A new Kowhaiwhai designed for the CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team will be worn on the racing shirts of the women as they compete at the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival in Florida this month. Carrying a distinctive art work from New Zealand will give the women an extra boost of pride as they represent their country. The whakapapa of the design incorporates the motif of the hammer-head shark - symbolising strength and stamina in the water, as well as the vitality of the koru as it unfurls to celebrate life. Both these elements reflect the courage of the women to not only survive breast cancer, but also to train and compete on the water. At a poroporoake yesterday, joined by their whanau, friends and supporters, the team had their new shirts blessed for their journey to the USA.
BraveArt models Betsy Booth and Amber Bellamore, CanSurvive members from the Kapiti Coast wear their new shirts with pride.
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