Pukaki, with oversized Mt Cook lilies and flowering lupins popping up in the foreground.

Intricate Maori and sacred geometric designs highlight and decorate the bird.

Matt black markings swallow up light while metallic gold paint shines in contrast.

It is thought that the wrybill's beak developed a bend so it can reach creatures hidden under stones. Much like the cheeky mountain dwellers the kea, the wrybill’s boldness around people disguises the fact that they are one of New Zealand’s most vulnerable species, with a population of only 5,000.

In the Māori world view, people are closely connected to the land and nature. Kaitiakitanga is based on this idea of humans being part of the natural world. Kaitiakitanga means guardianship and is a way of managing and protecting the environment.

"Ko te whenua te waiu mo nga uri whakatipu"
"The land will provide sustenance for future generations"

Find out how you can be a kaitiaki and help save the wrybill and our Mackenzie Country from dramatic changes due to intensive farming irrigation at www.forestandbird.org.nz/savethemackenzie.

Limited edition print

Limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 355mm high x 725mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border.  Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD).  Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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