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Auraki Mai | Cultural Consultant and Education

Tāniko Te Rima Collection Full-Set

Tāniko Te Rima Collection Full-Set

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Printable Digital Art: Tāniko Te Rima Collection Full-Set [Printable Art]

This collection demonstrates the tāniko design over a splash of vibrant colours to bring your corner of your world to life. Traditional, yet modern. 

Whakamāramatanga | Meaning for each Piece: [Left to Right]

  1. Tāniko Tā Pātiki: The pātiki (the flounder) represents the manaaki (generosity) of a people. The liquid background represents the coastal iwi (tribes) to which the pātiki reside, a source of sustenance for the tribe and manuwhiri (visitors) alike.
  2. Tāniko Ngā Maunga ā Motu: Maunga (mountains) are significant to the Māori people because of their proximity to the realm of Ranginui the Sky Father. Maunga are places of great awe, spiritual presence and tribal identity for iwi and hapū (tribes).
  3. Tāniko Poutama a Tāwhaki: The Poutama represents the journey of which great Tainui ancestor Tāwhaki ascended to retrieve ngā kete wānanga - the three baskets of knowledge. The intersection of the colours purple, blue and green, represents the space between the spiritual, cognitive and physical realms, to which some believe Tāwhaki traversed to transcend beyond and through the heavens.
  4. Tāniko Niho Taniwhā: The Niho Taniwhā (teeth of the taniwhā) symbolises leadership, strength and stability.
  5. Tāniko Ngā Roimata o Tōroa: The tears of the albatross traces back to the arrival of kūmara (sweet potato) to Aotearoa New Zealand by the two albatross birds of Pourangahua. The blue represents the moana (sea) from which Pourangahua traveled across to bring the kūmara. The red tears represents the whakapapa (genealogical) links to the homelands of the Tōroa, back to Hawaiki.


  • All five digital prints of the Tāniko Te Rima Collection
  • 40 inches × 60 inches
  • Frames not included

[Please note this is a mock-up image only]

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