Portraits commissioned by the web site THE WIRELESS, of people holding their most valued/cherished posession.
Amelia holding a photo album she was given for her 21st Birthday.
Enna comes from a big Pacific family which means everything to her. The photo she is holding is of her late Grandfather Chief Avaia. “He’s important to me because he was our main head of our family, so he was the chief of our family.” “Any big ceremonies or anything that happened in Samoa he would be the one that represented our family and also the one that would represent our village.” “I’ve learnt a lot from him, so he carried a very big chief title which is good because he is basically the last member to hold that title”, she says. “He is the one to take it to the grave.”
While trying to determine what his most valued item was, I asked Richard what he'd save if there was a fire. 'I don't know if I really care that much about any of this stuff', he replied, 'then again music's pretty important to me'. He searched through his record collection and selected Days of Future Passed by the Moody Blues.
This European styled pounamu pendant has been in Tori's family since the first generation of European settlers and has been traditionally passed to the firstborn son. The raw greenstone was gifted to her ancestor by Maori iwi after a peaceful resolution of a land dispute. She is the first female in her family to wear it.
Rodney is a born and bred Cantabrian who started playing golf when he was seven-years-old. He later went onto play for New Zealand during university and turned pro when he was 23. Now his main focus is teaching golf at Russley Golf Course. “I play golf, it’s my job, it’s my hobby, it’s the sport I play, so I guess it represents who I am.” “It’s something that I’ve done all my life and it’s taken me around the world.”
The first Christmas after his Father passed away Sam's mother gave him this Jade necklace. She told him that its shape represents strength and stability.
This box contains a collection of tokens from the first year of Alex's first relationship, given to her as a gift on their first anniversary.
Nik grew up in Christchurch. He has recently spent a year travelling the world. The urn he’s holding has his mother’s ashes in it. “It’s important to me because she died when I was seven-years-old,” he says. “We had her cremated and that was just a little spread of what me and my sister both got.” “It’s one of those things because it’s completely irreplaceable,” he says. “It’s a connection to my mum and if there was a fire in the house sort of thing it would be one of those things that I grab.”