Māori writer / academic Dr Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, who is Professor of Psychology at Waikato University says: "Ta moko today is much more than a fashion statement, a passing fad for Māori. It is about where we are going, and how we choose to get there.
And it is about for always, forever." Aesthetically, the bottom is a very sensual area to look at.
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"All in support of what we are trying to fight for, justice for my baby and many other babies that have been crucified unjustly," she said.Kjellgren, Eric, Jo Anne Van Tilburg, and Adrienne L. Each moko contains ancestral tribal messages specific to the wearer.[To show support and to end the conflict and the death of New Zealand children]."The support has helped Dally-Paki through the grieving process.A process made all the more harder as she fights for custody of her two other children. Dally-Paki asked Shailer to care for her two children while she stayed with her eldest son who was in the intensive care unit at Starship Hospital.
A moko on the face is the ultimate statement of one's identity as a Māori.