HUIA COME HOME
Huia e huia, tangata kotahi!
Huia, your destiny is to bring everyone together!
Once the sacred guardian of New Zealand’s native forests, the huia was a symbol of the land’s unique beauty and spirituality. The rare bird’s tragic extinction in the early 1900s represents a shot to the heart of Aotearoa and is a potent metaphor for a country’s conflicted history.
Using the story of the untimely extinction of the huia, J. Ruka offers a fresh perspective on the narrative of Aotearoa; a tale of two cultures, warring worldviews, and the things we lost in translation.
Revisiting the early missionaries, the transformative message of the gospel and the cultural missteps of the Treaty of Waitangi, Huia Come Home invites us to reconnect with the unique story offered by the indigenous Māori lens.
In relearning the history that lies in the soil of Aotearoa, we might just find a shared hope for the future and a recovery of national treasures once thought to be extinct.
Maryanne Shearman (from Taranaki) is best known for her crisp paintings of New Zealand landscapes, often featuring birds. We were privileged to have her illustrate Huia Come Home, bringing to life our ideas and dream. Please visit her website to see and buy her beautiful work, including her original illustrations drawn specifically for Huia Come Home. maryanneshearmanart.com