Awarua O Porirua is a taniwha of Porirua harbour. The young Awarua wanted to be able to migrate with his friends the birds. So, secretly by night, he taught himself to fly. He crashed twice on his first public flight – the second time into Mana Island, taking the top off it.
This version is in acrylics on canvas 62x45cm. Awarua is based on an ancient (by NZ standards) Maori rock carving found in caves at Opihi in South Canterbury.