It is believed the Ti Kouka (cabbage tree) is used by Maori travellers to guide them through the landscape. Also noted is a Maori proverb "He rau ti-pinaki, he arero wahine" referring to the long leaf of the cabbage tree being like the talkative tongue of a woman". Whilst in New Zealand last week I found this to be quite profound as I found the connection of the people to their land to be immensely respectful and strong. My own personal encounters throughout the week with other artists, funnily enough women, truly made me open my eyes and ears open to the stories we have to share with one another and how powerful true connection to others is via the arts community. Thank you to New Zealand for sharing your beautiful people and land, a small self journey to awareness of space and connectivity.
This image is titled "Lady of the Land", taken at Mount Zion, a farm just out of Wanganui/Whanganui owned by Pauline and Blue whom I had the privilege of staying with, thank you both for your hospitality and kindness.