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Feature in the Sydney Catholic Weekly

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

I recently was interviewed by the Sydney Catholic Weekly.

Enjoy the article below!

Christchurch artist Damien Walker (pictured), who painted the iconic Ko Hata Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua [Holy Mary, Mother of God], which went on a 12-month hīkoi around Aotearoa-NZ and is now being installed in a national shrine to Mary at St Mary of the Angels in Wellington. Says Damien of the icon: “She’s an image for NZ – she’s half Māori, half Pakeha... Our Lady is calling, challenging – she eyeballs you 100 per cent. She’s challenging the viewer: ‘Do you bring war or do you bring peace to my child? Are you welcome, or are you going to bring war to Christ'?"


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