Artist Ron Te Kawa telling kaupapa Māori stories through quilts
Quilt artist Maungarongo 'Ron' Te Kawa discovered the impact his beautifully crafted pieces had when a couple of construction workers admired his work displayed in an Auckland art gallery.
Mesmerised by the stories that the quilts told, the workers wandered off the street to let Te Kawa know of their appreciation.
"People do recognise themselves in my work. The construction workers came in one at a time and told me their pepeha and their tribal affiliations. They talked in Māori, they talked about the wall hangings. They saw themselves in the centre of a story, not at the edge. That was really neat and special," Te Kawa said.