Title: Aniwaniwa

Artist:  Awhina Osborne

Iwi:  Ngāti Raukawa

Description:  One of a series of Atua Wāhine (Māori Goddesses) Māori anime style An ideal gift for children but suitable for people of all ages.

Artist Statement:  Aniwaniwa is the contemporary goddess of rainbows. All the colours of the rainbow are represented in her hair and the gold symbolises abundance.

Traditionally there are many versions of Aniwaniwa male and female in the rainbow whānau depending on which iwi narrative is being observed.  The presence of Aniwaniwa in the skies is an amazing phenomenon deep in mystique and awe never disappointing the little people as intended.

 

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Awhina Osborne

Āwhina Osborne is from Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Tukorehe. She is the first rangatahi artist in residence at the Māoriland Film Festival, Āwhina is an environmental artist specialising in the personification of the natural Māori world. Nurtured by whānau, her love for Papatūānuku (Earth Mother) is her source. ‘I just love to draw!’ Āwhina and her Mum, Aroha Spinks, work with a graphic designer to digitise her artwork for sale. She is mentored by many whānau members who support her in pursuing her passion to draw and become an artist.

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