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.