Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Paepae Taputapu (Container for Tools)


  • Medium: tōtara, pāua (New Zealand abalone), flax
  • Size: 9.5 × 18 × 9 inches
  • Reference Code: KX50403

This particular carving depicts Niwareka, who brought weaving from the underworld to Maori, and Mataora, who brought moko (tattoo)… Although it isn’t common practice, I incorporate weaving and moko designs in my carvings. I see carving and weaving as a continuous tradition of arts that work in partnership, as witnessed by their presence on the marae (gathering place).

Riki Manuel

Riki Manuel


Ngāti Porou

(1960- )

Riki graduated from the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua in 1979 after completing a three-year apprenticeship, then attended Wellington Business School. He continued carving in Christchurch, New Zealand, establishing Te toi Mana Māori Art Gallery in 1985. He has tutored and lectured at many institutions throughout New Zealand.