Mikes most recent public work was followed in the 2011 television documentary ‘Gift for the Nation’, which aired on National Television to commemorate the signing of the Waitangi Treaty, an important event in New Zealand’s history.

The documentary followed Michael and well-known Maori artist Blaine Te Rito, as they created the carved billboard. The artwork was carved on the front of Maori television H.Q. Building in Auckland city, and was commissioned to signify two cultures working together as they move forward into the future. A live webcam was also set up so that the work could be viewed in progress from around the world.

Mike and Blaine in front of the carved billboard