Emily Karaka’s work above deals with her iwi, Ngai Tai’s relationship with the Treaty of Waitangi in contemporary society. The work addresses the treaty from a Maori worldview, the confrontational and vibrant acrylic colours challenge perceptions of the treaty as a celebratory, founding document. And rather something that lead to the theft of Ngai Tai’s kaitiakitanga of their land. Karaka describes her painting process as her patu (Anderson 449), a term for a club which links back to her tupuna, both of them using their form of weapons, in her case a symbolic weapon used to challenge others opinions.
Anderson, Atholl, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris. Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History. New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books, 2012. Print.