Kahe te Rangi o te Rau, Heroine of Kapiti.
Copper plate mezzotint print. This print was made for a collaborative print portfolio 'Parikowhai - Stories to tell'.
The print tells the story of Kahe te Rangi o Te Rau who in 1826 famously swam from Kapiti Island to Te Uruhi on the mainland - about 7 miles. She swam with her 5 year old child Makere strapped on her back to raise the alarm of an approaching war party from the south.
Kahe was also one of five women to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. She was regarded by Maori signatories and Pakeha negotiators as a leader with Mana.