The earthquake god Ruamoko at Kaputi

This earthquake rolling through Kapiti Island was inspired by Sam Hunt’s poem (which he recites in “Cape Turnagain” by the Warratahs) about Ruamoko, the unborn earthquake god kicking at the belly of his earth mother Papatuanuku, reminding us all that he’s still about –

“After the quake last night, (a rumble low in the gut of the Taranaki bight) – 6.3 turns out – I went checked his name again – Ruamoko, Earthquake God. Not that that a man dare answer back to a God like that….”.

(excepting that I got the wording wrong when painting it, having a good memory is now a forgotten memory in itself). Sam lived a few addresses down from me in Bottle Creek for many years of course – he claims to have given it the name, and why not. This one’s in oils, about 30″x30″

Ruamoko sketch

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