Kia Kaha Kaiti

Another year, another Waitangi Day.  And that means another design for Ka Pai Kaiti’s Waitangi Day gig.

I re-drew the Kaitiaki from last year, but this time for a tinana (body) he’s got two ngutukura behind him. With his 6 legs/arms coming out of them, 4 of them waving a feather.  This was to show our support for the Idle No More movement. His other two legs are holding up the kupu ‘Kaiti’ at the bottom of the design.

Kia Kaha Kaiti

This time, I used the phrase ‘Kia Kaha Kaiti’ as we’ve never actually had this on a shirt before. These shirts are produced for volunteers and given away as prizes at Ka Pai Kaiti’s Annual Waitangi Day Celebrations.

On the day, people bring their t-shirts to the even and I print them for a gold coin koha (donation). This goes some way to covering my own costs, but doesn’t cover the labour.  It’s a labour of love for me, and is my own contribution as an artist to the community I live and work in.

One of my favourite things about printing these shirts is getting the kids involved, as you can see in the photos!  (taken by Manu Caddie)

If you are interested in getting any shirts printed, it’s $20 a shirt plus GST and postage.

You can see more photos of the event on the Ka Pai Kaiti facebook page.