Title: Papatūanuku

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.

Papatūānuku, in Tainui waka traditions, referred to as the tupuna kuia (great grandmother) of Matariki and Matariki’s 6 daughters. Matariki and her daughters journey across the sky each year to visit Papatūānuku.  During Haratua and part of Pipiri, each of the stars help their kuia to prepare for the year to come, using their unique qualities or gifts to bring mauri, or life forces to her different environments. In the month of Pipiri or Hōngongoi, Matariki rises again in the east to recommence the journey across the vast expanse of Ranginui.

Artist Statement:  Referred to by some as Mother Earth, she was created for a climate change exhibition appearing a bit cheeky poking her tongue out.  Papatūanuku is the mother of the earth, sky and everything in between.  Her love has no bounds, her beauty emanates as an extension of her love for Ranginui, their children and their descendants.



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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