Six koru, connected to an outer ring, the circle of life. 2 parents and 4 tamariki (children), all connected to the circle that binds us all. Some live on in memory and heart, others are still firmly placed on the earth (for now). Bur we will always be joined to something greater than ourselves.
There have been many lives lived and lost among the tides of Kapiti Island. Some stories began, and others ended on those tides. There was a prolific whale industry on Kapiti in the 1800’s, ending many lives. Some flourished through these times. From all this death, came my great-great grandfather. Te Kakakura Parata was born of the union between a Maori princess and a Pakeha Whaler.
So too was lost, the life of this TOHORA. Washed ashore at Kapiti Island in 2016.