Derivative once, twice, …. New Zealand artist, Gordon Walters (1919-1995), picked up the Maori ‘koru’ totem of an unfurling fern in his work. Others have picked up on the emblematic Walters’ graphic.*

*Images have been taken from numerous sources /

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Gordon Walters’ art above /

'Kiss the baby good-bye'

‘Kiss the baby good-bye’ by artist Michael Parekowhai contributed to the debate about Pākehā (non Māori) artists like Gordon Walters appropriating Māori imagery for their works /

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Tatoo of Gordon Walters’ ‘koru’ motif /

Some of the many appearances of the Gordon Walters ‘koru’ to designs of a new New Zealand flag /

Haere Mai by Jason Kelly

Haere Mai, Haere Kotui (‘Welcome, let us go arm in arm’) by Jason Kelly – celebrating his love of NZ with a nod to the re-interpretation of Maori motifs such as the koru by NZ modernist artist Gordon Walters /

a innovative approach to teh New Zealand flag

Michael Smythe – NZ flag design

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