- Purchased, 1971
- 240 x 340mm
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This stunning watercolour of mighty Aoraki / Mount Cook rising up beyond Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere / Franz Josef Glacier was made while Te Tai Poutini / the West Coast was still part of the Canterbury Province. (The West Coast became its own province in 1873.) William Fox, who by this stage was Aotearoa New Zealand’s Premier, made a brief trip to South Westland in 1872 where he completed a number of studies of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, the latter being named after him in the same year. Both Te Moeka o Tuawe / Fox Glacier and Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere had their original Māori names officially returned to them as part of the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act in 1998. Te Tai Poutini has long been treasured for its natural resources of pounamu, gold and coal. More recently the natural beauty of the region has made it an international tourist destination.
(Pickaxes and shovels, 17 February – 5 August 2018)