Priscilla Cowie
New Zealand

Ko Ngāi Tahu ki Puketeraki,ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāti Kahu ngā iwi. Priscilla Cowie's tribal affiliations are Ngāi Tahu in the South, to Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Kahu in the Far North. Her Pākehā ancestors originate from Scotland, Ireland and France. She was born and raised in Te Waipounamu (South Island).

This stunning new sculptural installation by well-known artist Priscilla Cowie honours 'Tuna', the long finned eel.

Inspired by Ngāi Tahu stories and customs surrounding mahinga kai - traditional food gathering practices and use of natural resources - Rama Tuna brings alive the excitement of going eeling with rama or fire torches.

Fire elements surrounding the installation connect this work to the continuing legacy of tīpuna (ancestors). Rama Tuna highlights the cultural significance, and sense of belonging Ngāi Tahu has to the Ōtākaro / Avon River, a key mahinga kai site for eeling in Ōtautahi, Christchurch.

From an original commission by Festival of Colour

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  • FRI 28 AUG - SUN 13 SEP


  • Market Square at the Arts Centre



Proudly sponsored by:

  • Sponsor Te Runanga o NGAI TAHU
  • Sponsor Christchurch City Council
  • Sponsor Creative NZ

Market Square at the Arts Centre

The Arts Centre
Worcester Boulevard, near the Montreal Street intersection.

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