Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)



Mataora asked Uetonga to paint designs on his face, and Uetonga complied, with the condition that Mataora’s kaitiaki remain with Uetonga. Mataora entered the house of Uetonga, but to the amusement of those within, Mataora’s face designs (kiri tuhi) began to run, causing him great embarrassment.

Gordon Toi Hatfield

Gordon Toi Hatfield


Ngā Puhi

(1964- )

Gordon graduated in 1983 from the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, winning the Sir Henry Kalliher Student of Honour Award for his talents. In the mid-1990s he earned Top Warrior status after a long training in Māori disciplines, and he is a role model for Māori youth through his support of rehabilitation projects at schools. A noted woodcarver who designed and carved traditional meeting houses, including the Auckland University meeting house Tane-nui-a-rangi, he is most known as a ta moko artist.