Title:  Hinetakurua

Artist:  Taryn Beri

Iwi:  Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Ātiawa, Kāi Tahu

Materials: Ink, paper, frame

Description: Framed Digital Print + Print available

Hinetakurua is wife of Tamanuiterā and is one of the bright stars of the night sky (Sirius). Throughout the year, Tamanuiterā slowly journeys between the two – for they wisely live on the opposite side of the sky from each other. His progress either way is marked by the place of his rising on the horizon.

According to certain iwi, it is said that Hineraumati dwells on the land in the North, with her elders Rongomātāne, Haumiatiketike and Tānemāhuta. She sees to the cultivating of crops, and the fattening of game. Hinetakurua, on the other hand, lives further away out near the Southern sea, with her elder Tangaroa. She supports the migration of ika; such as Blue Moki, Tuna and Pīharau, as they go back to their birthplace to spawn.

At a similar time to Matariki rising on the Eastern horizon, we witness Hinetakurua rising into the sky together with her husband. This tells us that her short time with Tamanuiterā – a mere 10 days, has once again come to an end. Over the next few mornings, she prepares him for his long journey Northwards. Then, on the shortest day of June, she bids him farewell.

Dimensions:  Print – A4, Framed 240 X 330 X 20 mm

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Taryn Te Uira Beri

Nō Ngāti Raukawa, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, me Kāi Tahu a Taryn. She specialises in tāmoko, digital art, contemporary Māori painting, spoken word poetry and performance art. Her journey as a professional artist started in 2008 when she moved to Gisborne to study at Toihoukura Māori Art School after which she began an intense one-on-one tāmoko apprenticeship in Te Tairāwhiti with tohunga Mark Kopua. Over three years she learned tikanga, patterns and designs associated with Tāmoko. In 2011, Taryn studied Mātauranga Māori at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and in 2012 she set out to develop her art practice as a full-time professional artist. Prior to 2008, her background was in Māori fashion and adornment and graphic design, branding, marketing and business management.

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