This carving, ‘Te wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa’, depicts one version of the creation story, which tells how the god Tāne Mahuta raised the sky by standing on his head and pushing upwards with his feet. The circle represents the sun – source of warmth and light.
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Mixed media by Cliff Whiting
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