Rangitaane Ki Te Whenua

Te-Manawa window mural

The two central panels of this window mural depict the ancestors Whātonga (on the left) and his grandson Rangitaane. At their feet is the ancestral waka, Kurahaupō.

The surrounding panels display geographical features and aspects of the natural world significant to the Rangitaane people. The stars throughout the design refer to the Rangitaane proverb, “Tini whetū ki te rangi, ko Rangitaane ki te whenua” – “Like the multitudes of stars in the sky, so too are Rangitaane on the land.”

The design is captured between inverted hoe or paddles, which represent ocean voyaging and making landfall.

Created by Reweti Arapere and Liz Grant in 2010. Located in the Foyer at Te Manawa Museum in Palmerston North.

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