The islands of Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa / the Pacific were settled by remarkable ocean voyagers over many thousands of years. Aotearoa New Zealand was peopled through major waves of migration from the 1200s and later the mid-1800s. The seas of Oceania are like vast pathways; ever-present reminders of distant shores.
The coastlines and beaches of Aotearoa also exist as boundaries, and in the works of these mainly local twentieth-century artists are seen as places of inspiration and identification. Some of these artists created work further afield, visiting other islands in Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.
I roto i ngā manomano tau, i nohoia ai ngā motu o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa e te hunga hau mai te rongo mō te whakatere moana. Mō Niu Tīreni nei, e rua ngā tino hekenga: ko te Māori i te takiwā o te tau 1200, katahi. Ko te Pākehā i te rautau 1800, ka rua. Ko Hinemoana te ara e mahara ai aua iwi rā ki ōna ake whenua tupuna i mahua ai i tawhiti pāmamao.
Ki Niu Tīreni nei, ka noho ko Hinetūākirikiri hei rohe tauārai, hei tawhā. Ka mutu, ka noho hoki a Hinetūākirikiri hei ranga wairua mō ngā ringa toi e whakanuia nei ki tēnei whakaaturanga. I hihiri hoki ētahi o ngā ringa toi i te taunga atu ki motu kē o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.