Meri Te Tai Mangakahia (Te Rarawa, Ngati Te Reinga, Ngati Manawa, and Te Kaitutae) was the first woman to speak in any New Zealand parliament. In May 1893, she stood in front of the Kotahitanga and presented the motion that women should be able to vote and to be 'accepted as members of the parliament'.
“Natasha is an accomplished artist and obviously works in a kaupapa that is respectful of Papatuanuku. I’m fascinated with her use of the intertwined birds at Meri’s throat as birds are often symbols of messages therefore it assumes a voice from Meri that, in her case, carries a message of mana wahine. And then Aotearoa sitting at her breast, which is another strong representation of the taonga she has left that has helped shape our nation. Then finally the ferns in the background bring softness to Meri that demonstrates her femininity and roundedness to Papatuanuku. Thanks Natasha for portraying our tupuna with such dignity”
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