WAIORUA – Of 2 Waters (Whale bone choker on black leather, handmade copper clasp.) The 2 koru design is formed to represent Waiorua Bay at the North End of Kapiti Island, where our whanau have had a presence for 200 years. The idea of 2 waters meeting and converging at the northern end of he island helps to remind us that we are 2 worlds (Maori & Pakeha) merging. There are sometimes rough seas, but also an abundance of life that is created in these turbulent waters.
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.