Title: Hinenuitepō

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:  Hine Tī Tama is the daughter of Hineahuone and Tāne.  After tragedy Hine Tī Tama transformed herself into Hinenuitepō becoming stronger as she matured fully into womanhood.  Taking herself to a place of sanctuary, this Goddess of the underworld known as Rarohenga greets all her descendants there, uniting upon death.

 

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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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