"My name is Ra Gossage, I am of Ngati Wai/ Ngati Ruahine and English descent.
Pakiri is my ancestral homeland and is the place where I currently live and work.
I have been painting kowhaiwhai for the last eleven years in between raising my family. My first project was designing and painting the kowhaiwhai panels for my marae, Omaha, where my passion for the art form began.
These present works reflect patterns I have seen in nature, a flower, a seed pod , natural taonga of our world."