Title: Mahuika 

Artist: Awhina Osborne

Iwi: Ngāti Raukawa

Description: One of a series of Atua Wāhine (Māori Goddesses) Māori anime-style

Artist Statement: Goddess of Fire, a firekeeper.  This is Awhina’s way of bringing awareness to climate change, an ideal gift for children but suitable for people of all ages.  Mahuika is a fierce and powerful atua wahine who made great sacrifices through the deeds of her grandson Māui, so that humankind may enjoy the gift of fire.  Some of the basic necessities in life came from her generosity enabling us the ability to make heat for warmth, to cook our food, to find our way in darkness.  We can demonstrate our gratitude for this gift by using fire responsibly and safely.  The stealth of this gift can quickly turn if being abused or treated carelessly.



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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