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Say hello to Kaha

Posted on February 5, 2024 in Sustainability

Say hello to Kaha

Meet Kaha the kiwi, a Māori term signifying strength, resilience and courage.

As proud sponsors of Save the Kiwi, Kaha the kiwi is our Signature Homes mascot, representing how proud we are to be New Zealand’s largest Kiwi-owned home-build brand.

Kaha the kiwi also represents our commitment to protecting the biodiversity of New Zealand. For each home we build we contribute crucial funding to the Save the Kiwi’s predator protection programmes, kiwi release initiatives, and volunteer workforce.

By partnering with Save the Kiwi, we strive to make a meaningful impact on the conversation of New Zealand’s precious wildlife.


About the artwork

Inspired by the Māori legend of how the kiwi lost its wings, the popping bold palette reflects the bright colours the bird once had and serves as a reminder of the need to preserve and protect.

The face and skeleton depicted on each side aims to juxtapose the feelings around the kiwi. In awe of its beauty and significant importance as a cultural icon of Aotearoa, and on the flipside in despair that this national treasure is endangered.

The fluid tongue is in kōrero of these emotions and pressing issues. It wraps around its beak like caution tape and protection, a reminder of the past and a warning for the future


About the Artist

SWEATS artworks can be characterised by their expressionistic and textural representations of figures and objects. His work explores the multifaceted nature of the human experience, tapping into an explosion of senses while retaining a playful naivety.

Within this SWEATS creates bold contrasts and highlights different aspects of feeling and emotion to engage intrigue and connection.

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