Artists have long used their art making to direct attention to urgent issues and debates. These artists raise concerns about human health and wellbeing, making connections with the health and wellbeing of the whenua (land) personified by Papatūānuku (earth mother), the nurturer of all people. These artists reaffirm that caring for the whenua is intimately connected with our own health and wellbeing, as well as that of future generations. These artworks are a call to action and reminder of the fragility of humankind and the interconnection between people and the natural environment.
Nō mua noa atu kua whakamahia e ngā ringa toi te toi ki te miramira i ngā kaupapa nonoi me ngā tautohenga o te wā. Kei te hari ngā ringa toi o konei i ā rātou nawe mō te hauora whaiaro me te oranga tonutanga ki te hinengaro o te rōpū, ka mutu he whakatutū i te kōrero mō te hauora me te oranga tonutanga o te whenua i runga i ngā āhuatanga o Papatūānuku, ko ia te kaipoipoi o te katoa. E ai ki ēnei ringa toi, kua honoa whīwhiwhitia te manaaki i te whenua ki tō tātou hauora, tō tātou oranga tonutanga, ki tērā o ngā whakatipuranga kei te heke tonu mai. Ko ngā toi i konei he karanga kia kōkiri, he whakamaumaharatanga i te marore o te tangata, o te whenua, o te taiao, he hononga tō tētahi ki tētahi.