Metal NZ Kea Bird indoor art

New Zealand Kea Bird Metal Artwork

Tauranga-based metal embossing and pewter artist, Ninette Kruger and NZ Artist Totaea Rendell collaborated to created this unique metal bird artwork.

Ninette saw Totaea’s work on a local Facebook page promoting New Zealand Made Products called Chooice.

She was instantly captivated by Totaea’s powerful Kea Design and knew it would look incredible if the detail could be brought to life in a 3-dimensional pewter artwork.

She reached out for a possible art collaboration and Totaea agreed for her to emboss his design in metal.

Meeting a kea Bird at Milford Sound

Serendipity - I met a Kea on the day I was wearing my Kea T-shirt!

By far one of the most treasured experiences of my life!

While holidaying in the South Island, I met this adorable Kea as we were returning from a trip to Milford Sound.

As luck would have it, I was wearing the T-shirt with the same design I embossed in pewter!

An endangered species, Kea's are the only Alpine parrots in the world, and there are currently only about 7000 of them left in the wild.

If you'd like to contribute to saving these gorgeous birds, please visit

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Raising funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation

Totaea and I chose to raise awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation through donating a percentage of the sale of this piece .

This foundation is very close to Totaea’s heart as his sister suffered from the disease and we’re passionate about making a difference to breast cancer patients in our community.

I currently have two close friends in their early 30's and 40's suffering from breast cancer, and it breaks my heart to see what they have to walk through, undergoing chemo, mastectomies and radiation. I will do everything in my power to help other patients undergoing the same challenge and help make their journey a little easier.

About Papamoa-based artist, Totaea Rendell

Totaea Rendell is an Artist/Designer living in Papamoa Beach in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Born in Auckland, raised in Wellington and studied at the Auckland Institue of Technology, Totaea has worked in the field of visual arts for over two decades between Aotearoa and the U.S.A.

Totaea brings a style that is characterized by bold, strong clean lines. Constantly exploring New Zealand and Maori cultural themes, Totaea has developed a thoughtful, highly creative, contemporary and at times humorous, range of products that speak to our unique “Kiwi-ness”.

Totaea is of Maori (Ngati Maru), Cook Island Maori, and English descent and enjoys bringing all of his passions; Art, Design, Culture and Travel together into his creative process.

Art process video: How Ninette turned Totaea’s Kea Design into a 3-D, hand-embossed Pewter Artwork

Ninette translated Totaea’s original Kea drawing into a 3-dimensional pewter artwork by hand-embossing the design onto pewter sheet.

Join me for a behind-the-scenes look at how I embossed Totaea’s Kea design on Pewter Sheet.

Silver pewter metal NZ Kea bird wall art 70x70cm

NZ metal artist Ninette Kruger with her metal Kea Bird artwork

Inspiration on how this piece can be incorporated as interior decor

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