Title: Waipunārangi

Artist: Lorna Tawhiti

Iwi: Waikato Tainui, Ngāi Te Rangi

Description: Digital Print

For Tainui Waka and Ngāti Raukawa the mother is Matariki, and her daughters are Tupuānuku, Tupuārangi, Waipunarangi, Waitī, Waitā, and Ururangi.

Matariki and her daughters journey across the sky each year to visit their tūpuna kuia, their great grandmother, Papatūānuku.  In Pipiri, each of the stars help Papatūānuku to prepare for the year to come, using their unique super powers or gifts to bring mauri ora to her various environments.  Pipiri is the month Matariki rises again in the East to recommence the journey across the expansive skies of Ranginui. Waipunārangi helps her kuia to prepare the domain of Hineteihorangi where rain is created.

Dimensions: A4


Lorna Tawhiti

Lorna, of Ngāi Te Rangi and Waikato Tainui descent, was born in 1970 in South Auckland. Lorna spent 17 years in Australia from the age of 7, returning to New Zealand with her Ōtaki born husband in 1993. Considering herself an artist-in-training, Lorna spent 30+ years developing her artistic creative style which continues to evolve. Training in Visual Arts, Lorna explored more in commercial graphic art and design. There were two significant ‘pulls’ in Lorna’s life from an early age: to be a tattoo artist and to be a teacher. After spending nearly 20 years as a teacher, she has spent the last three year learning to tattoo. She also set up a business, named May 15 Tattoo, in 2015. She has since combined both graphic and computer art experience to create artworks in tattoo and digital art form. Typically, Lorna’s art has fine lines and feminine details relatable to her inspirations: whānau, te ao Maori, nature, mana wāhine, memories and spiritual themes.


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