Win by de­sign

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KAREN GA­Z­LEY

A Ngati Toa de­signer’s graphic portrayal of the fa­mous Ka Mate haka will fea­ture glob­ally in the lead-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Piri-Hira Tuka­pua’s de­sign was se­lected on Septem­ber 9, one year be­fore kick off, as a sym­bol to re­flect Aotearoa New Zealand.

It is one of 11 li­censed Maori de­signs to be used on mer­chan­dise re­lated to the Rugby World Cup.

‘‘It is not a sym­bol or logo for the Rugby World Cup,’’ said RWC spokesman Mike Jasper.

Ngati Toa chief Te Rau­paraha com­posed Ka Mate af­ter a neardeath ex­pe­ri­ence while be­ing pur­sued by his en­emy, Ms Tuka­pua said.

Six months ago, Ms Tuka­pua – who set up Taitoko De­sign and Print four years ago in Levin and is a de­scen­dent of Te Rau­paraha – took up the chal­lenge to sub­mit a haka de­sign to Ngati Toa’s gov­er­nance body.

She prayed for di­vine in­spi­ra­tion, then shut her­self in her of­fice for a cou­ple of hours to pro­duce the first draft.

‘‘I be­lieve in the God of the Bi­ble, and I asked him for help. I do be­lieve I got the op­por­tu­nity and suc­cess in an­swer to prayer,’’ Ms Tuka­pua, 30, said.

‘‘ Ka Mate is the ex­pres­sion of death. Ka Ora is the ex­pres­sion of life. The ta­iaha or weapon is Te Rau­paraha. The ta­iaha cuts through mate [cre­at­ing the white line] and over­comes death. The sil­hou­ette is our war­rior spirit, skil­ful, and strong. The koru pat­tern on the left of the K are who we rep­re­sent, past, present, and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.’’

Go­ing global: Piri-Hira Tuka­pua with her Rugby World Cup de­sign fea­tur­ing the well-known haka.

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