Tākuta was taught the art of carving by his father as a young boy and quickly developed a passion for the art form, he then went on to further his knowledge and skill by completing degrees in Māori Design and Art and Mātauranga Māori (Māori studies) at Te Wānanga o Raukawa (indigenous institute of higher learning).
In 2001 he began lecturing for Te Wānanga o Raukawa in the area of Māori Art and Design, he also guest lecturers in the fields of Mātauranga Māori and the Māori Performing Arts. He draws inspiration for his art works from the rich histories of his iwi (tribe) Ngāti Kahungunu and ancestral waka (canoe) the Takitimu.
He is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori (the Māori language) and is well versed in tikanga Māori (Māori custom).
He has exhibited works nationally and internationally and many on his pieces reside in private collections throughout the world including, Canada, America, Japan, Italy, and Australia.
As a modern day practitioner of Māori art he is committed to ensuring the integrity of the artistic legacy he has inherited from his ancestors is upheld in the highest order, and will strive to continue their spirit of innovation in everything he does.
Artist Statement 2010
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