Mokotahi, Mahia Beach

Mokotahi prelim sketch

Off to Mahanga beach tomorrow so here’s 2 pics of Mahia and Mokotahi hill with Mahanga across the isthmus in the background. Mokotahi started life as an island, then was a pa (fortified village) site, then a whaler’s lookout in the 1820-30s and is now National Trust land.

The main image is from a mid-2013 phase of quick acrylic paintings on coarse hessian, it’s about 500×600. I doubt that they’re durable, but I wanted to do some limited palette/less detailed work in big cheap brushes which I could trash in the process. Throwaways, except that I’ve kept them. The small image is acrylics on canvas, 12″x12″

Mokotahi can mean “first grandchild” in te Reo/Maori. It was the name locals gave to a very sociable dolphin which adopted the bay 5 or so years ago. Many of us got to swim with it just off the beach, which was very cool (you can tell when large dolphin schools are about – the fish go elsewhere!). It ended up 100 km away in Gisborne after a while – supposedly a fishing boat guided it there with a lure or bell on the back, tourism politics, then – ditto – around to the Bay of Plenty where it beached on Matakana Island, sadly. And that’s my story. 

And at Easter 2018, our Prime Minister and her man got engaged on the top of Mokotahi, 1 security guy, 2 onlookers and a dog as witnesses. So, no going back.

2 more. The first is a view of Mahia Beach township from Mokotahi with Mahanga Beach on the left and Mahia peninsula on the right. The second is a view of Mokotahi back from the hill above Mahanga Beach. Both are acrylics on board about 20″x14″. And the 3rd is there because I don’t know how to remove it

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