Five hundred years ago, a bird, the world’s largest eagle, weighing as much as thirty pounds with a wing span of ten feet and talons wider than a tiger’s claws inhabited the South Island and southern North Island of New Zealand.
This eagle preyed upon the large flightless birds such as the moa and takahe. It would perch high in trees and strike with great speed, power and precision. When its food supply dwindled it became extinct.
The legend of Te Hokioi is believed based upon information regarding this eagle, which is passed down from generation to generation. Some traditional stories say that Te Hokioi was only seen in flight, others that it only flew at night or was only visible to those of high birth.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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