Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)



  • Medium: tōtara, pāua (New Zealand abalone), whalebone
  • Size: 126 × 16 × 4 inches (excl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX50413

Pouihi means “inspired pillar.” There are three components to this carving: the past, present and future. The overall form of this carving depicts the Maori weapon called a kotiate, which was used by chiefs in hand-to-hand combat and was also carried as a decorative element for ceremonies.

Simon Lardelli

Simon Lardelli


Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata

(1970- )

Simon attended Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua from 1989 to 1992, studying in the visual arts program taught by Robert Jahnke. In 1990 he participated in the Taharora Marae project on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, designing and carving poupou (carved figures) and then the front of the meeting house. From 1993 to 1996 he assisted master carver Lyonel Grant on the wharenui (ancestral meeting house) Ihenga at Waiariki Polytechnic. Later, employed by Waiariki Institute of Technology (formerly Waiariki Polytechnic), he tutored in design, sculpture and carving and assisted in a series of major projects for his iwi (people). Since 2001, he has lived with his whanau (family) in Gisborne.