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Original painting Sold, acrylic on canvas, 300 x 300mm, 2015

The kōkako is an endemic New Zealand wattlebird, closely related to the extinct huia. The North Island kōkako has bright blue wattles, while the supposedly extinct South Island kōkako has orange or yellow wattles and is known today as the Grey Ghost. Rare sightings are still occasionally reported.

Māori myth tells of the kōkako giving demi-god Maui water to quench his thirst as he fought to slow the racing sun with strong ropes, to bring longer days to the world. The kōkako filled its wattles with water and brought it to Maui, who rewarded the kōkako by making its legs long and slender, enabling the bird to bound through the forest with ease in search of food.

There are fewer than 400 pairs of North Isalnd kōkako that occur in isolated populations in mature podocarp-hardwood forests.

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Limited edition of 75 signed prints of "Kokako" available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 700mm high x 700mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border.  Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD).  Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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