Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)



Many different stories are told about the origin of pounamu (New Zealand jade/greenstone). This account tells of a fish named Poutini that belonged to Ngahue, who lived in Hawaiki… Waitaiki is the female figure on the front of the adze, interwoven with the flesh of Poutini, her husband, the father of all the varieties of pounamu.

Fayne Robinson

Fayne Robinson


Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa Ki Te Ra To, Ngāti Porou

(1964- )

Fayne was born and raised in Hokitika (Te Tai Poutini) on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. He graduated from the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua in 1984. After another four years as a graduate carver, he tutored in Hokitika before returning to Rotorua to further his knowledge of carving. Trained in wananga (traditional schooling), he is now developing his own contemporary style.