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: Hinepūkohurangi is the ancestral goddess of mist, a mist maiden, water bearer and water protector. She appears young with koru symbolic of personal growth. This younger version of Hinepūkohurangi is cute and relative to all the little girls out there. Many iwi have differing stories, all of them eloquent to their own oral literary artforms. The older version of Hinepūkohurangi is mysterious, working and moving undercover by the many phases of water systems in our ecology. A shape shifter of the waterways, she is shrouded in the knowledge and power of controlling the distribution of water, through the air, skies, earth, mountain ranges, forests and all things living unseen and seen.