'Mana wahine' by Warren Pōhatu shows Papatūānuku (top) and Ranginui (centre) with Tāne below them breathing life into Hineahuone. She was shaped from the rich red soils (kurawaka) of Papatūānuku, the act which began the whakapapa of te ira wahine (the female element). Tāne said that when the body had served its purpose, it would return to Papatūānuku. In Māori thought, humans begin with the land and end with the land.
Using this item
Artwork by Warren Pohatu, 2007
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.