Title:  Hue

Artist:  Lee Olsen

Iwi:  Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe

Description:  Hue Earrings

“Ka kite a Matariki, maoka ko te hinu”. At this time of Matariki, the hue were used to preserve food in fat (hinu) and were highly prized as rich kai for the cold months ahead. Hine Pū Te Hue was revered for this reason.

Hinepūtehue is also the goddess of musical instruments made of gourds. Amongst a war of the Gods Hine pūtehueue took all their pain and anger into herself, creating a song that she then sang along with wind instruments.  In doing so she calmed the world into a beautiful state of peace.

Materials:  Bamboo, spray paint



Lee Olsen

Lee is from Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu. She has been weaving and using harakeke as an art medium for over fifteen years. Primarily a weaver of kete she has made many other harakake pieces such as whāriki, korowai, pīkau, pākē and piupiu. Her foray into jewellery began with the desire to re-use toenga (left overs) from mahi raranga. A self-confessed magpie, many of the materials she uses for jewellery are from recycled products or from nature. Many of the pieces Lee is creating are made from harakeke, muka, recycled rubber, metal, glass and bamboo.

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