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Te Tūī (New Zealand Tūī )


The Tūī is a nectar eating forest bird exclusive to New Zealand and was named by the Maori people when they arrived here. Several hundred years later when the English settlers arrived in New Zealand they called the Tūī the Parson Bird on account of its double throat tuft and lacy collar of white feathers contrasting with the rest of its dark iridescent plumage. Possessing an extraordinary voice, the Tūī was a popular cage bird with Maori, and with its ability to mimic could be trained to recite as many as forty or fifty words. To certain Maori tribes the presence of Tūī was regarded as the spirits of deceased persons returning to visit

Rex Homan

Rex Homan


Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa

(1940- )

Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.

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

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