Mahi Toi-Artworks


Mahi Toi Art Works

Somewhere down the road, walking in the darkness, I concluded that all art originates in the heart of its creator.

Somewhere down the road, in the night, I decided that all authentic art is the concrete expression of the soul of its maker. Anything else is Illustration. That gave me hope and strength. When I realised that my mahi (work) was the ongoing expression of who I was/am, it gave me direction.

You see, what is here is not how you see the world. My art work is how I see the world. It is the outward expression of my inner journey, which what I have to offer you, e te whānau, my family.

Engari (therefore), I offer them to you as an expression of who I am and what I  see.

If the work speaks to you, then you may wish to join my hikoi wairua (soul journey) and keep one of the marker posts.

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Pepeha

Tihei mauri ora

Ko IO te matua

Ko Tangaroa raua ko Tāwhirimātea raua ko Tāne Mahuta ngā atua

Ko te tiirairaka me te kahu me te tohora ngā kaitiaki

I te taha o toku papa

Ko Pukerangatira ki Tauwhare te maunga

Ko Hokianga te moana

 Ko Punehu te awa

Ko Matawhaorua te waka

Ko Waiparera te marae

Ko Te Rarawa te iwi

Ko Tahaawai te hapu

Ko Paiaha te whānau

I te taha o toku mama

Ko Takitimu te maunga

Ko Awarua te moana

Ko Ōreti te awa

Ko Endeavour te waka

Ko Ngāti Wikitoria te iwi

Ko Groves te hapu

Ko Fox te whānau

Ko Tony Bridge toku ingoa

He tu poto tēnei

Ki te whakautu

Nga mihi kua mihia.

Tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna koutou katoa.

Ki ngā aihua maha

Haere, haere, haere.

Who I am

Behold my right to speak

IO is the  Creator

Tangaroa, Tāwhirimātea and Tāne Mahuta are my gods

The fantail, hawk and albatross are my guides

On my father’s side

Pukerangatira to Tauwhare is the mountain

Hokianga is the ocean

Punehu is the river

Matawhaorua is the canoe

Waiparera is my marae

Te Rarawa is my  tribe

Tahaawai is my hapu

Paiha is my family

On my mother’s side

Takitimu is my mountain

Awarua is the water

Ōreti is my river

Endeavour is my canoe

Victorian settlers is my tribe

Groves is my sub-tribe

Fox is my family

I am Tony Bridge

I stand for a short time

To speak to you

My respects to those who have spoken

Greetings, greetings to you, greetings to all of you

To those who have gone before

Welcome, welcome, welcome.