Title: Mukukai

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:  Awhi’s print ‘Mana Moana’ was a contemporary goddess inspired by Mukukai, a significant taniwha/kaitiaki/guardian seen at sea in this region (lower North Island).  Mukukai is celebrated and referenced regularly in the Ngāti Raukawa region, recognised as a tree stump with lots of barnacles and is also known to travel up large rivers. A sign of plentiful seafood soon after sighting.  Mukukai appearing is a warning to respect traditional gathering practices.  



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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