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 earthquake god reminding us all that he’s still about – “a low rumbling deep in the gut of the Taranaki Bight, 6.3 turns out”. Kapiti Island is (sort of) at the southern end of the Bight – “not that it matters, answering back to a god like that”.

Sam lived 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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