Title: Puawānanga

Artist: Taryn Beri

Iwi: Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Te Ātiawa, Kāi Tahu

Description: Digital Print

Puawānanga or Clematis – is a climbing plant with white, snowy flowers with hand-shaped arranged leaves with three ‘fingers’. Puawānanga is a child of the stars Puanga (Rigel in Orion) and Rehua (Antares in Scorpio). In some traditions, the appearance of Puanga signaled Winter and Rehua Summer.  Puawānanga flowers during the months between Winter and Summer.

In Ōtaki, it’s hard to see the rising of Matariki in the East, so Puanga rising was also acknowledged as a sign of the start of the new Māori year.

Dimensions: Print A4, Framed, 240 x 330 x 20 mm



Taryn Te Uira Beri

Nō Ngāti Raukawa, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, me Kāi Tahu a Taryn. She specialises in tāmoko, digital art, contemporary Māori painting, spoken word poetry and performance art. Her journey as a professional artist started in 2008 when she moved to Gisborne to study at Toihoukura Māori Art School after which she began an intense one-on-one tāmoko apprenticeship in Te Tairāwhiti with tohunga Mark Kopua. Over three years she learned tikanga, patterns and designs associated with Tāmoko. In 2011, Taryn studied Mātauranga Māori at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and in 2012 she set out to develop her art practice as a full-time professional artist. Prior to 2008, her background was in Māori fashion and adornment and graphic design, branding, marketing and business management.


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