More than just a decorative piece a tiki print first and foremost represents an ongoing connection to Aotearoa/New Zealand. When a tiki is given as a present it's often a deeply meaningful gift that symbolises a connection with NZ and/or the person or people who gift the artwork, in essence a tiki has grown to mean friendship and connectedness with a uniquely NZ slant.
|Picasso Tiki by Lester Hall|
Tiki in pre-colonial Maori culture
Tiki in NZ Art
|Shane Hansen Print "Boy and Friendy"|
New Zealand artists & the future of the TikiAnd considering tiki are a Pacific wide icon it is exciting to see that tiki art from NZ are clearly now
|Drippy Tiki by Greg Straight|
Mickey to Tiki is accessible to non New Zealanders not just because Mickey is so recognisable but also because the tiki is increasingly well known outside of the Pacific. And New Zealand artists are leading this growth in popular consciousness because they are evolving the tiki from an emblem of an historical culture - without sacrificing its meaning - into a fresh and contemporary form that incorporates and includes while (with a few grating exceptions) still respecting and paying homage to the underlying symbolism of the hei-tiki in Maori culture.