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Akapita Kautai

Akapita Kautai

Te Arawa, Tuhoe, Ngati Porou

(1997- )

Although I had been through Kura Kaupapa schooling I had limited experience in the arts, other than Whakairo (wood carving). Having no other career aspirations but a love of the arts I decided to pursue Maori arts as a career. Due to unforeseen circumstance my application to Te Takapu o Rotowhio was unsuccessful but this was a blessing in disguise. I was introduced to Lewis Gardiner, a well respected pounamu carver, who agreed to take me on as a Tauira (apprentice). I am learning new skills on a daily basis and I am surrounded by creative minds who are forthcoming with their knowledge, skills and advice. I have purpose and direction and hope to one day in the future to move forward and share this knowledge given tome with others.

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Spirit Wrestler Gallery

101-1669 West 3rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6J 1K1

Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
Phone: 604-669-8813


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one block West of the Granville Island gates
Between Pine St. and Fir St.

Tuesday to Saturday, open 10-5
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5