Title: Pare Whenua Mea

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, a perfect addition to the home and art decor collection.

Artist Statement:  Referred to by Ngāti Raukawa as Pare Whenua Mea, she is the ancestral goddess of streams, rivers and creeks.  The squiggles in her eyes represent the algae on rocks, an example differentiating Pare Whenua Mea as a goddess with special purpose as a guardian and caregiver of our waterways.  She is always looking out over the waterways observing all there is to know of these special places.  

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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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