Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Matariki (Star Constellation)


  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade), 9kt gold
  • Size: 19 × 14 × 5 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX50908

Matariki is the Pleiades constellation whose helical rising signals the beginning of the New Year for the Maori. Matariki symbolizes a mother and her six daughters. When Matariki shines bright then it will be a fruitful year. Matariki links the Pacific as many Pacific cultures use her to start the new year.

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner


Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

(1972- )

Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”