Title: Hine Rua

Artist: Erihapeti McPherson

Iwi: Kāi Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Kotimana

Description: Pounamu Earrings

At this time of the year, the constellation Matariki has set over the Western Horizon in order to visit her kuia, Papatūānuku. Matariki and her six daughters are spending their time preparing and adorning their kuia for the new year, making her beautiful. Our tūpuna would adorn themselves with many types of ornaments. Pounamu was highly prized, a very valuable form of currency for trade, as they still are today. Hine Rua means ‘two women’ or ‘women of the deep’ and remind us of the beautiful work of Matariki, the mother, and her daughters in adorning their kuia.

Materials: Pounamu – sourced from local iwi, hapū of Mōhua where Erihapeti lives in Motueka, sterling silver

Length: 650 mm


Erihapeti McPherson

Erihapeti is of Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe and Kotimana descent. She lives in Golden Bay, Te Tai Tapu, and has a strong relationship with the local hapū. She is a prolific artist and works with many different mediums. She lets herself be guided by her dreams and visions, and her creation process. All of her natural resources are collected with the blessing of the local Mohua hapū.


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