Koa is the first drawing in a set of three from Wanaka artist Melissa Sharplin. This little vintage doll is wearing traditional Maori dress worn by members of Kapa Haka groups for concerts and events, she wears a Kahu huruhuru (feather cloak) Pari (bodice) Tipare (headband) two Poi (balls on string) which are swung to music and song and are hanging from her waistband of her Piupiu (flax skirt) around her neck is a Pounamu pendant. 'Koa' was named after Melissa's Great Aunt Koa, who was named by a Maori Chief living in Waimate who struck a friendship with Melissa's Great Grandfather as they lived next door to one another - 5 of his children were named by his friend - Wanaka, Hinemoa, Rewa, Te Hira and Koa. Melissa loves this story of friendship from long ago, how much love and respect he had to ask his friend to name his children, and she hopes to research into who he was - as she is moving to Waimate.!