This mural depicting the separation of heaven and earth is by Cliff Whiting, an artist of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui descent. The figures are Tangaroa (left), god of the sea, Haumia, god of uncultivated foods, Rongo, god of cultivated foods, Tūmatauenga, god of war and people, Tāne, god of the forest, and Tāwhirimātea, god of the wind. These atua (gods) are all children of Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother). Tāne is separating Rangi and Papa.
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Mixed media by Cliff Whiting
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