Title:  Tāwhirimātea 

Artist:  Awhina Osborne

Iwi:  Ngāti Raukawa

Description:  First of a series of Atua Tāne (Māori Gods) Māori anime style. An ideal gift for children but suitable for people of all ages.

Artist Statement:  Known mostly as God of the four winds, Tāwhirimātea is the God of weather cycles and patterns.  His strength and power is most evident in marangai and āwha (storms) that unleash on the earth. After his parents; Ranginui (Sky father) and Papatūanuku (Earth mother) were separated by his brother Tāne Māhuta, Tāwhirimātea waged war with all his siblings as the only child that didn’t want his parents to be separated.  Out of frustration and anger he ripped his own eyes out and threw them to his Dad to wear as a cloak of stars becoming the constellation we know as Matariki.

 

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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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