Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Taki Toru triptych


Taki toru means a lashing/tying in threes. The images depict a legend of Paikea, an ancestral sea voyager to Aotearoa,”Land of the Long White Cloud.” Paikea was sent a message in the form of directional lashings wrapped around a gourd and cast into the sea by people in his distant homeland.

Sandy Adsett

Sandy Adsett


Ngāti Kahungunu

(1939- )

Sandy attended Te Aute Boys College in Hawkes Bay and received his formal art training at Ardmore and Dunedin teachers colleges. He became an arts specialist for the Department of Education’s Advisory Service in the 1960s, helping introduce the new “Māori Arts in Schools” program. In 1993, he was appointed principal tutor at Tairawhiti Polytechnic in Gisborne, formatting a wananga (place of learning) arts direction for Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Arts.