Indigenous Wellness Research Institute


Painting of the female guardian spirit, Hineteiwaiwa, holding a woman giving birth, by the artist Robyn Kahukiwa. She wears a tiki, which is said in one tribal tradition to have been given to her by Tane to assist with conception. Behind her are Hine-Korako and Rona-Whakamau-Tai, who have important associations with birth in Māori tradition. Source: Ms. Christine Waitai-Rapana.